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Increase in QC real property taxes puzzles homeowners’ associations

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017

QUEZON CITY – Members of the Quezon City Homeowners Association have not anticipated the increase in real property taxes in Quezon City.

That is why the Supreme Court’s order to suspend the implementation of said increase is a big of relief for them.

“The taxation is really exorbitant because there are some areas that are complaining. Homeowners associations that belong to us, their tax has been 500%. If you look at mine it’s 67%,” said Alliance of QC-HOA president, Gloria Soriano as she showed the real property taxes she had paid.

Soriano paid P8,640 pesos in the first three months of this year, which is higher than the P5,832 pesos she paid during the same period in 2016.

An official receipt shows the increase in basic tax, special education fund and idle land tax.

Soriano said the city hall consulted them in the last quarter of 2016 regarding the tax increase. However, the city hall did not consider the association’s position.

The also find the revenues from the increase of real property taxes, questionable.

“The usual answer is, it will go to general fund. What is that general fund? Let us define it. And then where does it go if there is a kind of honest transparency?” asked Soriano.

Quezon City Hall Administrator Aldrin Cuna said, “Once collected, it is now appropriated by the finance committee and the city council through the budget ordinance, of where they will be allocated — whether it goes to garbage collection, day care centers.”

Cuna explained that the fair market value of the lands in the city has to increase, which consequently prompts them to increase the real property tax.

“Under the Local Government Code, revision of the fair market value should be done, once every 3 years, and we had to wait 25 years before we can update the fair market values,” Cuna added.

The city hall has received the Supreme Court ruling and will ask for the copy of the petition so that they can send their reply on the issue. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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Bus conductor steals passenger’s phone

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

The victim’s cellphone that the conductor allegedly tried to steal

MANILA, Philippines — A bus conductor was brought to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 6 after a passenger accused him of stealing his phone.

According to eyewitness, Jason Posadas, the conductor, Charlie Camani, stole the mobile phone of Antolin Adlawan while the latter was dozing off; his phone lying on his side.

“Nung tinekitan ako ng konduktor, kinuha niya yung cellphone. Palinga-linga.  Akala niya, hindi ko napansin,” said the eyewitness.

(When he was handing me the ticket, he took [Adlawan’s] cell phone. He was looking around, he thought I didn’t notice.)

Posadas assumed that Camani would return the phone when Adlawan wakes, but it did not happen.

Camani lashed out at the victim instead when confronted about the missing gadget.

“Kasi naasar na ko sa kanya. Sinakal ako. Pinagpipilitan niya na nasa ibabaw yung cellphone niya,” said the suspect.

(I was pissed off. He tried to strangle me. He was insisting his phone was lying on top.)

When  authorities checked the suspect’s bag, they found the phone which was worth P3,500.)

Adlawan, however, decided to drop his complaint against Camani so the police had to release him. Nevertheless the suspect will likely be fired as the incident has been reported to his operator.  — UNTV News & Rescue

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Woman falls from 4th floor of QC shopping mall

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

An unidentified woman (Photo by: Rafael Pelayo Jr. )

MANILA, Philippines — An unidentified woman is believed to have jumped to her death from the fourth floor of SM City North Edsa, Quezon City, Monday morning.

A salesman who was on the same floor as the victim said he saw the woman minutes before the incident, looking down at the ground floor when she suddenly stepped on a white stool and jumped. The witness ran to stop the victim but was too late.

According to SM City North Edsa the woman was immediately attended to and brought to Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) with the mall’s emergency response team but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The mall’s management is cooperating with local PNP on the ongoing investigation. — UNTV News & Rescue

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UNTV News and Rescue teams provides first aid to accident victims in QC and CDO

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Mark Allan Galang was crossing the street when he was hit by a motorcycle along Congressional Avenue Corner Sinagtala Street, Project 8, in Quezon City on February 12,  4 am.

Galang sustained bruises and injuries in various parts of his body.

He also suffered back pains.

UNTV News and Rescue gave first aid to the victim before rushing him to the East Avenue Medical Center.

The rescue team also provided first aid to the wounds of the motorcycle driver and the one hitching a ride.

Meanwhile, in Cagayan de Oro, Oro Rescue and the UNTV News and Rescue team jointly responded to an accident involving Rey Babanto and Kenneth Payot who were riding a motorcycle when they were hit by a tricycle at 2 am.

Babanto and Payot were traversing the stretch of Vamenta Boulevard when they were hit by the tricycle.

After receiving first aid, the victims were rushed to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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