Happy Teachers’ Day! Students share appreciation posts online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2019   •   300

A Filipino elementary school teacher (R) tries to convince a crying student to attend class at the start of the first day of a new school year at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 05 June 2017. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

We often call them ‘ma’am’, ‘sir’, or ‘teacher’ but there are times when we call them ‘mama’, ‘mommy’ or ‘tatay’—a fitting title for their role as our second parents.

Students may forget about the lessons they learned in Math, Science, and in — History, but they will never forget about the teachers who taught them discipline, patience, and perseverance.

In celebration of World Teachers’ Day, appreciation posts are shared on social media to show how much they love their mentors.

Teachers also expressed their gratitude for the love and surprises they received from their students.

Dr. Corazon Santos from Ateneo De Manila University said she remains enthusiastic in teaching because she wants to share the joy of studying.

She also said she had no regrets opening herself to students who are in need of support even outside the classroom.

“Sa mga panahong kailangan natin mag-usap bilang nanay at anak, magkaibigan, o kaya estudyante at titser, bukas ako, (For times when we need to talk as a mother and child, as a friend, or as a teacher and student, I am here),” she said.

The Senate also honored the teachers for their commitment to shaping the future leaders of the country.

READ: Public school teachers to get incentive on World Teachers’ Day

The Department of Education (Deped) has announced they will be distributing P1,000 cash incentive to public school teachers in celebration of Teachers’ Day.—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

Senate commends Filipino teachers for commitment in shaping future leaders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2019

The Senate commended Filipino teachers on Tuesday (October 1) for their commitment in shaping future leaders of the country.

Senate Resolution No. 142 was adopted in honor of the Filipino teachers in celebration of World Teacher’s Day on October 5.

“The Senate of the Philippines salutes the teachers and educators of the Philippines and of the world for their unwavering commitment and dedication to his noble profession,” the resolution reads.

Senator Joel Villanueva said the Senate will continue to uphold the welfare of the teachers of the country.

“Let us continue to invest in our teachers who mold the future generations of our people. Happy teachers’ month and more power to our teachers,” he said.—AAC

Manila Traffic Bureau calls ‘fake news’ on netizen complaint

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 19, 2019

MTPB trainee Roderick Perez

The Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) has called ‘fake news’ on a netizen complaining about an MTPB enforcer over an alleged extortion incident.

Based on the investigation conducted by the MTPB, the said netizen was spreading false information against MTPB trainee Roderick Perez.

The netizen posted on Facebook that Perez flagged them down for supposedly swerving. The enforcer allegedly refused to return the driver’s license unless they give him P2,000.

However, MTPB information officer Angelo Navas said Perez is a trainee and therefore, cannot issue tickets to erring motorists.

“Wala pong katotohanan ang kaniyang post. Ang naturang traffic enforcer ay trainee lamang sa Sector 6 at wala po siyang paniket. Bago pa lang po siya, (There is no truth to her post. The said traffic enforcer is only a trainee in Sector 6 and cannot issue tickets. He is a newbie),” Navas said.

Based on the report, Perez speculates that the netizen may have really shelled out P2,000 in exchange for a citation ticket when she was flagged down due to a traffic violation on September 15 in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Perez added that perhaps the netizen wanted to get even with the enforcer who extorted money from her so she returned the next day and “indiscriminately” took pictures of MTPB enforcers in the area, unwittingly capturing Perez’ image which eventually ended up on social media.

According to Perez, he was shunned by his family because of the false information spreading on Facebook.

“Posting my pictures [on] Facebook and making unsavory remarks [while] not being sure of the identity is most unfair[…] it damaged my reputation not only to our institution but to my family as well,” Perez said in a statement.

The MTPB information office is calling out the the netizen to coordinate with their office about the incident. They are also reminding the public not to spread false information on social media.—AAC

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