Authorities conduct clearing operations in Balintawak, QC
Aileen Cerrudo • July 10, 2019 • 662
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.)
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)
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.)
Quezon City Traffic Chief Atty. Ariel Inton is facing carnapping and administrative cases after breaking the window of an illegally parked car on September 24.
Inton broke the window of a 1990 Nissan Maxima that had been parked for two years on the corner of Panay Avenue.
According to Inton, he is ready to face the raps against him.
“Kung sasampahan nila tayo ng carnapping edi tignan natin. Kung sino man ang abogadong hahawak niyan palagay ko naman, alam niya iyan bilang abogado na walang carnapping doon (If they will file carnapping charges against me, then we’ll see. Whoever is the lawyer that will handle the case, I think they will know there was no carnapping there),” he said.
He already apologized for the incident and submitted his resignation to Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte. However, Belmonte did not accept his resignation.
Based on the Facebook post of QC Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management, Belmonte appreciated the humility shown by Inton for immediately apologizing after the incident.
“Belmonte said that leaders of different organizations must emulate the leadership of Inton who knows how to apologize, takes full responsibility of his actions and non-compromising in executing the full extent of the law,” the post read.
Meanwhile, Inton previously reiterated he merely based his action on the 2004 City Ordinance where it is in the authority of a local official to confiscate illegally parked vehicles.
“As I said I will take the responsibility. Sa tingin ko naman sa pagharap natin diyan makikita naman kung ano iyong katotohanan diyan, ( I think, we will see the truth)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
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