Manila police rolls off mobile library with teacher-cops for street children

Marje Pelayo   •   November 27, 2018   •   3497

Members of the Philippine National Police teaching the street children in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Cops in Manila have taken turns gathering street children along Roxas Boulevard not to arrest them but to give them books to read.

Street children are prone to street crimes and their vulnerability are being corrupted at an early age if without proper guidance.

They spend most of their time loitering in parks or along the roads begging for alms.

Nineteen-year-old Lhera recalled how she became accustomed to doing things which she shouldn’t have been doing at a young age.

Due to lack of proper guidance, they just did what they thought was good but was in fact doing things that are against the law.

“Dati po nagnanakaw, nagso-solvent. Nanghahablot po kapag hindi kami binigyan. Pero dahil po sa mga guro naming pulis, nagbago po kami,” Lhera said.

That’s why personnel from the Manila Police District (MPD) launched the mobile library project dubbed as “Pulis na, Teacher pa” program to help street children and out-of-school-youth like Lhera to learn basic academic lessons, good manners and right conduct as well as personal hygiene.

The mobile library regularly parks along Roxas Boulevard every Wednesdays and Fridays.

It is equipped with a wide variety of books collected from private donations. It has audio-visual aids which are effective tools to catch the interests of children.

“Ang magiging subject for the day namin ngayon ay ipapakita ng volunteer teacher namin kung sino ang mga bayani natin. Basic at ang parts of the body at ang mga kinds of job na gusto nilang marating balang araw,” explained one of teacher-cops SPO1 Dennis Bendo.

This gesture by policemen is very much appreciated by the parents of street children in the area because they see how their children learn good things and moral values through the project.

“Malaking tulong po kasi nakakalimutan nila ang mga bisyo nila. Kadalasan kasi ang mga bata ay nagbibisyo sila. Hawa-hawa katulad ng pagso-solvent, nagpupuyat sa gabi. Hindi katulad ngayon maaga pa lang naghihintay na sila,” said Jocelyn, one of the parents.

According to the proponent of the project District Mobile Force Battalion Chief PSupt. Rex Arvin Malimban, their mobile library has just debuted on October 24 and he wishes it to be part of a regular program of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in order to save the street children from becoming liabilities in the society.

“Nag-ugat po ito doon sa mga issue ng mga kabataan na nagba-viral. Umaakyat sa jeep, nang-i- snatch. Kapag nakukuha natin ang mga kabataan, majority are minors so syempre isinu-surrender natin sa DWSD. After ilang (araw) minsan within a day, ibabalik sa pamilya nila o sa barangay nila. So paulit ulit lang ang process. So nag-isip kami ng paraan kung paano kami makaka interact sa kanila,” Malimban explained.

The PNP leadership, meanwhile, is in support of the project. In fact, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is keen on launching mobile libraries and teacher-cops in different parts of the country.

“Puwedeng gayahin ng iba iyan. That’s one good practice para makatulong diyan sa mga batang nasa streets lang at wala silang kakayahan o their parents na papuntahin sa mga schools, At least, para makatulong man lang tayo sa mga kabataan. Kung pwede natin magawa iyan sa Mindanao ay gagawin natin,” Albayalde concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

A PNP patrol car turned into a mini library



Road closure in parts of Manila set for Oct. 18-19

Marje Pelayo   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) announced temporary closure of several roads in the city of Manila starting Friday (October 18) and Saturday (October 19) to make way for two events.

The MPD announced that the north and southbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard, from T.M. Kalaw to Katigbak Drive will be closed on Friday starting at 3:00PM.

The closure is to give way for a wreath-laying ceremony at Rizal Park which will be graced by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.

Meanwhile, the following roads will also be temporarily closed on Saturday from 4:00PM:

  • J. Nakpil Street, from Guerrero Street to Adriatico Street in Malate, Manila
  • Bocobo Street, from Remedios Circle to J. Nakpil Street

The said roads will be closed to make way for the festivities related to the annual ‘Oktoberfest sa Maynila.’

The MPD advised motorists to take alternate routes as heavy traffic is expected.

MPD arrests sales agent for raping 15-year-old

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 3, 2019

Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko’ Moreno Domagoso (right) presents rape suspect, Diofre Lara Sales (left) to the media

The Manila Police District (MPD) arrested a sales agent on Thursday (October 3) for allegedly raping a 15-year-old student.

In a report, MPD Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT) Chief Police Major Rosalino Ibay Jr. said a complaint letter was submitted to Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko’ Moreno Domagoso.

Based on the letter, 43-year-old suspect Diofre Lara Sales has purportedly lured the victim with consent. The incident occurred on September 27 at Victoria Court, Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City.

The MPD SMaRT conducted a follow-up operation which led to the arrest of Sales on Thursday (October 3) in Tayuman, Manila.

According to the initial investigation Sales allegedly raped two more high school students.

Meanwhile, Sales argued that he is not a bad person.

“Hindi po ako masamang tao. Temptation lang po ito, (I am not a bad person. It was just temptation),” he said.

Moreno reiterated his warning to criminals.

“Ayoko lahat ng kriminal. Sinabi ko na sa inyo, may gobyerno na ang Lungsod ng Maynila. Umalis na kayo dito, (I don’t like criminals. I told you, the City of Manila now has a government. Leave the city)” he said.—AAC

MPD arrests, presents to media fixer at Universidad de Manila

Maris Federez   •   September 6, 2019

Manila mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has presented to the media the alleged fixer who was caught asking money from a student in exchange for a guaranteed slot at the Universidad de Manila, a state-run university.

The 59-year-old suspect was identified as Celso Dimanlig whom the Manila Police District – Special Mayor’s Response Team arrested in Paco, Manila on Tuesday.

The parents of the incoming Grade 11 student reported to the police after the suspect asked for P11,000 from their child in exchange for a guaranteed enrolment at the Universidad de Manila.

“Ang UdM at PLM ay para lang (sa) mahihirap na bata [The UdM and the PLM are dedicated for poor children],” the angry Moreno said in front of the members of the media, adding, “itong (inaudible) ito, mahirap na nga, ginagatasan pa [and this (inaudible) person, would make these poor people his milking cow.”

Mayor Isko reminded the public that, “wala po kayong dapat bayaran para lang makapasok sa PLM at makapasok sa UdM. Libre po ‘yan [there is nothing for you to pay so you can study at PLM or UdM. They’re free].

The suspect will be facing robbery extortion and estafa cases.

Meanwhile, the mayor also presented to the media on Thursday the city’s three most wanted persons.

Two of them were suspects in robbery, while the other one is a suspect in a murder case.

Moreno enjoined those who are in Manila’s wanted list to surrender.

“Sumuko na lang po kayo at harapan ninyo sa husgado ang akusasyong inihain sa inyo [Just surrender and face the accusations filed against you before the judge.” (with details from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf


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