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DOTr begins construction of Tutuban-Marilao station as part of PNR’s Manila to Clark Project

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — Officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and local government officials of Bulacan led the groundbreaking ceremony for the start of the construction of the first phase of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark project.

The first phase of the project covers the installation of new rails and construction of new stations from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in Bulacan.

It will be 38 kilometers in length with its station located at Socorro, Marilao Bulacan.

The Tutuban to Marilao PNR station is the first phase of the Manila to Clark Railway Project the government targets to finish by the year 2022.

The DOTr said that the current 2-hour travel from Tutuban Manila to Bulacan will be shortened to 35 minutes once construction on the first phase of the Manila to Clark PNR project is completed.

 

DOTr explained that phase one which covers Tutuban up to Malolos will be operational by 2021 while phase 2 which covers Clark International Airport and new Clark City will be operational by 2022.

Based on the estimates of the transportation department, the PNR Manila to Clark project can accommodate up to more than 300,000 passengers.

Also present at the ground-breaking ceremony were Senators Joel Villanueva and Joseph Victor Ejercito who are both residents of Bulacan.

According to Senator Villanueva, the project is a huge help in creating more jobs.

“In the Build Build Build, what follows are more jobs. There will be a huge demand for carpenters, construction workers. It will create more jobs for our citizens,” he said.

Daily commuters will soon see the great benefits  of the project once it is completed.

“If the train will be completed, the traffic will be decongested. They said each town will have an exit,” said Bulacan resident, Rudy Farinas.

“Traffic will finally ease up because at present, it is too heavy. This project is going to be a huge help,” said Marlyn Macasmo, a local resident of Bulacan.

The Manila to Clark PNR project is among the projects under the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Man, 22, and a minor nabbed for Bulacan rape-slay

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

 

Melvin Altubar,22, and his 16-year old accomplice were arrested on Wednesday, August 15 for the rape and slay of a 15-year-old girl in Pulilan, Bulacan.

Based on initial investigation of Bulacan- PNP, the body of teenager, Angelica Calimlim was found floating in a creek in Barangay Dampol Uno on Monday, August 13.

Calimlim was last seen on August 7 when she went to the store on an errand that she never returned from.

Before being killed, the victim was allegedly raped and her body forcibly stuffed into a sewer by the suspects — one of whom was her text mate.

The victim’s cellphone served as a lead for the police when one of the suspects pawned it after committing the crime.

Pulilan Police chief Supt. Arwin Tadeo said, “Merong tayong asset na nagbigay nagturo sa atin sa cellphone ng biktima na isinanla sa isang tao doon din sa lugar… kinuha natin ang cellphone at pinakita sa kapatid at nanay, positive na inidentify.”

(We have a police asset who tipped us about victim’s cellphone being pawned in the same area…we took the cellphone and showed it to the victim’s family who positively identified the item.)

In their defense, suspect Altubar said, “Nasobrahan po kami sa lasing kaya po namin nagawa yun… Nakapatay po kami ng tao.”

(We were so drunk that’s why we did it….we ended up killing someone.)

Altubar will be facing charges of rape, murder and robbery, while his young accomplice will be turned over to the custody of Department of Social Welfare and Development. — Reynante Ponte

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Dams in Bulacan reached spilling level, submerged several towns

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Raging waters spill over Bulacan dams as water levels rose due to non-stop rain during the weekend. 

 

BULACAN, Philippines – Water level in Ipo and Bustos Dams in Bulacan has reached spilling level, prompting authorities to open gates.

Over the weekend, the water level at Ipo Dam reached 101.13 meters, higher by .13 meter than its spilling level of 101 meters while the water level at Bustos Dam hit 17.52 meters, a .02-meter more than its spilling level of 17.50 meters.

The Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said Ipo Dam opened its radial gate 1 while Bustos Dam opened 1 and 2 sluice gates on Saturday.

As of Monday morning (August 13), the radial gate of Bustos Dam was fully opened and already released over 1,500 cms of water, according to the PDRRMO.

Villages in the towns of Hagonoy and Bulakan were the most affected of the release and again submerged with waters due to the overflowing of rivers.

The PDRRMO said at least 31 villages in Bulacan were inundated by the monsoon rains that prompted the provincial government to place rescue teams on alert in flooded areas particularly in Calumpit, Marilao, and Meycauayan.

Meanwhile, the release of water brought pressure to the ongoing construction of Bustos bridge.

The incident prompted the closure of the bridge to all kinds of vehicles heading from Bustos to the town of Baliuag. – Nestor Torres / Marje Pelayo

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3 suspects in murder of Australian national nabbed in Bulacan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

 

After a 24-hour manhunt, PNP-Bulacan has arrested the three suspects in the killing of an Australian national who was stabbed with a kitchen knife in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Guiguinto, Bulacan on Tuesday night (August 7).

The suspects were identified as Joan Canyete, the victim’s live-in partner and alleged mastermind; Canyete’s aunt, Linda Acosta, and construction worker, Romie Soriano who purportedly served as the hitman.

Based on police investigation the 67-year-old victim, Wai Tsang Ming, withdrew P3.5 million to redeem Canyete’s pawned house under the condition that she must vacate it so new residents can move in.

“Ito po ay mukhang sinet up at patayin dahil sa malaking halaga na involve…Dahil sa pera, para narin yung property ay hindi na matuluyan na maibenta,”said Bulacan Provincial Director Pssupt Chito Galvez Bersaluna.

(It looks like a set-up based on the large amount of money involved…and also to prevent the sale of the property.)

Canyete allegedly asked her aunt to look for a hitman to kill the victim.

Acosta, 61, called her niece a liar and urged her to confess to the crime.

“Sa totoo lang, ‘nak huwag kang magsisinungaling. Magsasabi ka anak ng totoo. Ako inosente ako. Dapat di mo ko dinadamay sa ganyan. Napag-utusan mo ako. Ako bilang tiyahin mo, ala akong magagawa kasi parehas tayong naiipit,” Acosta said.

(Don’t lie. Speak the truth. I’m innocent. Don’t drag me into this. You were the one who ordered me. As your aunt I can’t do anything because we’re both under pressure.)

Canyete strongly denied the accusations against her, saying she has no involvement in the killing of the victim.

“Wala po akong alam. Wala pa akong inutusang tao. Di ko po alam. Talk to my lawyer,” she said.

(I don’t know anything. I did not order anyone. Talk to my lawyer.)

Alleged hitman, Romie Soriano, 52, admitted to stabbing the victim in different parts of his body.

He said he only agreed to the crime because of his four children who were sick.

However, he was dismayed after the two failed to pay the agreed P40,000 for the murder.

“Magpapangap lang akong kapatid niya, para matira ko na yung tao. Ito may sabi na P40,000 ibibigay sa akin. Masakit sa loob dahil di maganda ala naman. Joan, umamin ka na sa ginagawa mong kamalian dahil ako nadadamay ako,” Soriano said.

(I was supposed to pretend to be her brother so that I can get to the victim. She promised me P40,000. It hurts because I never got paid and things ended badly. Joan, confess to the crime because I’m being dragged into it.)

The three suspects are currently facing murder charges. Authorities are also investigating Joan’s boyfriend in relation to the killing. — Nestor Torres

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