Mayor Isko orders raid of ‘Recto University’

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019   •   829

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) Special Mayor’s Reaction Team raided the Recto area where fake documents are being produced.

The area, known as ‘Recto University,’ was popular for its open business of forging fake government documents and identification cards.

Authorities ransacked all stalls even those that were closed at the moment of the raid.

They searched the entire area even the residential houses near stalls alleged as operating such illegal business.

The operation is in line with the directive of Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso to track the offenders of the law across the city, especially after the Mayor found out that even the city government’s official receipt is being faked.

Several machines use to replicate school diplomas, birth certificates, transcript of records, driver’s license, firearms license, marriage certificates and NBI clearance among others.

Operatives also seized piles of printed fake documents during the search.

Domagoso expressed dismay over the incident and to the barangay officials who were supposed to manage the Recto area.

“Sa susunod na may gumawa ng fake ID, fake na diploma, lahat ng uri ng fake na imprenta sa baranggay mo, kasama ka na sa kaso (The next time somebody in your area of responsibility produces fake ID, fake diploma, all kinds of fake documents, you will be involved in the charges),” the city Mayor warned barangay officials.

Domagoso further expressed anger towards members of Manila Police who act as protectors of printing shops producing fake documents along Recto Avenue.

“Dinoble na ng pangulo ng bansa ang sweldo nyo. May mga allowance pa kayo sa siyudad. Ibinibigay kung ano ang dapat sa inyo (The President already doubled your salary. You also receive allowances from the city government. You are even provided of what you deserve),” Domagoso said.

The Mayor warns rogue policemen to rectify their actions, otherwise, suffer the consequences.

“Kapag hindi kayo tumigil , ang susunod kung i-re-raid ang presinto (If you don’t shape up, I will raid police stations next),” Mayor Isko said.

“Poposasan ko kayo sa mata ng publiko na kung saan ikahihiya ninyo habang buhay. Kahit pamilya ninyo (I will put handcuffs on you and I will embarrass you which you will remember for the rest of your life. Even by your family) you will be disowned,” he added.

The city mayor is determined to curb the illegal operations of the so-called ‘Recto University’ in Manila.

In November, six persons were arrested in an entrapment operation by MPD-SMART on the act of producing fake ID cards of persons with disability (PWD) and senior citizens. – MNP (with details from Bernard Dadis)

NCRPO confirms first COVID-19 case in Manila Police

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 24, 2020

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday (March 24) confirmed the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manila Police District (MPD).

In a statement, the NCRPO said the first confirmed COVID-19 case was considered as person under investigation (PUI) last March 17.

NCRPO Chief PMGen. Debold Sinas immediately ordered to disinfect and decontaminate the station where the confirmed case was assigned.

“As soon as the decontamination takes place, other police officers will take over the duties and responsibilities of the station while the colleagues are considered PUIs,” Sinas said.

Sinas also said they are already conducting contact tracing of those who had contact with the NCRPO patient.

“We will advise them for home quarantine until March 28,” he said.

“We are also human beings susceptible to COVID-19. And as law enforcers, we are facing higher risks of exposure to this pathogen as part of our pledge to serve and protect our fellowmen,” he added.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Several streets in Manila to be closed starting Thursday night

Maris Federez   •   October 31, 2019

The Manila City government will be implementing rerouting schemes and road closures in several streets in the city starting Thursday night as the influx of people is expected to arrive at the Manila North Cemetery.

According to the Manila Police District Traffic Enforcement Unit, the following schedule shall take effect at 10 in the evening of October 31 until November 3.

Road closures:

  • Stretch of Aurora Blvd. from Dimasalang To Rizal Avenue
  • Stretch of Dimasalang from Makiling to Blumentritt
  • Stretch of P.Guevarra from Cavite To Pampanga
  • Stretch of Blumentritt from A.Bonifacio to P.Guevarra
  • Stretch of Retiro from Dimasalang to Blumentritt Extension
  • Stretch of Leonor Rivera from Cavite to Aurora Blvd.

Designated Parking Areas:

  • Stretch of Craig Street
  • Stretch of Sulu Street
  • Stretch of Simon Street
  • Stretch of Oroquita Street
  • Stretch of Felix Huertas Street
  • Stretch of Metrica Street

Rerouting of PUJs Bound for the North Cemetery:

  • PUJs from Rizal Avenue/Blumentritt to pass thru Cavite Street, right turn to Leonor Rivera or Isagani Street right to Antipolo Street to point of destination.
  • PUJs from Amoranto Street, Quezon City to turn right to Calavite Street, right turn to Bonifacio Avenue to point of destination. (Loading and unloading before Amoranto/Calavite)
  • PUJs from Dimasalang Street to turn right to Makiling Street, right turn to Maceda Street to point of destination. (Loading and unloading after Maceda/Makiling)

No Parking/Tow-Away Zone

  • Retiro-Blumentritt and Aurora-Blumentritt to Bonifacio Avenue to Laong Laan, Dimasalang from North Cemetery Gate to Makiling Street.
  • Laong Laan (Bulaklakan)-Don Castillas, Don Quijote and Maria Clara, Carol and Aragon Streets.

“May parking area po kami starting tomorrow yung designated area po namin sa may entrance para sa motorcycle yung iba bawal na pong pumasok lahat ng uri ng sasakyan sa loob ng sementeryo,” said Noel Villamor, the Chief of Operation of the MPD Station 3. (from the report of Bernard Dadis) /mbmf

Duterte orders DILG to dismiss rogue cops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (October 28) has ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año to dismiss rogue cops.

Duterte reassured that most cops are good and law abiding, however, he admitted that there are still a few who are involved in anomalies like illegal drugs.

“By and large, ang police mababait. May mga sahol lang talaga na especially iyong nakatikim na at saka iyong may mga kaso na. Sabihin ko kay General Año, ‘Tanggalin mo na lang’, (By and large, the police are good. There are just those who are not—especially those who were already involved themselves and already have cases)” he said during the oath-taking of newly appointed government officials in Malacañang.

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Duterte said it is up to the DILG and the Department of Justice to decide on the liability of policemen involved in illegal drugs or other anomalous activities.

“And I expect the department to impose administrative sanctions which include gross ignorance of the law. Then the administrative proceeding may mete out a punishment of separation,” he said.

The Chief Executive already expressed his disappointment with rogue policemen especially those who are involved in illegal drug recycling. Duterte is also dismayed by the ‘politics’ of reinstating erring policemen.

Madali iyang style nila (Their style is easy). They are suspended, then after the suspension o dismissed, they just go back to the administrative section [of the] police. Magbayad sila ng (They will pay) P300, then they are reinstated,” he said.

He again warned erring cops to stop their anomalous activities.

Kaya sabi ko nga dito sa pulis, kapag naabutan kita, patayin kita (That’s why I told the police, if I catch I will kill you),” the Chief Executive said. “We are in a state of perdition. If there is nobody who will do it, I will do it. If somebody has to go to prison, I will go to prison. If somebody has to die for it, I will die for it.”—AAC


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