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
MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has arrested three individuals suspected of selling dried marijuana leaves on Thursday night.
Police identified the suspects as John Paulo Flores, Ryan Erpelo and Kees Van Paul Lorenzo.
The QCPD said the operation was conducted after they received information that the three suspects were selling illegal drugs on social media.
After validating the report, a buy-bust operation was launched against the suspects along Susana Road in Barangay Novaliches Proper in Novaliches at past 8 p.m.
Police seized from the suspects two bricks and dried marijuana leaves worth P240,000.
A follow-up operation on Friday yielded 12 kilos of marijuana leaves worth P1.4 million inside a vehicle along Maximo Street in Barangay Sta. Lucia, Novaliches after one of the suspects confessed to probers and surrendered the remaining stocks at his house.
“Gusto niya na wala ng madamay… So ninais na niyang i-surrender ‘yung mga natitira na items sa kaniyang possession,” QCPD station 10 commander Lt. Col. Louise Benjie Tremor said.
Police said the confiscated illegal drugs were turned over to the QCPD Crime Laboratory Office.
The suspects will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)
The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) on Monday (September 23) demolished the portion of the façade of the Traffic Sector 2 building of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) in Novaliches, as its two pillars have occupied the sidewalk and are causing obstruction.
DPOS personnel said they are not exempting anyone in their clearing operations.
The structure was erected in 2007 and was not obstructing pedestrian traffic then, but the city’s road-widening project has affected the area which caused the two pillars of the building to occupy the sidewalk.
The QCPD personnel also helped in the demolition of the said pillars.
“Kailangan po nating sundin ang utos ng ating minamahal na Pangulo [We need to abide by the directive of our dear President],” Col. Colenrico Vargas, QCPD Deputy District Director for Operation, said.
DPOS assured that the Quezon City District Engineer office has checked the integrity of the building to ensure that it will not collapse and is still safe to use even with the removal of the two front pillars of the building.
“Ire- remove po natin from ground to hanggang doon po sa roofline. Ok naman po iyong structural napag- aralan na po namin hindi naman po maapektuhan iyong whole structure [We will remove from ground to the roofline. We have studied the structural pattern and we noted that (the demolition) will not affect the whole structure],” Engr. Ronnie Remo of the Quezon City District 5 Engineering office said. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang assured that President Rodrigo Duterte will be the first to obey the newly-signed Republic Act 11313 also known as the Safe Spaces Act or ‘Anti-Bastos Law’.
“Since the president signed that law, it means he recognizes the need for that law and since he is the chief enforcer of all the laws of the Philippines, he will be the first one to obey the law,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
Signed on April 17, 2019, the new law imposes stiffer penalties to crimes “committed through any unwanted and uninvited sexual actions or remarks against any person regardless of the motive for committing such action or remarks.”
Among these acts include:
online sexual harassment
persistent unwanted comments on one’s appearance
relentless requests for one’s personal details
Likewise, the law prevents gender-based sexual harassment such as use of words, gestures or actions that ridicule sexual orientation, identity and/or expression from occurring in streets, public places, online workplaces, and educational and training institutions.
Penalties range from P1,000 to P500,000 fine, community service, and imprisonment of six days up to six months.
President Duterte has been criticized many times for his controversial remarks against women, but Panelo said those were all jokes, and definitely not sexual harassment against women.
“That particular law is penal in nature, meaning criminal in nature. In other words, the subject offended party must be offended personally by an offender,” the Presidential Legal Counsel explained.
“Pero kung general na nagkukwento, mao-offend ka? Paano mo sasabihing ikaw ang tinutukoy noon? May problema ka doon. (But he is just telling a story, in general, will you be offended? How can you tell that he was referring to you? Do you have problems with that?) How can you even charge him with what? How did they offend you? Did I refer to you? Papaano ka na? Dismiss agad iyon (How about you then? [The case] will be dismissed right away). Crime is personal to the offender,” he added.
Panelo added that persons who think they were offended by the President are always free to file a complaint once the President steps down from office.
“Any person can sue him for that violation. If you argue that, well, he is immune. Well, you can sue him after the presidency. No one is above the law, including this president and he always tells us that,” Panelo concluded. – with reports from Rosalie Coz
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