Mga Residenteng Apektado ng Demolisyon sa Guatemala Compound sa Makati, Isa-Isa Nang Nagsilikas

admin   •   September 26, 2012   •   3306

Ang ilan sa mga residente sa Guatemala Compound sa Makati City na di pa nililisan ang kanilang lugar sa kabila ng naging marahas na demolisyon noong Lunes. (UNTV News)

MAKATI CITY, Philippines – Sinampahan na ng mga kasong direct assault, malicious mischief at physical injuries sa piskalya ang mga naarestong sibilyan dahil sa ginawang pambabato sa mga pulis at demolition team sa Guatemala Street, Barangay San Isidro, Makati City noong Lunes.

Kaugnay nito, wala na ring pag-asang makabalik pa sa kanilang lugar ang may tatlumpong pamilya matapos tanggapin ang alok ng city government na relokasyon sa Calauan, Laguna.

Mas pinili naman ng mahigit 130 pamilya ang cash assistance kaysa relokasyon.

Mahigit sa P24 libong piso ang kanilang tatanggapin at libre silang ihahatid ng truck ng lungsod saan mang lugar nila ibig pumunta.

“Kung ano ang checklist, parehas lang sa lahat. Birth certificate, birth certificate ng mga anak, marriage certificate, 2 valid ID. Bago secure lahat ng ng requirements pakita muna nila sa amin ang proof of residency. Kung wala sila, yun ang patunay na disqualified sila,” pahayag ni Tess Soriano ng City Social Welfare Department.

Sa kasalukuyan, nasa mahigit 70 pamilya pa ang hindi pa makapag-pasya kung relocation o cash assistance ang pipiliin.

Tiniyak naman ng city government na walang katotohanan ang balitang miserable ang buhay sa relocation site dahil may inilaan silang pondo para ayusin ang lugar. (Victor Cosare/Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Laguna to be placed under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 starting January 7

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The province of Laguna has been escalated to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Malacañang announced.

In a statement, acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Laguna’s alert level designation will take effect from January 7 until January 15.

Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved the recommendation late Wednesday night.

Laguna joins neighboring provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal under Alert Level 3.

The National Capital Region is also under the same alert level due to the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.

Under Alert Level 3, several business establishments will allowed to operate at 30% indoor capacity for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50% outdoor capacity, provided that all personnel are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Contact sports, face-to-face classes, amusement parks, funfairs, casinos are among the establishments and activities are not allowed under Alert Level 3.

The Philippines on Wednesday logged 10,775 new COVID-19 cases, nearly double from Tuesday’s figures. Authorities have warned about the possibility of a local transmission of the Omicron variant due to the steep increase in cases.

Makati subway project to get tax incentives – DOF

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The rail operations of the Makati City Subway project will be granted a four-year income tax holiday followed by five years of enhanced deductions and duty exemption on importation for the construction, operation, management, and maintenance of the project, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Monday.

In a statement, the DOF said the Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) has approved the grant of tax incentives for the P81-billion Makati City subway project, which is expected to begin commercial operations in January 2026.

 The DOF said the board approved the tax incentive grant last month.

“In deciding to approve the project, the FIRB took into consideration the projected increase in economic productivity of P24.4 billion per year once the subway system becomes operational in 2026,” the DOF said.

“This will be monitored, along with the other projected benefits, in accordance with the principle of granting incentives based on merit or performance embodied in the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Law,” it added.

Finance chief Carlos Dominguez, however, clarified that this package of incentives is confined only to the activity applied for, which is the rail operation.

“The incentives approved will not apply to the other business activities that would be generated from the subway operations, such as the lease of retail areas and advertising, which should be subject to the regular corporate income tax rate and other applicable taxes,” the DOF said.

The subway project is seen to help ease traffic congestion by providing an alternative transport service to up to 700,000 commuters, and reducing the volume of vehicles plying the city streets.

Throughout the deliberations for the project, Dominguez also said that the Makati City government and the Department of Transportation should work out the details of how to connect the proposed subway to the Metro Manila Subway project of the national government, the DOF said.

PNP-IAS clears 10 cops in death of minor in Laguna drug ops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has cleared 10 policemen of wrongdoing in the anti-drug operation that resulted in the death of a minor in Laguna.

According to PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, the investigation belies allegations that the incident was a case of human rights abuse and extra-judicial killing.

Sa paglabas ng imbestigasyon na ito ng IAS, muling napatunayan na walang katotohanan ang mga paratang na may drug-related operations ang PNP na may bahid ng pang-aabuso gaya ng gustong palabasin ng iba (With the release of the IAS’s investigation, it again proves that there is no truth in the allegations that some  of PNP’s drug-related operations have traces of abuse as what others would like to imply),” he said.

Last June 16, operatives of the Laguna Police Intelligence Unit conducted an anti-illegal drug operation against notorious drug suspect, Antonio Dalit in Biñan City. Dalit and his 16-year-old companion, Jhondy Maglinte Helis engaged police operatives and were killed in a shootout.

Helis’ family claimed that Dalit and the teenager were executed by the PNP operatives. However, based on the IAS investigation, there is no indication that the two suspects were killed in cold blood and no witness surfaced to attest to the alleged execution. Helis’ family also refused to cooperate with the IAS investigation.

Eleazar assured that as chief of the national police, he would remain fair in handling cases involving PNP personnel. AAC

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