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‘Oplan Bakal’ nabs Manila City Hall employee

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – Personnel of Manila Police District arrested a city hall employee for showing off his gun at a resto-bar in Tondo on Thursday night, June 14.

The man identified as Rodelio Reyes, 51, is currently employed as a clerk at Manila City Hall.

Police said a concerned citizen reported Reyes making a scene with his gun while on a drinking spree inside the bar. Authorities immediately launched “Oplan Bakal” (surprise anti-contraband campaign) to arrest Reyes.

“Nag-conduct kami doon sa area ng resto-bar ng Oplan Bakal kasi hindi naman alam kung sino iyong subject. So pagpunta namin doon, naaktuhan naman namin na nilalaro niya talaga iyong baril,” said PSInsp. Edwin Fuggan.

(We conducted Oplan Bakal at the resto-bar because we didn’t know who the subject was. When we got there, we caught him playing with his gun.)

Authorities confiscated Reyes’ 9mm pistol and its license. Reyes admitted being intoxicated and pulling out a gun. He will face charges for alarm and scandal, violation of the Comprehensive Law of Firearms and Ammunition, and likely an administrative case for being a government employee. – Asher Cadapan Jr.

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LIST: Road closures for PH Independence Day on June 12

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) Traffic Enforcement Unit on Tuesday announced it will implement road closure and rerouting of vehicles in some parts of Manila on June 12 for the celebration of the country’s 121st Independence Day.

In an advisory, the MPD said the following roads will be closed on Wednesday beginning at 5 a.m.:

  • North and southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak drive to Pres. Quirino Avenue
  • North and southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard from TM Kalaw Avenue to Pres. Quirino Avenue

Authorities also advised motorists on the following traffic rerouting schemes:

  • All light vehicles traveling along Bonifacio Drive intending to utilize the southbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn left at P. Burgos, turn right to Ma. Orosa, or go straight to Finance Road to point of destination
  • Motorists from the westbound of Kalaw Ave. intending to use the southbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn left to MH Del Pilar to point of destination.
  • All light vehicles intending to use the northbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn right Pres. Quirino to point of destination.

From 5:00 a.m. onwards, trucks will also not be allowed to enter Roxas Boulevard from the following roads:

  • Corner of Pres. Quirino Avenue to Katigbak Drive
  • Bonifacio Drive from Anda Circle to Katigbak Drive
  • President Quirino Avenue Extension (Plaza Dilao)

All trucks traveling along Bonifacio Drive, intending to use the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard, should take the roundabout of Anda Circle going northbound to R10, turn right to Capulong, and take the south truck route to point of destination.

Trucks intending to traverse the northbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn right to Pres. Quirino Avenue to point of destination.

While trucks that are going to ply the Pres. Quirino Avenue Extension to UN Avenue should go straight to Pres Quirino Avenue to Nagtahan to point of destination.

Use of aerial drones over the vicinity of the event areas and the United States Embassy is prohibited, the MPD said.

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Son of Manila village chief nabbed for drugs, firearms

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

(Left) NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Eleazar and Benedict Cortez alias JonJon (center) | Courtesy : NCRPO

MANILA, Philippines – Police on Friday arrested the son of a village chairman in Tondo, Manila, who is listed in the government’s “narco-list,” for illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs.

Operatives of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU), Manila Police District, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) served a search warrant on Benedict Cortez alias JonJon in his residence in Barangay 228 in Tondo at past 4 a.m.

The search warrant was issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 18.

During the search operation, police found four plastic sachets containing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, with a street value of more than P300,000, some drug paraphernalia, an unlicensed 12-gauge shotgun and live ammunitions of a .40 caliber gun.

In a media interview, NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Eleazar said Cortez is the son of village chief Ricardo Cortez, who was listed in the government’s narco-list as a high value target.

Eleazar also alleged that the village chief was using his son in peddling illegal drugs in the area.

“Well, considering na nasa narco list siya, eh talagang maingat na kung kaya’t itong anak niya ang nabalitaan natin na siyang naging isa sa mga nagtutulak ng mga droga sa lugar na ito at iyon ang ating hinainan ng search warrant,” he said.

Eleazar added that Cortez has also been suspected of being involved in past shooting incidents in Manila.

Police said Cortez will be charged for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act in relation to the Omnibus Election Code.

Police also vowed to continue implementing the government’s war on drugs to arrest individuals linked to illegal drugs.

“Patuloy tayong magsasagawa ng operation against those who are involved in the drugs particularly ‘yung kasama sa narco list ng ating pamahalaan pati na rin ‘yung kanilang mga kamag-anak at kanilang mga koneksyon,” Eleazar said.

He also urged the public to report to the Philippine National Police hotline number 117 any suspicious and illegal activities in their areas. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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Manila police rolls off mobile library with teacher-cops for street children

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Members of the Philippine National Police teaching the street children in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Cops in Manila have taken turns gathering street children along Roxas Boulevard not to arrest them but to give them books to read.

Street children are prone to street crimes and their vulnerability are being corrupted at an early age if without proper guidance.

They spend most of their time loitering in parks or along the roads begging for alms.

Nineteen-year-old Lhera recalled how she became accustomed to doing things which she shouldn’t have been doing at a young age.

Due to lack of proper guidance, they just did what they thought was good but was in fact doing things that are against the law.

“Dati po nagnanakaw, nagso-solvent. Nanghahablot po kapag hindi kami binigyan. Pero dahil po sa mga guro naming pulis, nagbago po kami,” Lhera said.

That’s why personnel from the Manila Police District (MPD) launched the mobile library project dubbed as “Pulis na, Teacher pa” program to help street children and out-of-school-youth like Lhera to learn basic academic lessons, good manners and right conduct as well as personal hygiene.

The mobile library regularly parks along Roxas Boulevard every Wednesdays and Fridays.

It is equipped with a wide variety of books collected from private donations. It has audio-visual aids which are effective tools to catch the interests of children.

“Ang magiging subject for the day namin ngayon ay ipapakita ng volunteer teacher namin kung sino ang mga bayani natin. Basic at ang parts of the body at ang mga kinds of job na gusto nilang marating balang araw,” explained one of teacher-cops SPO1 Dennis Bendo.

This gesture by policemen is very much appreciated by the parents of street children in the area because they see how their children learn good things and moral values through the project.

“Malaking tulong po kasi nakakalimutan nila ang mga bisyo nila. Kadalasan kasi ang mga bata ay nagbibisyo sila. Hawa-hawa katulad ng pagso-solvent, nagpupuyat sa gabi. Hindi katulad ngayon maaga pa lang naghihintay na sila,” said Jocelyn, one of the parents.

According to the proponent of the project District Mobile Force Battalion Chief PSupt. Rex Arvin Malimban, their mobile library has just debuted on October 24 and he wishes it to be part of a regular program of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in order to save the street children from becoming liabilities in the society.

“Nag-ugat po ito doon sa mga issue ng mga kabataan na nagba-viral. Umaakyat sa jeep, nang-i- snatch. Kapag nakukuha natin ang mga kabataan, majority are minors so syempre isinu-surrender natin sa DWSD. After ilang (araw) minsan within a day, ibabalik sa pamilya nila o sa barangay nila. So paulit ulit lang ang process. So nag-isip kami ng paraan kung paano kami makaka interact sa kanila,” Malimban explained.

The PNP leadership, meanwhile, is in support of the project. In fact, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is keen on launching mobile libraries and teacher-cops in different parts of the country.

“Puwedeng gayahin ng iba iyan. That’s one good practice para makatulong diyan sa mga batang nasa streets lang at wala silang kakayahan o their parents na papuntahin sa mga schools, At least, para makatulong man lang tayo sa mga kabataan. Kung pwede natin magawa iyan sa Mindanao ay gagawin natin,” Albayalde concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

A PNP patrol car turned into a mini library



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