Deped probes face mask-sharing incident at graduation rites in Camarines Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020   •   403

The Department of Education (DepEd) has begun the investigation on the face mask-sharing incident at a graduation rite in Camarines Norte.

A video went viral on social media showing students sharing face masks during an informal graduation rites at a public elementary school in Daet, Camarines Norte. The video immediately received ire from concerned citizens saying it violates minimum health standards.

According to DepEd Usec. Jess Mateo the department has already asked the school head and the teacher involved to submit a written explanation regarding the incident.

“Pina-explain din namin in writing iyong guro kung ano ang mga pangyayari na roon (We asked the teacher to explain in writing about what happened during the incident),” he said.

He also added that the results of the investigation may be released by next week.

Meanwhile, the local Deped COVID-19 task force is currently monitoring the health status of the students involved in the incident. The department also reiterated that face-to-face graduation or moving-up rites are temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The department encourages schools to conduct virtual graduation rites to keep the students safe from getting infected by the virus. –AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Tales of bayanihan amid Taal Volcano eruption

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 17, 2020

People from across the country, and even overseas, did not hesitate to lend a hand to their fellowmen after Taal Volcano erupted on Sunday (January 12).

Netizen Marj Jorie is proud of her husband who hosed down the windshields of passing cars that were covered with ashfall.

The PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) along with other volunteers rescued animals who got left behind or lost due to the heavy ashfall brought by the Taal eruption.

This eatery in Batangas is giving free food to all evacuees.

Not missing the chance to help, farmers in Benguet also donated vegetables to the residents of Batangas.

Despite his disability, this man gave away free masks to passengers and drivers in Metro Manila after Taal ashfall found its way to the region.

Manila traffic enforcer sacked after being caught asking for bribe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2019

The Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) has confirmed they already fired the traffic enforcer who was caught in a viral video asking bribe from a motorist.

MTPB chief Dennis Viaje said the traffic enforcer assigned to UN Avenue corner Taft Avenue will no longer be part of the Manila City government for engaging in “kotong.”

Netizen Love Laurena posted the video on Monday, November 18 and it immediately went viral.—AAC

Robber caught on viral video arrested in Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 7, 2019

The man who was caught in a viral video for robbing a trucker in Road-10 Tondo, Manila was arrested by authorities on Sunday (October 6).

The Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT) arrested Christopher Dumapi alias “Toper” during an anti-criminality operation on Mel Lopez Boulevard.

Dumapi is one of the four suspects who robbed a trucker on Saturday (October 5). Authorities identified the remaining suspects as Jack Dumapi, Junjun Barola, and Jimwell Jimenez.

On Monday, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso expressed his gratitude for the netizens who took the video of the crime.

“Maraming salamat sa iyo. Kung hindi dahil sa’yo, hindi mo inupload, hindi natin mabibigyan ng hustisya ang ginawang pang-aabuso sa driver ng truck (Thank you. If not for you, there will be no justice for the truck driver),” he said.

Meanwhile, the Manila Mayor also called out the parents of the suspects to surrender their sons and face justice.

“Sa mga magulang ng mga ito, hawak na po namin ang mga pangalan. Hinahanap na po kayo ng mga alagad ng batas. Hinahanap po kayo (To the parents of these individuals, we have the names [of your sons]. Authorities are now looking for them),” he added.—AAC

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