3 child kidnapping suspects arrested in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 27, 2019   •   3083

MARIKINA, Philippines – An old woman has been arrested after attempting to kidnap a minor in Jesus dela Peña, Marikina City on Monday. Meanwhile, two men were also arrested for reportedly attempting to kidnap children in Quezon City.

The CCTV in the area caught 70-year-old Gloria Payos approaching several kids playing in an alley who refused to go with her.

She then approached a young girl eating outside their house and pulled her by the hand. The child’s parents immediately saw what happened and prevented the attempt.

“Hinawakan niya po ‘yung kamay ng anak ko tapos pilit niya po sinasama pero bigla pong tumakbo; pumiglas po ‘yung anak ko,” according to one of her parents.

(She took my daughter’s hand and forced her to come with her; my daughter tried to free herself.)

Payos quickly left the scene but again, attempted another kidnapping in another area.

The parents reported the incident to the police resulting in the arrest of the suspect.

“Tamang-tama na dumaan din ‘yung mobile natin doon sa kalye na ‘yon, tinawag po ‘nung isang mother nung biktima kaya ang ginawa ng mga tao natin, mga pulis natin, dinala muna sa barangay,” according to Commander of Police Community Precinct 5 Marikina City Psupt. Mauro Gerrero.

(It is proper timing that our mobile was plying that same street. One of the victims’ mothers called out, so our policemen took the suspect to the barangay.)

Meanwhile, two men suspected of kidnapping children in Quezon City were brought to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

They were identified as Danilo Bacabis and Bonifacio Lababo, both are residents of Quezon City.

Witness of the incident verified the kidnapping attempt of the two suspects.

“Iyon nga po, nakita nga daw po niya iyan na nakasumbrero, naka-shades, tapos dala po iyang gitara. Inaalok po siya; bibigyan siya ng maraming coins at tsaka maraming chocolates,” another parent said.

(They saw him wearing a hat and shades while carrying his guitar. He offered the children coins and chocolates.)

“Kasama niya po ‘yung kapatid niya anim na taon. May van na nakaabang. Nakatakbo lang sila magkapatid kaya hindi sila nakuha,” another parent said.

(He was with his six-year-old sibling. There was a van nearby. They were able to run so they were not caught.)

The suspects said they were only in the neighborhood to busk for donations and that they were only forced to admit to the crime.

“Inamin ko lang iyon para tigilan nila ako sa pananakit sa akin,” Lababo said.

(I only admitted it so they will stop hurting me.)

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will thoroughly investigate the incident and is currently in custody of the suspects who are facing Attempted Abduction in relation to Republic Act 7610.

“Sa ngayon, walang batang nawawala. Pero doon kasi sa incident kanina, nakuha niya ’yung bata, nakaalis lang at nakapiglas So, ni-report siya ngayon, kinuyog na siya ng mga tao doon. Dinala sa barangay, ina-identify ngayon ng bata,” according to Regional Director of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) PDIR. Guillermo Eleazar.

(There are currently no missing children. But during the incident earlier, she was able to kidnap one child but that child was able to escape. Residents ganged up on her and also filed a report against her. She was brought to the barangay and the child was able to identify her.) –Aileen Cerrudo with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.

DSWD to utilize new facility for SAP payout in QC

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) plans to tap a new payout facility to hasten distribution of the Social Amelioration Program’s second tranche of cash aid to Quezon City residents.

This, after the DSWD reached out to the Quezon City local government to settle issues over delay in the payout of cash subsidies to many of the SAP beneficiaries in the city.

According to the agency, the delay were often caused by lack of information, particularly the contact numbers of beneficiaries.

“Naipaliwanag sa amin na nahihirapan sila sa pamimigay dahil marami sa mga benepisyaryo ay hindi kumpleto ang impormasyon, gaya ng cellphone number (They said they had difficulties in releasing the cash assistance because of incomplete information on the beneficiaries such as cellphone numbers),” said  Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The new payment facility is expected to hasten the payout process as well as provide manual payout delivery services to recipients who do not have contact numbers for wire transfers.

“Pinaplantsa lang nila ang mga detalye para ito’y agad na maisakatuparan at upang mapakinabangan na ng ating mga residente ang SAP na ipinangako sa kanila ng national government (They are ironing out the details before proceeding so that the residents can finally benefit from SAP which the national government promised to them),” she added.

So far, the city’s Social Services Development Department said only 151,192 beneficiaries have received the second tranche of the cash assistance amounting to P8,000 out of the 377, 584 SAP recipients in the city, 

Once settled, the payout will begin in October.

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Quezon City gov’t taps e-commerce platform to help small businesses

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2020

The Quezon City government has partnered with the online shopping platform, Shopee to provide free registration for the city’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME), the local government announced.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the partnership is part of its move to strengthen its programs supporting small businesses affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We value the economic well-being of our MSMEs in the city as they are our important partners in developing the local economy. With Shopee, we will be able to help more of them survive and continue their businesses despite the ongoing health crisis,” Belmonte said.

The QC government through its Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO) shall screen applicants and endorse qualified MSMEs to Shopee for onboarding and training.

MSMEs may apply provided that they are compliant with the local government business registration requirements.

“We are happy to partner with Quezon City to help their local sellers step up on their digitalization efforts and capture the growing proportion of online-first consumers,” said Martin Yu, associate director of Shopee Philippines.

Interested applicants may get in touch with SBCDPO through their Facebook page.

QC launches online consultation system for COVID-19 patients

Marje Pelayo   •   August 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — In partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), the Quezon City government has launched a telemedicine system.

Dubbed as QC COVID Telemed, the program aims at providing remote medical assistance to confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in the city.

It is an online system that allows patients undergoing home quarantine or those admitted to the city’s community health facilities to consult with their doctors without having to personally meet them.

“Dito sa QC gagamitin nila ang telemedicine sa pagmo-monitor doon sa mga kaso na naka-quarantine para nang sa ganoon, nasusubaybayan nila araw araw ang sintomas nila (Here in Quezon City, they will use telemedicine to monitor the cases of those under home quarantine so their symptoms will be monitored daily),” explained DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag.

“Pwede rin naman para kamustahin ang mga nagumpisa nang magrecover para sa ganoon nalalaman nila kaagad kung baka may iba pang taong nahawa (It could also be used to check on those who are starting to recover to determine if there are other persons who have been infected),” he added.

According to Mayor Joy Belmonte the program would limit physical contact between COVID-19 patients and healthcare workers thus minimizing the risk of further transmission.

The mayor added that the program would also enable doctors who are unable to do full-time hospital duties, such as elderly doctors and those with comorbidities, to perform their profession with no restrictions.

Based on the city health department’s data, the city has around 10,736 confirmed cases to date.

“Sobra po akong nagpapasalamat sa Kagawaran ng Kalusugan dahil talagang kailangan na kailangan namin. Sa datos natin ngayon talagang tumataas bilang ng mga COVID positive patients natin (I am extremely thankful to the Department of Health because we really need this. Based on data, our number of COVID-19 positive cases is increasing),” Mayor Belmonte said.

“Kulang na kulang po tayo sa doktor at healthcare professionals. Sa pamamagitan ng telemedicine matutulungan natin ang mga pasyente (We are short on doctors and healthcare professionals. So, through telemedicine, we will be able to help our patients),” she added.

In support of the program, DOH has provided the city government with 15 laptop and desktop units which will be distributed to various HOPE facilities and selected health centers across the city. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

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