Mayor Isko orders police, PDEA to clear Baseco of illegal drugs in one week

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019   •   1304

Baseco Compound

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday gave police and anti-drug agencies one week to clear the Baseco Compound of illegal drugs and loose firearms.

Domagoso gave the directive to the Manila Police District (MPD) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during a meeting with the city’s Anti-Drug Abuse Council.

“May masamang impresyon sa Baseco, bakit hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin cleared. I’ve been hearing a lot of individuals carrying firearms, I want to know if these firearms are licensed, legitimately acquired,” he said.

Data from PDEA showed that 807 out of 896 barangays in the Philippine capital are still affected by illegal drug operations.

While MPD records reveal that there are still about more than 2,000 drug pushers in the streets of Manila.

Mayor Isko vowed that the city’s anti-drug campaign would continue even after the Baseco area is successfully cleared of illegal drugs.

“After one week of conducting operation, it doesn’t mean on the 8th day, 9th day, we will stop. It will be a continuing operation until ang lugar na ‘yan ay mawalan ng ipinagbabawal na gamot,” he said.

“If we can do it in Baseco, we can do it anywhere in the City of Manila, to clear barangays of illegal drugs,” he said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Dino, for his part, said that barangay officials who will fail to participate in the city’s campaign will face sanctions.

“Kapag bumalik ang mga na-clear ng city mayor, ng kapulisan, pasensyahan tayo… Ipasisibak ko kayo sa pwesto,” Dino said.

Mayor Isko, pinabulaanan ang ulat na hard lockdown sa buong Maynila

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mariing pinabulaanan ni Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ang balitang isasailalim sa hard lockdown ang buong lungsod sa mga susunod na araw.

“Huwag po kayong magpapaniwala sa mga sabi-sabi na maglolockdown dito maglolockwon doon dahil kung mayroon man pong ganun ay ako po mismo ang mananawagan sa media,” ani Domagoso.

Ginawa ng alkalde ang paglilinaw kasunod ng mga ulat na ilalagay sa lockdown ang maraming barangay kasunod ng pamamahagi ng pinansiyal na ayuda mua sa lokal na pamahalaan.

Ayon kay Mayor Isko, dumadaan sa masusing pag-aaral bago mailagay sa hard lockdown ang isang lugar.

Kailangan ding may mataas na kaso ang isang barangay upang maikunsidera itong isailalim sa mas mahigpit na quarantine measure.

Sa pinakahuling ulat, aabot na sa 1,152 ang nag-positibo sa coronavirus sa lungsod ng Maynila. Tatlumpu’t tatlo rito ang bagong kaso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Police nab over 200 violators on first day of Tondo 1 hard lockdown

Robie de Guzman   •   May 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 200 violators of quarantine protocols were apprehended by authorities in the first few hours of the 48-hour hard lockdown imposed on Tondo 1 district in the Philippine capital.

Police data showed that among those nabbed for quarantine violations were minors and persons with disability who were later allowed to go home.

Homeless people who were picked up by police officers were brought to the Department of Social Welfare and Development while adult and able-bodied violators were held in covered courts that were converted as temporary holding facilities.

Police said the apprehended violators will undergo inquest proceedings.

Tondo 1 district in Manila is under hard lockdown starting 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 3 until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

Although there is a high number of apprehended violators, Manila Police District director Police Brigadier General Rolando Miranda said this is not a basis to extend the hard lockdown.

“It’s only 204 kumpara mo sa populasyon ng district one ng Tondo na halos isang milyon so napakaliit na porsiyento nun para i-extend ang lockdown,” he said.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ordered the 48-hour lockdown to “contain the spread” and “mitigate any adverse effects” of COVID-19 in the district.

In his order, Mayor Isko said that “disease surveillance, verification or testing and rapid risk assessment” activities will be carried out as response measures to the imminent danger posed by COVID-19.

As of Sunday, May 2, the city health department reported it has tested around 1,409 individuals for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which is higher than its initial target of 1,000.

Of this number, 109 tested positive for the virus using rapid test kits.

The city government said those who tested positive will undergo confirmatory PCR testing, as well as those whose results were negative but showed COVID-19 symptoms.

This is the second 48-hour hard lockdown imposed by the Manila City government. Earlier, the Sampaloc district was placed under hard lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Manila Mayor Isko places Tondo on 48-hour hard lockdown starting May 3

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has ordered the entire district of Tondo to be placed under a 48-hour hard lockdown for surveillance and mass testing operations for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Manila Public Information Office said Mayor Isko has signed Executive Order No. 22 to shut down the entire Tondo 1 district for 48 hours.

The hard lockdown will start from 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 3 until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

Domagoso said the shutdown aims to “contain the spread” and “mitigate any adverse effects” of COVID-19 in the district.

In his order, Mayor Isko said that “disease surveillance, verification or testing and rapid risk assessment” activities will be carried out as response measures to the imminent danger posed by COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, April 29, Tondo 1 has 83 active COVID-19 cases and 231 suspects for the virus. So far, seven residents have recovered while 12 have died.

Domagoso said the announcement of the lockdown was made in advance in order for the city government to complete its distribution of food packs for residents.

He said about 140,166 families in Tondo 1 area will receive food packs on Thursday and Friday.

This is the second 48-hour hard lockdown imposed by the Manila City government. Earlier, the Sampaloc district was placed under hard lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases.

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