Dimple Star, apprehended for operating despite suspension

admin   •   March 26, 2018   •   3711

8 of the 51 Dimple Star bus units apprehended by PNP Mindoro

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Mindoro apprehended 51 bus units of Dimple Star bus firm for operating despite the existing preventive suspension order imposed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

It can be recalled the LTFRB suspended the entire fleet of Dimple Star after one of its units figured in an accident in Occidental Mindoro last week and also for other accidents involving the company’s bus units.

MIMAROPA PIO chief PSupt. Imelda Tolentino said they intercepted the buses in Calapan en route to Iloilo City in the early dawn of Saturday.

“Mga nakaalis na ng Manila papuntang Sablayan. Yung iba ay dadaan sa Oriental papuntang Iloilo City. Ito po yung inabot ng order ng ating presidente na lahat ng buses ay di na pinapayagang tumakbo,” said the official.

(They have left Manila and were supposed to go to Sablayan. The others were going to pass through Oriental to Iloilo City. These units are covered by the president’s order to ban all [Dimple Star] buses from operating.)

The arrest have affected around 400 passengers.

This was addressed by the representative of Dimple Star. The passengers on their way to Iloilo City were loaded into passenger vans going to Roxas.

Meanwhile, owners of the Dimple Star bus voluntarily went to Camp Crame last Friday after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered their arrest.

The couple Nilda and Hilbert Napat said they have no intention of escaping their responsibilities and the investigation into the fatal bus accident in Occidental Mindoro.

“Tulungan naming lahat na naaksidente,” said Hilbert Napat.

(We will help all victims of the accident.)

“Nalulugkot kami sa nangyari. Nakikiramay kami sa namatayan kaya andito nga po kami para malutasan ito at makatulong talaga kasi nalulungkot po talaga kami. Pinaghirapan ho namin yung negosyo namin. Yung hanapbuhay namin,” said Nilda Napat.

(We are saddened by the incident. We condole with those who lost their loved ones. We are here to address this and to really help them.  We worked hard at establishing our business.) — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

2 Bilibid convicts behind grisly killing of ex-Batangas solon – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   January 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Two convicts detained at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) allegedly orchestrated the grisly killing of former Batangas Representative Edgar Mendoza and his two aides, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday.

PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director Brig. Gen. Joel Coronel identified the principal suspect as Sherwin Sanchez, who has been imprisoned since 2015 for murder charges.  

Investigation revealed that Sanchez was a client of Mendoza, a lawyer who handled his transactions concerning financial and properties.

Sanchez did not pay Mendoza for his services after the former was convicted.

Sanchez allegedly conspired with his fellow detainee, Arthur Fajardo, to have Mendoza killed.

Fajardo, a member of the Fajardo kidnap-for-ransom group who has been detained at the state penitentiary since 2005, then contacted his wife, Jael, who allegedly hired the killers.

Mendoza and his companions, bodyguard Nicanor Mendoza and driver Ruel Ruiz, were found burnt inside the former solon’s car in Tiaong, Quezon Province on January 9.

The day before they were killed, Mendoza and his aides went to the home of the family of Fajardo in Calamba, Laguna supposedly to collect a sum of money owed by Sanchez.

“Apparently, on the day he disappeared, and later on found dead, he was supposed to collect a sum of money from representatives of the principal suspect in Calamba,” Coronel said.

Investigation showed that Sanchez and Mendoza had disagreements on the amount for his legal services but later agreed on a sum amounting to millions of pesos.

However, Sanchez had no intention of paying the amount from the start and instead hired some gunmen to kill Mendoza. He allegedly contracted the killers for the sum of P100,000.

“There was a disagreement on the amount to be collected and also base on the revelations of the witnesses and some of the suspects’ confession, there was really no intention on the part of the suspect to the amount agreed by them,” Coronel said.

Police identified Sanchez and Fajardo’s cohorts as Jael Fajardo, Arthur’s wife; Madonna Palermo, Jael’s household worker; Kristine Fernandez, Jael’s errand runner; Carlo Acuña and Erickson Balbastro who were said to be members of the Fajardo kidnap-for-ransom group.

The five suspects were arrested by authorities on January 22.

Police found that prior to their murder, Mendoza and his aides were drugged with coffee laced with sleeping pills while they were in Fajardo’s home. They were later stabbed and struck in the head with a hard object.

The three victims were already dead when their remains were brought and burned in Tiaong, based on Balbastro’s statement.

Coronel said the suspects’ target was only Mendoza and that the two aides were “collateral damage.”

Police said they are hunting down a certain Rodel Mercado, said to be the one who stabbed and struck the victims.

PNP chief Archie Gamboa said three counts of murder have been filed against the suspects.

“This case is considered solved and it is now elevated in the prosecution office arm of the justice system,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP to pull out cops deployed in Taal 14-km danger zone

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2020

Philippine police (L) advise citizens of restricted access implemented in a community affected by ash deposits after an eruption of Taal Volcano, in Agoncillo town, Batangas province, south of Manila, Philippines 14 January 2020. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – Police officers deployed within the 14-kilometer permanent danger zone around the restive Taal Volcano will be pulled out, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the directive was based on the advisory of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) due to the persisting danger it presents despite weakening volcanic activities.

“Ilalabas na natin ang mga pulis beyond the circumferential line, meron tayong mga risk control point na itatalaga at doon lamang mananatili ang mga pulis natin para na rin sa safety ng mga pulis,” he said.

Banac assured that policemen will continue to secure evacuation centers and areas on lockdown amid the Taal Volcano unrest.

The PNP official also urged remaining holdouts to flee their homes for their own safety following reports of residents ignoring the risks and government advisory to try to go home to fetch their belongings.

Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4, which means that a hazardous eruption may occur within hours or days. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

5 suspects in murder of ex-Batangas solon now under police custody

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Five suspects in the killing of former Batangas 2nd District Rep. Edgar Mendoza and two others are now under police custody, authorities said Wednesday.

Police Brig. Gen. Joel Coronel, director of Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP CIDG), said one of the apprehended suspects was identified as the mastermind of the crime.

The charred remains of Mendoza and two others, identified as his bodyguard Roel Ruiz and his driver Nicanor Mendoza, were found inside a burnt car in Tiaong town in Quezon Province on January 9.

Mendoza reportedly left his home to meet someone in Calamba, Laguna on the day he died. He was last seen with his driver and aide on January 7 in Lipa, Batangas.

His family reported him missing when he failed to return home.

Coronel said the motive in the grisly murder appears to be connected to financial and legal disputes.

A lawyer by profession, Mendoza handled cases related to real estate and properties after his stint in Congress.

Coronel said the arrested suspects will be face murder charges. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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