DILG hits Lagusnilad vandalism; wants sanctions vs vandals
Robie de Guzman • November 14, 2019 • 859
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday slammed the youth group that vandalized the newly-refurbished walls of the Lagusnilad underpass in Manila, describing the act as deplorable.
“Nakakahiya ang ginawang pambababoy sa Lagusnilad pagkatapos itong linisin at ayusin ng Manila City Government,” DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.
He said that vandalism is a form of malicious mischief under Article 327 of the Revised Penal Code.
Malaya also pointed out that there are many ways to express views on social concerns that do not include dirtying up public places or properties.
“While we respect the rights of these organizations to express their views and opinion, that right is not absolute. Ang karapatan ay may hangganan at kaakibat na responsibilidad. ‘Di na nga kayo nakatulong, ‘wag na sanang mamerwisyo pa ng iba,” he said.
“With the advent of social media, vandalisms like this have directed attention to the obnoxiousness of their method rather than the meaning of their message,” he added.
Cultural group Panday Sining has apologized for spray painting protest statements on the walls of Lagusnilad underpass.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, who was irked by the group’s action, earlier issued a stern warning against those who will be caught vandalizing the wall.
“Change cannot be realized by the government alone. Tulad na lang ng bandalismo. Hindi biro ang pagpapapintura at pagsasaayos ng mga public walls and properties. Samantalang sa ilang segundo lamang ay napakadali ang pagsira nito ng mga nagbabandalismo. Sayang ang pondong puwede sanang ilaan sa iba pang proyektong makapagpapabuti sa buhay ng nakakarami,” Malaya lamented.
Instead of doing vandalisms, he urged groups to get involved in barangay clean-up, anti-smoking campaigns, and other worthwhile activities.
The DILG official also urged local government units (LGU) to revisit and ensure the strict implementation of respective ordinances against vandalism.
“LGUs should, therefore, see to it that they strictly enforce their laws on vandalism so that vandals will face the consequences of their actions,” he said, adding that LGUs should make use of their closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to identify and catch vandals.
The department also called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to apprehend those found violating laws and ordinances.
The Department of the Inteior and Local Government (DILG) has clarified that only eight barangays are covered by the mandatory evacuation.
In a statement, the DILG said the order to implement a mandatory evacuation in eight barangays in Tagaytay City is based on the recommendation of the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
“Both the DILG and NDRRMC acted upon the strong representations of the PHIVOLCS that these barangays are susceptible to volcanic tsunami, ballistic projectiles, and base surge. So, as early as Monday, we already issued the mandatory evacuation order,” said DILG undersecretary and spokesperson, Jonathan Malaya.
The eight barangays from Tagaytay are Bagong Tubig, Kaybagal South (Pob)., Maharlika West, Sambong, San Jose, Silang Junction South, Maharlika East, and Tolentino East.
“We are not the scientific experts here, its the DOST. So, until and unless PHIVOLCS removes these eight barangays from the list of susceptible barangays, the DILG has no choice but to insist that mandatory evacuation should be implemented immediately,” he added.
Malaya reiterated that the mandatory evacuation does not cover all barangays in Tagaytay City. He also said that business establishments in other areas in city may continue their operation.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced that authorities have evacuated almost all of the residents in the 14-kilometer radius danger zone of the Taal Volcano.
DILG Sec. Eduardo Año said they have already evacuated 98-percent of the residents as evacuation measures are still being done for those who have yet to respond to the government’s call to leave their homes.
Año thanked the police, military and other law enforcement agency personnel for maintaining order in the affected areas in lockdown and where total evacuation is being implemented.
The official also said that they have yet to receive reports of looting and that zero-casualty is being maintained in the affected areas of the Taal eruption.
“The three cases reported in media were mainly due to the pre-existing medical condition and not directly related to the eruption,” Año said. — (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said business establishments in Tagaytay City are still not allowed to operate due to the level 4 alert status in the Taal region.
The DILG said establishment who are caught operating within the 14-kilometer danger zone of the Taal volcano might have their business permit revoked or suspended.
“No commercial establishments until or unless this issue of alert level 4 has been downgraded,” according to DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing.
Densing also said that the DILG might coordinate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to close establishments proven to be operating within the 14-kilometer danger zone.
Tourists are also discouraged to visit Tagaytay City.
“We are discouraging, actually, tourists or locals to go up to Tagaytay kasi nasa alert level 4. Mamaya pag-akyat nila baka sumabog, makakadagdag pa sila sa tutulungan o poprotektahan (because it is in alert level 4.It [volcano] might erupt and the tourist might be added to the people needed to be rescued),” he said.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHOVOLCS) said they cannot just lift or downgrade Alert Level 4 due to the possibility of a massive explosive eruption within hours or days remains high .—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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