Makati City to close some roads for Lenten activities

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2019   •   1805

Makati skyline

The local government of Makati will close some roads next week to give way for Lenten activities.

In an advisory issued on Saturday, the Makati City government said the road closures and traffic rerouting will be implemented from April 14 at 10 p.m. to April 21 at 10 p.m.

The roads to be closed are listed below:

  • Gen. Luna Street (From P. Burgos Street to Mercado Street)
  • Enriquez Street (From Don Pedro Street to Fermina Street)
  • San Marcos Street (From Pagulayan Street to P. Burgos Street)
  • San Juan Street (From Pagulayan Street to P. Burgos Street)
  • Don Pedro Street (From Gabaldon Street to Manalac Street)
  • Guanzon Street (From P. Burgos Street to Makati Avenue)
  • San Mateo Street (From D.M. Rivera Street to P. Gomez Street)
  • Agno Street (From D.M. Rivera Street to P. Gomez Street)
  • Dona Epifania Street (From A. Mabini Street to Agno Street)
  • Ilaya Street (From A. Mabini Street to J.P. Rizal Street)
  • Don Pedro Street (A. Mabini Street to Villena Street)
  • Albert Street (Villena Street to Palma Street)
  • P. Gomez Street (From J.P. Rizal Street to Zamora Street)
  • P. Gomez Street (Hagdang Bato Whole Block)
  • San Agustin Street (From P. Burgos Street to P. Gomez Street)
  • Quintos Street (From Santiago Street to Singian Street)
  • Molina Street (From Quintos Street to Singian Street)
  • Zenaida Street (From E. Zobel Street to F. Zobel Street)
  • Bagong Diwa Street (From M.L. Quezon Street to Pertierra Street)
  • Ma. Aurora Ext. Street (From Pertierra Street to Ma. Aurora Street)
  • Osmeña Street (From M.L. Quezon Street to Bridge Service Road/P. Burgos Street)

Motorists are also advised to take the following alternate routes to avoid being stuck on roads during processions scheduled on April 17 (Wednesday) to April 19 (Friday):

For vehicles going to Westside Makati /The Circuit/ Manila: (From Westbound Makati or Guadalupe Area)

  • From J.P. Rizal Street, Light vehicles must turn left to Estrella Street
  • Turn right to Rockwell Drive, turn right to Kalayaan Avenue (District 1)
  • Turn left to Makati Avenue
  • Make a right turn to Jupiter Street or Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
  • Turn right to N. Garcia Street (Reposo Street)
  • Turn left to J.P. Rizal Avenue and follow the usual route to destination
  • From J.P. Rizal Street, Public Utility Vehicles, jeepneys, and small trucks must turn left to Estrella Street
  • Turn right to EDSA, turn right to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
  • Cross Paseo Intersection and Makati Avenue Intersection
  • Make a right turn to N. Garcia Street (Reposo Street)
  • Turn left to J.P. Rizal Avenue and follow the usual route to destination

Vehicles going to Guadalupe/ Pateros/ EDSA: (From Eastbound Makati or Delpan Area)

  • From J.P. Rizal Avenue, head straight to Kalayaan Avenue
  • Turn right to N. Garcia Street
  • Make a left-turn to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
  • Cross Makati Avenue Intersection and Paseo de Roxas Avenue intersection
  • Turn right to EDSA if going to Mandaluyong and Quezon City area
  • If going to Pasay City, take the Buendia flyover from EDSA

Vehicles going to Mandaluyong City via Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge: (From Northbound Makati or Makati Central Business District-Ayala)

  • Traverse Ayala Avenue to South Avenue then turn right to Kalayaan Avenue
  • Make a left turn to Pililia Street
  • Turn right to J.P. Rizal Avenue
  • Left turn at Makati Avenue and J.P. Rizal Extension to Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge
  • Motorists may also take the Ayala-EDSA flyover or Buendia-EDSA flyover in Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue to Mandaluyong City

Vehicles going to Makati Central Business District – Ayala: (From Mandaluyong City via Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge)

  • From Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge, turn right to J.P. Rizal Avenue
  • Turn left to Zapote Street
  • Turn left to Kamagong Street
  • Turn right to Ayala Avenue Extension
  • Cross Ayala Avenue/Sen Gil J. Puyat Avenue intersection to destination

The Makati City government said a two-way traffic flow will be implemented along J.P. Rizal Street from Pasong Tirad to Makati Avenue beginning 6 a.m. of April 14, to 10 p.m. of April 21.

Normal traffic flow will resume on April 22 (Monday)
at 6 a.m. – Robie de Guzman

Foreigner accused of quarantine violation in PHL facing deportation

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Deportation charges have been filed against a Spanish national who was involved in a scuffle with a police officer over an alleged violation of quarantine protocols in a Makati City subdivision in April, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Friday.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said it has charged Javier Salvador Parra for undesirability and overstaying in the country.

Morente said the bureau’s legal officers ordered Parra to submit a counter-affidavit to answer the reports against him, “but he reportedly refused to receive the notice and disregarded the requirement, which was due last May 21.”

“Our offices remained open to receive his response, but he failed to submit any,” Morente said.

The case stemmed from a confrontation between Parra and a police officer after the latter advised the foreigner’s househelp to wear a mask while she was outside watering the plants.

The househelp then went inside the house, and Parra emerged minutes after to confront the policeman that led to an attempted arrest for allegedly violating enhanced community quarantine policies.

The incident that took place in Dasmariñas Village last month was captured in a video and made rounds on social media.

Morente said foreign nationals who “blatanly disregard laws” and “disrespect persons of authority” may be considered undesirable aliens.

“Foreign nationals who are here in the country are expected to follow Philippine laws, especially in these special times wherein public health and safety is at risk,” Morente said. 

“There is no exemption, whether you are living in a posh village, or in a slum area, you must obey the law,” he added.

Morente said that the deportation case is a separate action from criminal complaints that were earlier filed by the police against the Spanish national.

Probe ordered into clash between cop, foreigner in Makati village – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   April 27, 2020

A screenshot of the recorded altercation between a police and a foreigner over a quarantine violation

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it has ordered an investigation into the clash between a police officer and a foreign national living in a village in Makati City that took place over the weekend.

In a statement, PNP spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said Police chief General Archie Gamboa has directed the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) to look into the incident.

The cop, identified as Police Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona, was recorded in a video arguing with a foreigner named Javier Parra outside his residence in Dasmariñas Village.

Madrona was conducting a patrol in the village, together with Bantay Bayan personnel Esteban Gaan on the afternoon of April 26 when he noticed Parra’s house helper, Cherilyn Escalante, watering the plants outside without wearing a face mask.

The Makati Police said the patrol was conducted as per request of Barangay Dasmariñas chairperson Rosana Hwang.

Madrona claimed he politely approached and advised the maid to wear a face mask for her safety.

The helper then went inside the house, but minutes later, Parra and his wife, Abegail Salvador went out of their residence and confronted the police officer.

In the video, Parra can be seen and heard throwing foul words at the cop, and supposedly lectured him on how to implement the quarantine protocols.

The foreigner also allegedly shouted at Madrona to get off his property.

The cop tried to arrest the furious foreigner, but Parra evaded and went inside his house.

Gamboa defended the cop involved in the incident, saying he was only enforcing quarantine protocols set by the government.

“It is in the best interest of public health, order and safety that the PNP is enforcing ECQ rules and local ordinances to contain the spread of COVID-19,” he said in a statement.

The Makati City Police are set to file charges against Parra for his alleged violation of the Revised Penal Code, Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, and a local ordinance which mandates the wearing of a face mask in public, as well as verbal assault.

The Barangay Dasmariñas also said it is preparing to file similar complaints against the foreigner.

“This resident was on the street and sidewalk which belongs to DVA common area, therefore a public place. He was committing a crime in the presence of the officer and could be arrested even if he retreated to his property,” it said in a separate statement. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

13 rescued from alleged prostitution den in Makati

Robie de Guzman   •   January 10, 2020

Patrons of a KTV bar allegedly being used as a prostitution den are led outside by authorities.

MANILA, Philippines – Around 13 Filipino women allegedly working as entertainers were rescued from a KTV bar at Barangay Poblacion on Friday, local police said.

Makati City Police chief Col. Rogelio Simon said they raided the establishment after receiving information that the bar was being used as a prostitution den.

The bar also allegedly lacked necessary permit to operate.

A Taiwanese national who owns the KTV bar, and two Filipinas who work as bar managers were arrested during the operation.

The owner, however, denied allegations that the establishment was being used for prostitution.

The rescued women also refuted accusations they were offering “special services” other than entertaining patrons.

Police said they will get statements from 16 foreign customers and six other employees for further investigation. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)

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