3 QC cops relieved from post over ‘catcalling’

UNTV News   •   November 10, 2017   •   4559

MANILA, Philippines – Based on the statement of 21-year old Zandy, not her real name, she was walking along Kamuning Avenue on the night of November 2 when a patrol car of the Quezon City police with body number 235 began to keep pace near her.

But instead of feeling safe, she felt harassed.

“Parang sumasabay tapos yung tingin po talaga is something na kahit sinong babae na naglalakad parang iisipin mong may malice po. Kasi yung mukha tapos nung narinig ko na pong nagsipol, doon na po ako tumigil sa paglakad po,” Zandy said.

(It seemed to be following me and the looks they were giving me…any woman would think there is malice in them. Because of the expression and the whistling, that was when I stopped walking.)

Because of the incident, Zandy filed a catcalling complaint against the policemen.

However, Zandy recognized only PO1 Domingo Cena since he was the one sitting in the passenger seat that time and rolled down the window of the patrol car.

However, after the investigation, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) discovered two more officers namely, PO2 Rick Tanguilan and SPO1 Ariel Camiling, were with Cena when the incident happened.

Tanguilan and Cena of the QCPD Station 8 are facing complaints for violation of the Anti-Catcalling Ordinance of Quezon City.

The cops will also face administrative cases. SPO1 Camiling will be administratively charged as well for attempting to cover up the incident.

“We’ll file conduct of unbecoming, dishonesty, for grave misconduct, ”QCPD District Director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said. “Clearly, act like this catcalling and making offensive facial and body gestures or harassment have no place or time in QCPD or in Quezon City,” he added.

The Quezon City Police has expressed admiration for Zandy’s courage in reporting the incident. – Abi Santa Ines | UNTV News & Rescue


Cop who shot ex-soldier may face administrative, criminal charges – QCPD

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A police officer who shot dead a retired soldier, believed to have been suffering from mental issues, during an altercation at a checkpoint may face criminal and administrative charges, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said.

QCPD director Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo said the police trainee, identified as Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo, is now being investigated for his action in the incident.

In a video that went viral on social media, a man can be heard arguing with police officers manning a checkpoint along Maligaya Drive in Barangay Pasong Putik in Quezon City. The incident occurred on Tuesday, April 21 at around 2 p.m.

The man was later identified as Winston Ragos, a former military officer who retired from service after he was diagnosed with a mental disorder. Earlier reports said that he was last assigned in the field during the Marawi siege.

The footage also showed Florendo pointing a gun at Ragos while other law enforcers asked him to surrender to authorities.

Ragos, however, did not heed their call, and instead faced the police officer and acted as if he was drawing something from his sling bag.

Montejo said Ragos’ action have prompted Florendo to shoot him twice.

The victim was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.

Based on initial investigation, Montejo said Ragos allegedly cussed at the policemen manning the checkpoint after he was told to head home for supposedly violating the enhanced community quarantine protocol.

Montejo said that based on initial information, it appears that Florendo only made a judgment call during the incident when Ragos acted to draw something from his bag.

Police claimed that Ragos was carrying a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber hand gun from his sling bag.

“Masasabi kasi nating ‘judgement call’ yung naging aksyon ng ating pulis laban sa suspek na armado din ng baril kaya nagawa niyang paputukan,” Montejo said.

Witnesses and the family of Ragos, however, claimed the victim was not armed during the confrontation.

With these conflicting claims, Montejo said an investigation is now being conducted on the case.

Florendo has surrendered his service firearm as he undergoes administrative probe.

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa has expressed sympathy to the bereaved family of Ragos, and assured a thorough investigation into the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

QCPD to pursue case vs residents who protested for aid despite QC mayor’s plea

Robie de Guzman   •   April 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Thursday said it will pursue the filing of charges against 21 individuals who were arrested for staging a rally to demand aid amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

The QCPD said the residents violated the Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the law on Response to Notifiable Diseases, Epidemics, and Health Events of Public Concern, Presidential Proclamation No. 922, and Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code for disobedience to persons in authority.

The QCPD said the 21 individuals will undergo inquest proceedings online on Friday.

“Sa ngayon po, ipa-file po natin ‘yung kaso laban sa kanila,” QCPD Spokesperson Police Lieutenant Johanna Sazon said.

The arrested individuals, who are residents of Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, were apparently part of dozens of protesters who formed a barricade along EDSA service road on Wednesday afternoon to appeal for assistance from the local government.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte earlier appealed to release the residents for humanitarian reasons.

But she assured she will abide by President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive not to tolerate any acts that are in violation of the law, especially amid the COVID-19 quarantine.

“I made an appeal for their release only for humanitarian reasons yesterday and this was duly noted but denied, and it is not my place to obstruct justice. I was told they were in clear violation of Republic Act #11469 otherwise known as the Bayanihan Heal As One Act,” Belmonte said in a statement.

“The directive of the President in his statement last night was very clear that acts such as those they allegedly committed will not be tolerated and therefore I fully abide,” she added.

The mayor earlier assured her constituents that there is a continuous distribution of relief packs.

Authorities also appealed for the public’s patience and understanding over the delayed movement of relief assistance. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Police arrests QC residents who staged protest to demand aid amid COVID-19 crisis

Robie de Guzman   •   April 1, 2020

Some 20 residents of Quezon City who were among a group that staged a protest to demand food and other aid from the government were arrested on Wednesday.

According to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), the arrested individuals, who are residents of Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, were apparently part of dozens of protesters who staged a rally in Barangay San Roque along EDSA to appeal for assistance amid the COVID-19 community quarantine.

The group complained of not receiving any help from the local government although some residents in their area have already received food packs distributed by their barangay officials.

“Kaya nga nagagalit sila kasi bakit sa gilid lang nabigyan, bakit sa kanilang grupo hindi pa nabigyan. Ibig sabihin, doon lang daw nagtapos y’ong dala nila Kap, hindi sila nabalikan ulit,” Ligaya Sambayon, a personnel of Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, said.

The Quezon City government, however, denied the claims, stressing that there is continuous distribution of food packs both from local government and barangays.

The local government also said that based on guidelines, all recipients of food packs must be properly documented and the lists are available for scrutiny in the interest of transparency.

“Nevertheless, the Mayor (Joy Belmonte) has instructed city personnel to review the list to make sure nobody has been inadvertently left out,” the QC government said in a statement.

The local government also believes that the rally was instigated by a left-leaning group who allegedly told the residents to go to the area to get their relief packs.

“Yung mga tao akala po nila may bigayan talaga eh pagdating nila doon yung mga hard core ng Kadamay yun na po ang nagpainit at nag-instigate na wala daw pong ibinigay na relief goods ang atin pong lungsod ang atin pong barangay. Pero sa katotohanan po mayroon ng ibinigay ang barangay,” Ranulfo Rannie Ludovica, Action Officer of QC Task Force Disiplina, said.

QCPD members who responded to the incident said they tried to urge the residents to go home but they allegedly refused which prompted authorities to make arrests.

Police assured no one was hurt in the incident.

The residents are presently detained at the Camp Karingal.

The Philippine National Police said the residents will face charges for illegally holding a public assembly, and for violating the law on Response to Notifiable Diseases, Epidemics, and Health Events of Public Concern, Presidential Proclamation No. 922, Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, and the Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code for disobedience to persons in authority. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)


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