Misuari lauds Mayor Isko’s planned Muslim cemetery in Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 15, 2019   •   253

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari has lauded Manila Mayor Isko Moreno for his plan to build a Muslim cemetery in Manila by 2020.

During their meeting on Friday (November 15), Misuari expressed his gratitude for giving importance to the Muslim community when it comes to burial practices.

“It is extraordinary and magnificent,” he said.

According to Moreno, he considered building a Muslim cemetery because Muslims who died would have to be transported to burial places either in Bulacan, Taguig, or in Mindanao due to the lack of Muslim cemeteries in Manila.

“When I came in sabi ko ‘Bakit ganoon? Mayroon tayong Filipino cemetery. Mayroon tayong Chinese Cemetery. Bakit wala tayong Muslim cemetery?’ (I said, ‘Why is it that we have a Filipino and Chinese cemetery but not have a Muslim cemetery?’),” he said.

The planned Muslim cemetery will have its own entry gate and washing building.

“It’s done next year. This one, considered it done. We are just waiting for the funding,” Domagoso told Misuari.—AAC

Panday Sining group calls for release of members nabbed for vandalism

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2019

Police arrested the four members of Panday Sining for spray-painting political statements on public properties during the annual rally commemorating the birth anniversary of Filipino hero, Andres Bonifacio. | Photo taken from the Facebook page of Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo

MANILA, Philippines – Left-leaning art group, Panday Sining, is calling for the release of four of its members who were arrested in Manila on Saturday, Nov. 30 over a protest art to mark Bonifacio Day.

In a statement, Panday Sining condemned the arrest of four activists by police after attending rallies commemorating the birth anniversary of Filipino hero, Andres Bonifacio.

The four, which included a minor, were apprehended by the Manila Police District for vandalism.

Police arrested the activists while they were spray-painting messages calling for end to political repression on posts of Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 2 in Recto.

Panday Sining said its members were manhandled while being dragged by police officers in civilian clothes.

“We demand the release of these people’s artists. We demand an end to the Duterte regime’s tyranny amid the people’s just demands,” the group said.

The group also defended its members, saying its “protest art in the time of narrowing space for free and critical thinking is not only just necessary.”

Free the artists! Free Panday Sining 4!We condemn in the strongest terms the arbitrary abduction and arrest of the…

Posted by Panday Sining on Saturday, 30 November 2019

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso in a statement on Sunday, Dec. 1, said he had warned the group against committing vandalism.

“You were warned. Nag-abiso na ako. Nananawagan po ako na huwag ninyo nang ulitin. Inulit niyo pa rin. Sinusubukan niyo kung may batas at liderato sa Maynila,” he said.

“Kailangan niyo pong harapin ngayon ang bisa ng batas,” he added.

In November, the group earned Mayor Isko’s ire after they spray-painted messages on the newly-refurbished walls of Lagusnilad underpass and UN Avenue.

Mayor Isko warned the group that he will make them “wipe the paint off with their tongue” if he happens to catch them.

He also earlier said that citizens have the right to express themselves but they do not have the right to vandalize public property.

Vandalism is a prohibited act in the City of Manila under Ordinance No. 7971 which imposes penalties on any person who defaces public and private property.

Jones Bridge to be closed on Nov. 24 – Manila LGU

Robie de Guzman   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Jones Bridge will be closed to motorists on Sunday, November 24, the local government of Manila announced Wednesday.

In an advisory posted on Facebook, the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) said the bridge will be closed starting at 3 p.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Jones Bridge will be closed on Sunday, November 24, 2019, starting 3:00 pm.Please take the following…

Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Wednesday, 20 November 2019

It advised those plying the northbound lane to Divisoria to take this route:

  • McArthur Bridge
  • Sta. Cruz Church
  • Take U-Turn to Plaza Sta. Cruz
  • Straight to Dasmarinas Street
  • Quintin Paredes Street
  • Endpoint/Divisoria

Meanwhile, those traversing the southbound lane going to Taft Avenue, P. Burgos, and Roxas Boulevard are advised to take this route:

  • Juan Luna Street
  • Muelle Dela Industria, Riverside
  • Go to Sta. Cruz Area
  • Straight to Destination

Manila authorities are yet to announce the reason for the bridge’s closure.

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Manila traffic enforcer sacked after being caught asking for bribe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2019

The Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) has confirmed they already fired the traffic enforcer who was caught in a viral video asking bribe from a motorist.

MTPB chief Dennis Viaje said the traffic enforcer assigned to UN Avenue corner Taft Avenue will no longer be part of the Manila City government for engaging in “kotong.”

Netizen Love Laurena posted the video on Monday, November 18 and it immediately went viral.—AAC

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