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2 drug suspects nabbed in QC apartelle

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Two suspected drug peddlers were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted at an apartelle in Cubao, Quezon City on Wednesday night.

Operatives of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Quezon City Policy District launched the operation around 9 p.m. after receiving confirmation on the alleged drug activities inside the establishment involving the suspects.

After the illegal sale of drugs was executed, authorities then grabbed the suspects, identified as Edwind Oliveros, 43, and Justine Alegre, 41.

Police said Oliveros and Alegre were also caught in the act of using illegal substance while inside the apartelle.

Recovered from the suspects were 15 sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, worth P7,500, some drug paraphernalia, P500 marked money and two mobile phones that were possibly used by the suspects to contact their clients.

Oliveros and Alegre both denied the allegations but admitted to using shabu.

They will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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LIST: QC Road closure, traffic rerouting scheme for SONA 2019

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) will implement road closure and traffic rerouting scheme on Monday, July 22 in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

In an advisory, Police Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel said motorists plying Batasan area will have to take alternate route on Monday due to the expected heavy traffic near the Batasang Pambansa Complex where the President will deliver his speech.

The QCPD said closure and traffic rerouting plan will be implemented in the following roads:

  • Starting 12 a.m. on July 22, the entire stretch of Commonwealth Avenue (north and southbound) from Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) /Philcoa to Fairview (Fairview Center Mall) will be cleared and illegally parked vehicles will be towed.
  • Commonwealth Avenue northbound shall be partially closed from Home Depot to the Sandiganbayan U-turn slot.
  • Southbound lanes of Commonwealth will remain open. Eastbound of IBP starting Filinvest 1 up to Sinagtala will be closed for traffic to give way to pro-administration rallyists and demonstrators.
  • At 6:00 AM, motorists coming from QMC to Fairview shall take Zipper Lane at the island breaker  in front  of Home Depot U turn-slot and take  inner lanes. The end and exit point of the Zipper Lane is at the island breaker of the Sandiganbayan U-turn slot. Likewise, motorists coming from Fairview to QMC shall traverse the usual southbound route.
  • At 2:30 PM, light vehicles from QMC to Fairview may take North Ave., turn right to Mindanao Ave., turn right to Old Sauyo Road, turn left to Chestnut St., turn right to Dahlia St., turn left to Fairlane St. then exit to Commonwealth Ave. to destination. Heavy vehicles should take Commonwealth Avenue.
  • All light vehicles from Fairview to QMC may turn right to  Fairlane St., turn right to Dahlia St., turn left to Chestnut St., turn right to Old Sauyo Road, turn right to Mindanao Ave., take U-turn at corner Quirino Highway  to Mindanao Ave., left turn North Ave. to QMC to destination. Heavy vehicles should take Commonwealth Avenue.
  • Light vehicles may also take right turn to Regalado Avenue, right turn to Old Sauyo Road, turn right to Mindanao Ave. take U-turn at Quirino Highway to Mindanao Ave. (Southbound) left turn North Ave to QMC to destination.
  • For vehicles along QMC, they may take right turn to North Ave., right turn to Mindanao Ave., right turn to Old Sauyo Road or Quirino Highway to destination.
  • At 4:00 PM, the entire stretch of IBP Road may lock down for traffic. All light vehicles will take alternate route from QMC to Filinvest 1 & 2, Brgy Bagong Silangan and some inner portions of Brgy. Batasan Hills shall take zipper lane at the island breaker in front of Home Depot U-turn slot and take inner lanes.
  • The end of the zipper lane is at the breaker of Sandiganbayan U-turn slot, then right turn on Litex Payatas Road, right turn on Abris St., right turn on bougainvillea St., right turn to Lower Jasmin St., right turn to Ilang Ilang St., left turn to Santan St., left to Sampaguita St., left turn to Violago Road and meters away right turn and enter the gate 3 of Filinvest 2, to Brgy. Bagong Silangan just follow Violago Road.
  • For those traveling to Filinvest 1, motorists should have an agreement with Filinvest 2 in order to pass by their subdivision to reach the Batasan-San Mateo Road then enter Kagawad St., right turn to resolution St., right turn to Senatorial St., right turn to Sinagtala St., left turn to Masbate or Cotabato St., left turn to Filinvest 1 Road and enter gate of Filivest 1 subdivision.
  • Light vehicles going to Filinvest 2, San Mateo Rizal and Marikina City may take alternate route from Commonwealth-Sandigan, turn right on Sinagtala St., turn right on Senatorial St., turn left on Resolution St., left turn on Kagawad Road then right turn on Batasan San Mateo Road.

The QCPD estimates that by 6 p.m. only the westbound lane of IBP Road leading to the Sandiganbayan underpass/tunnel shall be opened to VIPs exiting from the South Gate of the HOR going to Commonwealth Avenue.

However, the westbound lane from Litex to the HOR South Gate will remain closed until further notice.

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DOTr targets partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Proposed MRT 7 train

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is targeting the partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the project will definitely ease the burden of commuters as travel time from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan will reduce significantly from four hours to about 35 minutes once the project is completed.

On Wednesday (July 17), Batan and DOTr officials inspected MRT-7’s construction site in Quezon City to check the work in progress.

According to the project’s contractor San Miguel Corporation, the ongoing construction is already 44% complete which includes the train stations, platforms and the line where the railings will be placed.

The DOTr also announced that the procurement of 36 new train sets from South Korea has already been done.

MRT-7 is a 23-kilometer railway system that connects North Avenue in Quezon City to the province of Bulacan.

The train system traverses 14 stations namely North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose Del Monte.

It can load up to 500,000 passengers daily.

To prevent similar glitches as those in MRT Line 3, the DOTr is in close coordination with the agency’s private partners in terms of the regular maintenance of the MRT-7.

Usec. Batan said the completion of the entire project is expected in 2022. – with details from Joan Nano

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Authorities conduct clearing operations in Balintawak, QC

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

MMDA personnel confiscate goods of illegal vendors at a wet market in Balintawak, Quezon City

The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) conducted clearing operations in Balintawak, Quezon City on Wednesday (July 10).

This is for a stricter implementation of the anti-illegal parking and anti-illegal vendor in the city.

The Chief of Traffic Operations Division of the (QC DPOS) Dexter Cardenas said the heavy tarffic in EDSA-Balintawak is due to these vendors and illegally parked vehicles.

“Nagdadagsaan ang maraming tao, namamalengke [ang] mga wholesalers, mga retailers. So malaki iyong activities kaya pagdating ng umaga, makikita mo ang daming kalat, ang daming nakaparada, (So people flock here to shop including wholesalers and retailers. There are a lot of activities that by morning, you can see trash and parked vehicles),” he said.

Cardenas added that it is difficult for them to remove the stalls of illegal vendors since they will lose their livelihood.

He calls on these vendors to cooperate with the authorities for the safety and order of Quezon City.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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