Manila gov’t to file raps vs SUV driver who dragged traffic law enforcer

Robie de Guzman   •   November 17, 2019   •   193

MANILA, Philippines – Local authorities of the Philippine capital will be filing charges against an SUV driver who dragged a traffic law enforcer holding on to his vehicle along Laong-Laan in Sta. Cruz when apprehended for disregarding lane marking.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso scolded the errant driver, identified as Orlando Ricardo Jr., 54, who was put behind bars after he was nabbed following the incident.

Reports said that a Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) enforcer named Adrian Lim was left injured after he held onto Ricardo’s vehicle along the streets of Samploc and Sta. Cruz in Manila on Saturday.

CCTV footage showed Lim hanging onto a speeding and swerving gray SUV until he fell off near Laong-Laan road. He was brought to a hospital by responding first aid providers from the Philippine Red Cross.

Ricardo was apprehended by authorities along Oroquieta and Tayuman streets.

Mayor Isko said the driver had “criminal intent” to harm the traffic law enforcer.

“May criminal intent. Nakita ko (sa CCTV footage) winawasiwas niya,” he said.

“Mas mahal pa ibabayad niya sa abogado niya. Pero sa P500 kaya niyang pumatay ng isang enforcer,” Domagoso said referring to the penalty of a traffic law violation committed by Ricardo.

Meanwhile, Mayor Isko commended Lim’s dedication to his job.

The victim, who sustained several injuries, has been discharged from the hospital after undergoing medical examination.

Ricardo, who is currently detained at the Manila Police District Station 3, has denied allegations he also punched Lim, and that he was in possession of a gun during the incident.

Panday Sining group calls for release of members nabbed for vandalism

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2019

Police arrested the four members of Panday Sining for spray-painting political statements on public properties during the annual rally commemorating the birth anniversary of Filipino hero, Andres Bonifacio. | Photo taken from the Facebook page of Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo

MANILA, Philippines – Left-leaning art group, Panday Sining, is calling for the release of four of its members who were arrested in Manila on Saturday, Nov. 30 over a protest art to mark Bonifacio Day.

In a statement, Panday Sining condemned the arrest of four activists by police after attending rallies commemorating the birth anniversary of Filipino hero, Andres Bonifacio.

The four, which included a minor, were apprehended by the Manila Police District for vandalism.

Police arrested the activists while they were spray-painting messages calling for end to political repression on posts of Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 2 in Recto.

Panday Sining said its members were manhandled while being dragged by police officers in civilian clothes.

“We demand the release of these people’s artists. We demand an end to the Duterte regime’s tyranny amid the people’s just demands,” the group said.

The group also defended its members, saying its “protest art in the time of narrowing space for free and critical thinking is not only just necessary.”

Free the artists! Free Panday Sining 4!We condemn in the strongest terms the arbitrary abduction and arrest of the…

Posted by Panday Sining on Saturday, 30 November 2019

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso in a statement on Sunday, Dec. 1, said he had warned the group against committing vandalism.

“You were warned. Nag-abiso na ako. Nananawagan po ako na huwag ninyo nang ulitin. Inulit niyo pa rin. Sinusubukan niyo kung may batas at liderato sa Maynila,” he said.

“Kailangan niyo pong harapin ngayon ang bisa ng batas,” he added.

In November, the group earned Mayor Isko’s ire after they spray-painted messages on the newly-refurbished walls of Lagusnilad underpass and UN Avenue.

Mayor Isko warned the group that he will make them “wipe the paint off with their tongue” if he happens to catch them.

He also earlier said that citizens have the right to express themselves but they do not have the right to vandalize public property.

Vandalism is a prohibited act in the City of Manila under Ordinance No. 7971 which imposes penalties on any person who defaces public and private property.

Jones Bridge to be closed on Nov. 24 – Manila LGU

Robie de Guzman   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Jones Bridge will be closed to motorists on Sunday, November 24, the local government of Manila announced Wednesday.

In an advisory posted on Facebook, the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) said the bridge will be closed starting at 3 p.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Jones Bridge will be closed on Sunday, November 24, 2019, starting 3:00 pm.Please take the following…

Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Wednesday, 20 November 2019

It advised those plying the northbound lane to Divisoria to take this route:

  • McArthur Bridge
  • Sta. Cruz Church
  • Take U-Turn to Plaza Sta. Cruz
  • Straight to Dasmarinas Street
  • Quintin Paredes Street
  • Endpoint/Divisoria

Meanwhile, those traversing the southbound lane going to Taft Avenue, P. Burgos, and Roxas Boulevard are advised to take this route:

  • Juan Luna Street
  • Muelle Dela Industria, Riverside
  • Go to Sta. Cruz Area
  • Straight to Destination

Manila authorities are yet to announce the reason for the bridge’s closure.

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Manila traffic enforcer sacked after being caught asking for bribe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2019

The Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) has confirmed they already fired the traffic enforcer who was caught in a viral video asking bribe from a motorist.

MTPB chief Dennis Viaje said the traffic enforcer assigned to UN Avenue corner Taft Avenue will no longer be part of the Manila City government for engaging in “kotong.”

Netizen Love Laurena posted the video on Monday, November 18 and it immediately went viral.—AAC

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