LIST: QC Road closure, traffic rerouting scheme for SONA 2019

Robie de Guzman   •   July 18, 2019   •   1795

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) will implement road closure and traffic rerouting scheme on Monday, July 22 in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA).

In an advisory, Police Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel said motorists plying Batasan area will have to take alternate route on Monday due to the expected heavy traffic near the Batasang Pambansa Complex where the President will deliver his speech.

The QCPD said closure and traffic rerouting plan will be implemented in the following roads:

  • Starting 12 a.m. on July 22, the entire stretch of Commonwealth Avenue (north and southbound) from Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) /Philcoa to Fairview (Fairview Center Mall) will be cleared and illegally parked vehicles will be towed.
  • Commonwealth Avenue northbound shall be partially closed from Home Depot to the Sandiganbayan U-turn slot.
  • Southbound lanes of Commonwealth will remain open. Eastbound of IBP starting Filinvest 1 up to Sinagtala will be closed for traffic to give way to pro-administration rallyists and demonstrators.
  • At 6:00 AM, motorists coming from QMC to Fairview shall take Zipper Lane at the island breaker  in front  of Home Depot U turn-slot and take  inner lanes. The end and exit point of the Zipper Lane is at the island breaker of the Sandiganbayan U-turn slot. Likewise, motorists coming from Fairview to QMC shall traverse the usual southbound route.
  • At 2:30 PM, light vehicles from QMC to Fairview may take North Ave., turn right to Mindanao Ave., turn right to Old Sauyo Road, turn left to Chestnut St., turn right to Dahlia St., turn left to Fairlane St. then exit to Commonwealth Ave. to destination. Heavy vehicles should take Commonwealth Avenue.
  • All light vehicles from Fairview to QMC may turn right to  Fairlane St., turn right to Dahlia St., turn left to Chestnut St., turn right to Old Sauyo Road, turn right to Mindanao Ave., take U-turn at corner Quirino Highway  to Mindanao Ave., left turn North Ave. to QMC to destination. Heavy vehicles should take Commonwealth Avenue.
  • Light vehicles may also take right turn to Regalado Avenue, right turn to Old Sauyo Road, turn right to Mindanao Ave. take U-turn at Quirino Highway to Mindanao Ave. (Southbound) left turn North Ave to QMC to destination.
  • For vehicles along QMC, they may take right turn to North Ave., right turn to Mindanao Ave., right turn to Old Sauyo Road or Quirino Highway to destination.
  • At 4:00 PM, the entire stretch of IBP Road may lock down for traffic. All light vehicles will take alternate route from QMC to Filinvest 1 & 2, Brgy Bagong Silangan and some inner portions of Brgy. Batasan Hills shall take zipper lane at the island breaker in front of Home Depot U-turn slot and take inner lanes.
  • The end of the zipper lane is at the breaker of Sandiganbayan U-turn slot, then right turn on Litex Payatas Road, right turn on Abris St., right turn on bougainvillea St., right turn to Lower Jasmin St., right turn to Ilang Ilang St., left turn to Santan St., left to Sampaguita St., left turn to Violago Road and meters away right turn and enter the gate 3 of Filinvest 2, to Brgy. Bagong Silangan just follow Violago Road.
  • For those traveling to Filinvest 1, motorists should have an agreement with Filinvest 2 in order to pass by their subdivision to reach the Batasan-San Mateo Road then enter Kagawad St., right turn to resolution St., right turn to Senatorial St., right turn to Sinagtala St., left turn to Masbate or Cotabato St., left turn to Filinvest 1 Road and enter gate of Filivest 1 subdivision.
  • Light vehicles going to Filinvest 2, San Mateo Rizal and Marikina City may take alternate route from Commonwealth-Sandigan, turn right on Sinagtala St., turn right on Senatorial St., turn left on Resolution St., left turn on Kagawad Road then right turn on Batasan San Mateo Road.

The QCPD estimates that by 6 p.m. only the westbound lane of IBP Road leading to the Sandiganbayan underpass/tunnel shall be opened to VIPs exiting from the South Gate of the HOR going to Commonwealth Avenue.

However, the westbound lane from Litex to the HOR South Gate will remain closed until further notice.

Duterte says he ordered dismissal of 3 cops in body camera extortion case

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (November 20) said that he ordered the dismissal of three police officers involved in the body camera extortion case.

The three police officers were allegedly involved in extorting around P5 million from a bidder of body cameras.

“In the police, I—the three majors were working on a body camera and they were arguing because maybe of—because of money. What else? Because of corruption. And so I said, ‘Fire them, dismiss them,'” he said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa identified the police officers as Police Major Emerson Sales, Police Major Rholly Caraggayan and Police Major Angel Beros. 

Gamboa also said that he will sign the dismissal papers by Monday (November 25).—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Palace tells Robredo, Aquino: “Trust is earned”

Robie de Guzman   •   November 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – “Trust is earned.”

This was Malacañang’s response to Vice President Leni Robredo and her ally, former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino after they questioned President Rodrigo Duterte’s lack of trust in the vice president despite her appointment as co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

In a statement issued on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Robredo must “understand that one’s election to the Vice Presidency does not automatically clothe the occupant with trustworthiness.”

“Trust is earned. The missteps of the VP did not inspire confidence in the matter of keeping to oneself classified information,” he said.

“Her job in leading the agencies involved in the anti-illegal drug campaign requires competence and creativity. Trust comes into play only as regards the non-transmission of state secrets that imperils the safety of the Filipino people and the sovereignty of the country,” he added.

Panelo also said that the president’s expressed remark should not stop Robredo from performing her new task.

“Since she will not be given access to privileged communication, she should not be bothered by the expressed lack of trust by the appointing power with respect to the confidentiality of state matters requiring secrecy,” he said.

“After all, she is tasked to help end the illegal drug trade in the country and not to get secret information of the government to share the same with her foreign and local peers,” he added.

The Palace official also reiterated that despite her being a member of a political opposition group, she was still given the job to co-lead the government anti-drug body to help address the country’s drug problem instead of “endlessly voicing criticisms.”

“Her designation is a call of duty coming from the Chief Executive to end the illegal drug trade in the country, a rare chance given to her, despite her being in the opposition, to help in the campaign against illegal drugs, instead of being a rambunctious critic who cannot see anything good on the war on drugs initiated by this administration,” he said.

Panelo also asked Aquino to focus on his case still pending before the Sandiganbayan, as well as taking care of his health, instead of “touching on a matter related to the dreaded drug menace that he never gave the attention and importance it deserves during his six-year presidency.”

The Palace official earlier claimed that the country’s drug problem “ballooned in magnitude” due to neglect during Aquino’s presidency. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Duterte issues ultimatum to state offices to finish paperwork by December 15

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an ultimatum to state agencies to finish their paperwork by December 15.

The chief executive also expressed disappointment over the continuous red tape in the government despite his several warnings.

“It seems that things are moving very slow and that is why it is still a source of corruption. The longer you sit on the paper or nothing at all—either you are not working,” he said.

“Even the Cabinet members, they have one month to decide. I must have your decision on the papers before you. And I said last night, it has to be December 15. It’s been so many months now. Papers that are on your table must be out with a decision. If it’s for approval, good; if it is for denial, fine. But let it out,” he added.

Duterte also said military and government officials who are too slow in performing their duties should be removed from office.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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