Manila gov’t to file raps vs SUV driver who dragged traffic law enforcer
Robie de Guzman • November 17, 2019 • 560
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.
The cities of Manila and Muntinlupa on Tuesday (June 16) announced they will shorten their curfew hours.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso adjusted the city’s curfew hours from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am as the restrictions for business operations eases. The previous schedule was set from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Meanwhile, Muntinlupa City will impose a new curfew schedule which will be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance 2020-102 which will also impose penalties to curfew violators.
The ordinance also states that Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) and those whose work involves delivery of essential goods and services are exempted in the curfew.
First-time violators will have a penalty of P500 while penalty will increase to P1,000 for succeeding offenses. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
The Manila City Government has partnered up with Grab Philippines to hire 2,000 displaced tricycle drivers and motorcycle owners who also lost their jobs to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said the “Grab-Manila Socio-economic Recovery Initiative” will provide economic opportunities to affected residents and businesses of the global pandemic.
“Dalawa ang matutulungan nito: ang mga trabahante at tsaka ang mga negosyo. Doon naman sa mga natanggap na at matatanggap pa, pagbutihan po ninyo ang trabaho, (It will help two things: the worker and the businesses.Those who are already hired or will be hired, work hard)” he said.
Meanwhile, Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu said this is their way of giving back to the city of Manila.
“We want to help those merchants get into the digital world and boost their sales,” he said. AAC
Manila’s Bureau of Permits has shut down a commercial building in Malate, Manila for operating without a business permit since 2004.
The Bureau of Permits served a closure order against a four-storey commercial building in Malate that was operating as a real estate lessor.
Bureau of Permits director Levi Facundo said the closure will affect at least five establishments that were used as office space.
“We are serious in implementing the rules and regulations. Kung masanay sila na kahit okay lang na walang permit (if they got used to operating without permit), it’s wrong,” he said.
He also encouraged the public to apply and process their business permits to avoid any inconvenience. Applicants can email email@example.com to apply for a business permit or call the following hotlines: 8-527-0871 or 5-310-1558.
“They have to make sure na ang negosyo nila ay (that their business is) legally permitted by the city because if not, the business will suffer,” Facundo said. AAC
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