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Independence Day protest: Militants ask Malacañang to stop defending China

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Despite the heavy downpour, militant groups remained unfazed as they flocked in front of the Chinese Consulate office in Makati City and the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, June 12.

Some vented their anger over the fate of some Filipino fishermen whose catch had been seized by Chinese coast guard. They noted that Malacañang and the fishermen themselves admitted that there were instances that Chinese coast guard left them with only noodles and canned goods in exchange for the fish. This, to them, is a sign of surrender to China.

“Anong magagawa ng noodles at tubig kung hindi makapangisda ang mga mamamayang Pilipino? Pero ito ang itinutulak ni Duterte sa atin. Ang pagsuko niyang ito ay nagpapatunay ho na ang sikmura niya mismo ay made in China,” shouted a militant.

The Palace again clarified that they are taking steps to prevent a repeat of the incident but refused to call it a form of harassment

“We are demanding that the Chinese should take steps to stop the coast guard from doing these acts. Gumawa na kami ng mga hakbang at ang hinihingi natin, gumalaw ang mga otoridad ng Tsina na itigil itong mga pangyayari,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.

With this statement, the militant groups appealed to the palace spokesperson to stop defending China.

“Si Roque sa halip na iprotesta niya ito eh parang binibigyang katuwiran pa ang ginawa ng Chinese Coast Guard,” said opposition Congressman Antonio Tinio.

“Ngayon po ay araw ng kalayaan pero walang kalayaan sa West Philippine Sea lalo na para sa ating mga mangingisda na inaagawan ng mga huli ng Chinese Coast Guard. Ang panawagan natin sa araw na ito ay kamtin natin ang tunay na kalayaan,” he added.

June 12, 2018, is the country’s 120th-year commemoration of the Philippine Independence.

However, the militants believe that the country is not completely liberated unless it is free from the influence of foreigners and that Filipino fishermen in Bajo de Masinloc and nearby areas can fully exercise their exclusive rights to the riches of the island. – Mai Bermudez / Marje Pelayo

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Truck runs over motorcycle rider in Pandacan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Brain matter scattered at the crash site

 

MANILA, Philippines — Motorcycle rider, Allan Rivera, died on the spot after being run over by a truck in Barangay 868, Pandacan, Manila at around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday (November 13).

Traffic enforcer, Lito Urdaneta, rushed to the scene after hearing a loud crash.

“May lumagapak sabi ko, ‘Ano yun?’ Tiningnan ko. Tinakbo ko. Tiningnan ko agad, ‘Ay, utak.’ Tumakbo ako pabalik sa pulis,” Urdaneta recounted.

(Something crashed and I wondered what it was. I ran towards it to check. I then saw pieces of brain matter. I ran back to the police.)

Rivera’s lifeless body was found underneath the truck.

The truck’s driver Edilberto Manayao promptly surrendered to authorities.

Manayao said he wasn’t aware that a motorcycle was driving alongside him.

“Paglagpas ko diyan sa may crossing, madilim po kasi, bandang kanan niya. Ngayon, nung lumagapak yung motor niya, doon po ako nag-full stop. Nakita na yung motor nakatumba … doon ko po nakita yung tao,” said the truck driver.

(After I passed the crossing, it was dark on the right side of the road where the motorcycle was. When it fell over, that’s when I made a full stop. I then saw the fallen bike…and the body.)

Manayao claimed that he was driving slowly. Nevertheless, he asked forgiveness from the victim’s family.

Though a CCTV camera is installed in the area it failed to capture the whole incident. — Gerry Galicia

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Minor in motorcycle theft syndicate nabbed in Manila

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

The 16-year-old suspect “Sonny” (R) 

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities arrested a 16-year-old suspect in a motorcycle theft in Barangay 762 in San Andres Bukid on Tuesday (November 6).

The teenager known as alias “Sonny” was previously nabbed by Makati Public Safety Department in Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City last month for driving a carnapped motorcycle without a helmet and proper document.

He was supposed to be endorsed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) but escaped.

He was sighted as loitering in Barangay 762 last night where he was arrested.

Based on the report of barangay police, alias “Sonny” is a member of a motorcycle carnapping syndicate operating in various parts of Metro Manila.

He is a native of Davao City but was abducted by the syndicate and brought to Metro Manila to be utilized in their modus operandi.

Kagawad Maria Lucien Fabian of Barangay 762 said members of the syndicate would torture Sonny and some other minors when they refuse to obey orders. Signs of abuse are seen in Sonny’s body from his alleged handler identified as Jason Sison.

“Pina-medical ho namin ‘yan pero doon pa lang po sa ANCAR, sinabi na po sa akin nung duty officer na, “Ma’am, hindi po kami ang may gawa niyan. May putok ho ‘yan dito sa ulo, tas’ may sugat sa paa. So, tinanong ko siya sa dialect niya, ginawa ho daw ‘yon ni ano, ni Jason. Pinukpok daw siya ng baril,” Fabian said.

Fabian said, Sonny confessed to her how Sison killed one of the minors in their hideout for being stubborn. Authorities are still investigating on the matter. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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P3.4-M shabu seized in Manila mall drug bust

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

 

Suspect Salahudin Takao Kendayo

 

MANILA, Philippines — A man was arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for selling drugs inside a mall in Manila.

The suspect who hails from Cotabato was identified as Salahudin Tokao Kendayo.

Authorities conducted the buy-bust operation at the mall’s parking area where Kendayo was eventually arrested.

Five sachets of suspected shabu worth P3.4 million were confiscated from the suspect.

“Ang source niya ng drugs ay nanggaling pa sa Alabang and we are still verifying sa initial investigation namin na connected siya sa malaking grupo sa Mindanao na nagbabagsak din hindi lang sa Mindanao but dito sa Metro Manila,” said PDEA team leader operation Gregor Bugalin.

(He sources his drugs from Alabang and we are still verifying our initial investigation that he is connected to a bigger group in Mindanao that supplies drugs not only in Mindanao but also in Metro Manila.)

The suspect said he was just told to transport the drugs by his cousin who is an inmate at the Manila City Jail.

“Pumayag po ako kasi bago lang ako sa Manila tapos yun nga, wala pa akong mahanap na trabaho. Tumawag yung pinsan ko. Inutusan ako bibigyan daw ako ng 5,000,” said the suspect.

(I agreed to it because I’m new in Manila and I couldn’t find a job. My cousin called me up and said he’ll pay me 5,000 for the delivery.)

PDEA said the suspect had been under surveillance for two weeks.

A tip from an informant led to the discovery of the illegal operation Kendayo’s illegal operations.

“The suspect was previously arrested by the PNP in Tondo, Manila for violation of Section 11 Article 2 of RA 9165. Last May 22 he was released on bail,” said Bugalin.

Kendayo expressed regret over his decision to act as a drug mule.

“Natakot din po pero naisip ko sabi ko magkakapera na ko. Hindi ko na naisip na ikakasira pala ng buhay ko,” he said.

(I was also afraid to do it but thought of the money I would be receiving. It never occurred to me that it will ruin my life.)

The suspect is currently detained at PDEA headquarters and will be facing charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Victor Cosare

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