4 suspected robbers killed in QC shootout

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2019   •   416

MANILA, Philippines – Four suspects in a robbery incident were killed in a shootout with police in Payatas Road, Quezon City early Tuesday morning.

According to the Batasan Police Station, they were patrolling the area at around 3 a.m. when they received a report about a robbery incident in a convenience store and gasoline station involving the suspects.

Responding police officers engaged the suspects in a brief gunfight that led to the death of the purported robbers.

Prior to the encounter, workers at the gasoline station said the four suspects, wearing black masks and helmets, arrived in the area on board two motorcycles and declared a hold-up.

“Hinawakan po ako sa leeg tapos pinadapa po ako. Tapos kinuha na po ang pera ng company tapos kasama yung cellphone,” recounted Elmer Boduan, who works as a cashier at the gasoline station.

While two of the suspects were robbing the gasoline station, their two other cohorts entered the convenience store, pulled a gun at its workers and forcibly took the money from the cash register and a mobile phone.  

“May dalang baril po yung lalaki papunta sa akin. Tumakbo ako. Tumago ako. Sabi niya sa akin, ‘Labas ka diyan. Buksan mo y’ong kaha ninyo,’” said Vanessa Epis, the store’s cashier.

The alleged robbers then fled with at least P19,000 in cash and two mobile phones.

Their escape, however, turned into a chase after police officers spotted and pursued them along Payatas Road.

The suspects allegedly opened fire but police retaliated and gunned them down.

Recovered from the scene were four .38 caliber revolver, two motorcycles, one mobile phone, a digital weighing scale and four sachets of suspected shabu.

Police said the slain suspects are yet to be identified. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

QC gov’t moves ban on single-use plastics in restos, hotels to July 1

Robie de Guzman   •   February 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City government on Friday (February 21), said it has moved to July 1 the implementation of its ordinance banning the use of single-use or disposable plastics in restaurants and hotels in the city.

In a statement, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the deferment of the ban’s enforcement is to give restaurants and hotels more time to adjust their dine-in logistics in compliance with the policy.

Ordinance No. SP-2876, S-2019 was supposed to be implemented on February 15 but it was moved in consideration of concerns surrounding logistics, safety and hygiene, requirements and other issues involving day-to-day operations.

“We understand the situation and concerns of the establishments so we will give them ample time to comply,” Belmonte said.

The postponement of the ban’s implementation was recommended by the city’s Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) following a series of dialogues with stakeholders, including restaurants, fast-food chains, and hotels.

EPWMD head Andrea Villaroman said the policy’s enforcement was deferred, provided that stakeholders would come up with a transition plan detailing concrete steps to be undertaken to comply with the said regulation.

The plan, which will be submitted within 30 days from February 15, will include the introduction of recovery and recycling mechanisms for single-use plastics/disposable materials.

“The transition plan should also cover the hotel and restaurants’ amenities indicating the hotel’s and restaurant’s timeline for procurement and attaching the industry standards and hotel/restaurant international regulations as justification for the amenities without alternatives due to sanitation concerns,” Villaroman said.

“It shall also include additional details on single-use plastic/disposable materials used by restaurants/hotels for hygienic and food safety purposes and its appropriate recovery/recycling mechanisms,” she added.

Ordinance No. 2876 prohibits the distribution and/or use of single-use plastics/disposable materials, including cutlery for dine-in purposes, in all hotels and restaurants in Quezon City.

The ban covers the use of throw-away plates, spoons, forks, cups, and other plastic and paper disposables.

The EPWMD also said it is coordinating with the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) to develop the recovery and recycling mechanisms for residual plastics and disposable materials, which can address those single-use wastes not covered by the Ordinance.

The Quezon City government on January 1 started the implementation of the Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance, which is now mostly being followed by establishments.

Villaroman said personnel of EPWMD’s Climate Change team will be deputized to issue notices of violation or environmental violation tickets.

Chinese national arrested, P800-M shabu seized from QC drug sting

Robie de Guzman   •   December 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Over P800-million worth of shabu (crystal meth) were seized by authorities in a drug sting in Quezon City early Tuesday, December 24.

In a statement, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said the operation conducted by its operatives yielded the arrest of a Chinese national, identified as 30-year old Zhang Yuan Quan alias Francis.

Authorities said the anti-drug operation was launched after surveilling the suspect’s activities for two weeks.

Among the items confiscated from Quan were around two kilograms of suspected shabu, estimated to be worth over P13-million and the marked money used in the buy-bust operation.

PDEA said the operation also led to the discovery of some 116 packs of suspected shabu, concealed in teabags, worth more than P788 million inside Quan’s rented apartment in Barangay Sienna.

The Chinese national will face charges for violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

QC bans single-use plastic, Palace hopes other LGUs will follow

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2019

The Quezon City government approved an ordinance that will ban single-use plastic effective January 1, 2020.

According to the Quezon City government single-use plastics and other disposable materials will no longer be allowed in establishments in Quezon City such as in hotels, restaurants and other business establishments.

Chariman of the Committee on Parks and Environment in Quezon City, Hon. Dorothy Delarmente said hotels will no longer be allowed to distribute shampoo and soaps inside plastic sachets and single-use containers.

“Regardless how it was made or manufactured for as long as its purpose for single-use it is covered by the ordinance,” she said.

Establishments that will violate the said ordinance will face the following penalties:

1st Offense P1,000 Penalty
2nd Offense P3,000 Penalty
3rd Offense P5,000 Penalty + Revocation of Business Permit and Closure Order

Meanwhile, Malacañang hopes that other local governments will follow Quezon City’s ordinance on the single-use plastic ban.

“I suppose all local government would follow suit, since the president has already made a stand on that,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento and Rosalie Coz)

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