Mayor Isko asks Manilenyos to refrain from using firecrackers

Marje Pelayo   •   December 31, 2019   •   204

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso has appealed to his constituents to refrain from using firecrackers on the eve of New Year.

Instead, he recommends the use of alternative to firecrackers during merry making such as trumpets, metal basins, and cauldrons for noise barrage.

He also advised parents not to let their children go outdoors to keep safe from firecrackers and stray bullets.

The Mayor emphasized on the damage these firecrackers and the burning of rubber tires can cause to the environment and the human health thus he appealed to refrain from doing it.

He ordered all barangay officials and members of the Manila Police District (MPD) to be watchful and make sure that peace and order is maintained across the city on the course of the year-end revelry.

Emergency personnel were also tasked to stand by as they used to during this season.

All hospitals across the city of Manila are also on alert in time for the merry makings.

Mayor Isko likewise emphasized to everyone to refrain from picking any firecrackers that failed as they might still explode.

“Minsan kasi may mga paputok na hindi pumuputok. Madalas diyan may mga naaksidenteng bata, (Some firecrackers fail to explode which commonly hurts children,)” the Mayor said.

“Kung hindi ko kayo mapigilang magpaputok, pagkatapos ng putukan, makikisuyo lang na buhusan ng tubig (If I cannot stop you from using firecrackers, please wet those which failed to avoid harm,)” he added.

Mayor Isko stressed that so far, the city government has recorded a total of 784 fire incidents prior to the year-end revelry.

He reminds the public to check anything that could easily catch fire to avoid accidents.

Most importantly, the Mayor strictly reminds the public to never leave garbage on the roads.

He appeals for everyone’s cooperation.

“Ang isang maling nakagawian, hindi komo nakagawian na ay tama na, (What’s unacceptable is that we accept something as normal just because we got accustomed to it),” he explained.

“Minsan naghahangad tayo ng pagbabago sa buhay, naghahangad tayo ng pagbabago sa pamamahala, mapa-lokal man o nasyonal, pero wala namang masama kung tayo ay manalamin, (Sometimes we wish for change in life, in governance, may it be local or national. But there is nothing wrong with assessing ourselves first,)” he added. MNP (with details from Bernard Dadis)

Hong Kong police arrest 400 protesters following New Year march

UNTV News   •   January 2, 2020

Riot police detain protesters during an anti-government rally on New Year’s day in Hong Kong, China, 01 January 2020. EFE-EPA/VIVEK PRAKASH

HONG KONG – Hong Kong police arrested about 400 people on charges of illegal assembly and possession of arms during a New Year anti-government march organizers said was attended by more than a million people.

Hong Kongers came out en masse Wednesday for march organizers had to eventually cancel following police orders, leading to clashes between officers and the more radical protesters.

Although permission for the demonstration had been granted, police urged organizers – the Civil Human Rights Front – to end the procession three hours after it started, arguing some protesters had begun throwing stones and Molotov cocktails and burning shops and banks.

Trouble started when activists vandalized a branch of banking giant HSBC, which led to police cracking down on them with teargas, local media outlets reported.

Other protesters in the front columns of the march formed human chains, seemingly unwilling to go away, leading to further clashes with police that ended in arrests.

Away from the clashes, thousands marched peacefully to urge citizens of the former British colony to keep protests alive in 2020 and remind the government of the pro-democracy movement’s demands through placards and slogans.

Demands include that direct universal suffrage to elect a chief executive and other representatives be granted, that almost 6,000 detainees be freed, that protests not to be considered unrest and that an independent investigation be launched into alleged police brutality.

Demonstrations in Hong Kong began in June following a controversial extradition bill already withdrawn by the government, but have mutated into a movement seeking to improve Hong Kong’s democratic mechanisms and safeguard the region’s partial autonomy from Beijing.

Some demonstrators have opted for more radical tactics than peaceful civil disobedience and violent clashes with police have been frequent.

Months of protests have plunged Hong Kong’s economy into recession for the first time in a decade, having contracted by 2.9 percent in the third quarter, due to falling imports and exports, retail sales and declining tourism. EFE-EPA

After getting a ‘facelift’: Big Ben to ring again on New Year’s Eve

Marje Pelayo   •   December 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Londoners will be able to hear the sound of the famous ‘Big Ben’ again on New Year’s Eve.

The United Kingdom’s iconic landmark was kept silent for two years since the restoration of its clockface to its original colors began in 2017.

The work on the clock face is only the first phase of the extensive restoration planned for the Palace of Westminster.

There are remaining works left for the 160-year-old clock tower to include the addition of a lift and several other plans like the re-glaze and repaint of the clock dials.

Since the restoration began, the bells are kept silent except for New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Day until the work is completed in 2021.

Mayor Isko regularizes 3 traffic enforcers for not accepting bribes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 29, 2019

Courtesy: Manila PIO

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has regularized three Manila traffic enforcers for not accepting bribes from apprehended motorists.

Moreno presented officers Eduardo Lambino, Kenneth Naval, and Edwin Trias during the flag-raising ceremony at the Manila City Hall on Monday (July 29).

According to Manila Public Information Office, a motorist apprehended for violating traffic rules offered money to the three enforcers.

The three immediately reported the incident to the office of Manila City Hall.

Moreno also encouraged other members of the Manila Traffic And Parking Bureau (MTPB) and government employees to help the city to solve corruption.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

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