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DENR halts quarrying ops in Rizal until ‘assessment is completed’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018


RIZAL, Philippines – Quarrying and crushing plant operations in San Mateo and Rodriguez (formerly Montalban) in Rizal are now temporarily suspended.

In a memorandum issued by Calabarzon DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau on Tuesday (August 14), Regional Director Samuel Paragas said the suspension was in view of the excessive flooding in low-lying areas in the subject municipalities, especially those adjacent to Marikina-Wawa River.

The flooding submerged several barangays in Rodriguez and San Mateo prompting the local government to declare a state of calamity.

The suspension came after Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go called the attention of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu regarding the concerns of residents in Marikina City during a visit on Monday on the possible links of quarrying activities to severe flooding in their municipalities.

The order which took effect “immediately” upon release shall remain in force, according to the memorandum, “until an assessment is completed” on the potential role of quarrying to the flooding in the said areas. – Jenica Cruz / Marje Pelayo

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Raid of NPA safe house in Rizal nabs 8, yields high-powered firearms

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

courtesy: 2ID Philippine Army

RIZAL, Philippines – Members of the Philippine Army’s (PA) 80th Infantry Battalion together with operatives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided Coral Farm in Sitio Dalig in the municipality of Teresa on Tuesday (September 25) where authorities seized high-powered firearms.

The property, believed to be a safe house of top New People’s Army (NPA) leaders in the area, had been under military surveillance in recent months.

The NPA leaders who were said to be frequent visitors of the farm are Armando Lazarte alias Pat/Romano, the secretary of the NPA’s Sub-Regional Military Area 4A, and Tirso Alcantara alias Bart, the former commander of the NPA terrorists’ Regional Yunit Guerilla.

According to 202nd Infantry Brigade Commander BGen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. the success of the operation meant that the authorities thwarted another “Red October” movement that aimed at destabilizing the government by ousting President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The presence of top NPA leaders and the proximity of Teresa town to Manila are indicators that the threat of “Red October” cannot be downplayed and that the plotters are just waiting for an opportunity to execute their plans,” the General said.

Recovered from the raid were four M653 (baby Armalite) rifles; one M203 Grenade Launcher; five U.S. made 12-gauge shotguns; one caliber .45 pistol; one caliber .38 revolver; one 9mm KG3 machine pistol; six units of two-way radios; two grenades; eight cellphones; enemy documents and numerous war materiel as well as weapon system accessories.

courtesy: 2ID Philippine Army

Eight personalities were nabbed from the operation including the owner of the farm, Ki Be E alias Lily Ong.

Lt. Col. Melencio Ragudo, Commander of the 80th Infantry Battalion said two of the M653s belonged to alias Bart and the other two, including the grenades, were owned by alias Pat, citing testimony from one of the apprehended persons.

courtesy: 2ID Philippine Army

Major General Rhoderick  Parayno, Commander of the PA 2ID commended the team for the successful operations which “preempted the destabilization plot” and vowed to preserve the “Filipino people’s peaceful and democratic way of life by ensuring order across our area of responsibility.” — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)


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P3.4M worth of suspected shabu seized in Antipolo

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) seized over P3 million worth of suspected shabu in Barangay Mayamot, Antipolo City Wednesday night.

The suspect, identified as Emilio Dugan, 39, is a resident of Viga, Catanduanes.

Authorities were able to trap Dugan through a poser-buyer. However, Dugan’s cohort was able to escape.

“Hawak talaga ng isang operatiba natin iyong kasama niya. Noong humarang siya, (palibahasa) malaking tao, nakatakbo. Siya iyong naiwan,” recalled Agent Robert Sebastian.

Seized from Dugan were three plastic bags of suspected shabu weighing 500g and valued at around P3.4M,  along with a cellular phone and the marked money.

Dugan denied involvement in illegal drug trade.

“May nagpabibit lang sa akin nung bag. May inutos lang po na dalhin doon sa loob ng aramis. Negative po, hindi po ako gumagamit,” he argued.

The suspect will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act while authorities launch a massive manhunt against his accomplice. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

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Notorious carnapper falls in Binangonan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018

The joint forces of PNP Highway Patrol Group and Binangonan Police captured Calabarzon region’s second most notorious carnapper  on Thursday, August 16,  in
Barangay Mambog, Binangonan, Rizal.

The suspect was identified as Herminihildo Aran, a member of Anore Aran Carnapping Group which targets four-wheeled vehicles such as elf trucks, drop side trucks and closed vans.

The suspect initially resisted arrest and struggled to free himself from his captors but eventually succumbed to authorities.

“Actually, nahirapan po kami. Nung una ayaw talaga, hindi siya responsive. Hindi siya nakiki-cooperate. We said to the individual na, ‘May warrant ka, ito o’. Kasi hindi ho naniniwala,” said Rizal Highway Patrol Group Provincial Chief PSInsp Jon Russel Barnacha.

(He gave us a hard time. He was not cooperating and was unresponsive. We  said to him, ‘You have a warrant, it’s here.’ He didn’t believe us.)

Aran denied the allegations against him.

“Wala sir, wala pong katotohanan yung inaano nila sa akin.  Di ko po ginagawa yung mga ganung ano. Nadamay lang po ako,” he said.

(Their accusations against me are not true. I don’t engage in such activities. I was just dragged into this.)

Aran had previously been arrested for drug charges but was able to file bail.

He is now facing charges for violating Republic Act 10883, Section 3 or the New Anti-Carnapping Law. — Jennica Cruz | UNTV News & Rescue

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