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MMDA: Expect heavy traffic as more works begin for MRT-7 on Monday

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2018

MRT 7 construction and traffic along on Commonwealth Avenue-Philcoa

Quezon City, Philippines – The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has reminded motorists to be more patient as the construction of MRT7 continues in different parts of Quezon City.

On Monday, April 30, MMDA will close the westbound lane of Regalado Highway from Mindanao Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue, while the eastbound lane of Regalado Highway will open for one-way traffic to give way for the construction of the coping beam of MRT7. The road closure will start from 10:00 pm, Monday, to 5:00 am, Tuesday.

Meanwhile, all three lanes of both southbound and northbound lanes will be closed beginning May 1, Tuesday, along Commonwealth Avenue from Tandang Sora for the construction of MRT7 Tandang Sora Station and its elevated guideway.

Also, on the same day, demolition of the Tandang Sora flyover will begin as a prelude to the construction of the northbound and southbound flyover to be completed within a year.

In line with the project, two lanes along North Avenue will also close Monday for the construction of the underground guide-way to be completed within eight months. – Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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Authorities conduct clearing operations in Balintawak, QC

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

MMDA personnel confiscate goods of illegal vendors at a wet market in Balintawak, Quezon City

The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) conducted clearing operations in Balintawak, Quezon City on Wednesday (July 10).

This is for a stricter implementation of the anti-illegal parking and anti-illegal vendor in the city.

The Chief of Traffic Operations Division of the (QC DPOS) Dexter Cardenas said the heavy tarffic in EDSA-Balintawak is due to these vendors and illegally parked vehicles.

“Nagdadagsaan ang maraming tao, namamalengke [ang] mga wholesalers, mga retailers. So malaki iyong activities kaya pagdating ng umaga, makikita mo ang daming kalat, ang daming nakaparada, (So people flock here to shop including wholesalers and retailers. There are a lot of activities that by morning, you can see trash and parked vehicles),” he said.

Cardenas added that it is difficult for them to remove the stalls of illegal vendors since they will lose their livelihood.

He calls on these vendors to cooperate with the authorities for the safety and order of Quezon City.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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PNP intel officer dies after ambush in Quezon City

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2019

The body of 49-year-old Police Staff Sergeant Fernando Diamzon after he was shot by two suspects riding a motorcycle.

A Philippine National Police (PNP) intelligence officer was shot dead near Camp Crame in Quezon City Friday morning (June 21).

According to Cubao Police Station Commander PLtCol. Giovanni, 49-year-old Police Staff Sergeant Fernando Diamzon just left Camp Crame on a motorcycle with his colleague.

Two suspects, also riding a motorcycle, approached them and shot Diamzon seven times. His colleague, meanwhile, was unharmed.

“According doon sa witness natin, initially may narinig siyang putok akala nga nila noong una ay galing sa gulong nila. Pagkatapos ng putok na galing sa likod ay nakita na lang niya na may sumulpot sa unahan niya habang moving sila ay may pumutok pa sa unahan. We are looking for two suspects on board a motorcycle, (Our witness said, he initially heard gunshots which they thought came from their tires. Afterwards, he saw [a motorcycle] drove past them and began shooting),” he said.

The suspects were able to escape immediately after shooting the victim.

Caliao added that the investigation is still ongoing and the suspects might have been monitoring the suspects because they seemed to know when Diamzon’s shift ends.

“Tinitingnan po natin dito iyong anggulo since PNP member siya ay tinitingnan po natin iyong work related, pero hindi po natin inaalis ang possibility na may iba pang anggulo o motibo, (We are looking into other angles. Since he is a PNP member, we are studying if it is work related. However, we are not dismissing other angles),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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7 nabbed in separate Quezon City drug bust ops

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019

(left-right) Drug suspects arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted in Luzon Avenue and Tandang Sora

Seven individuals suspected of dealing drugs, including a police asset and a pregnant woman, were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted in Quezon City on Thursday morning.

In an operation launched in Luzon Avenue in Pasong Tamo around 2 a.m., members of the Quezon City Police District nabbed two drug suspects who were former detainees charged with drug selling and possession. They were both released from jail last June 6.

Two others, including a five-month pregnant woman, were also arrested at the scene.

Seized from them were 10 grams of suspected shabu estimated to be worth P68,000, a weighing scale and other drug paraphernalia.

Shortly after the said operation in Luzon avenue, authorities then swooped in on another area in the corners of Tandang Sora and Congressional Avenue extension which yielded the arrest of three individuals.

The suspects include a police asset who helped police in a previous drug buy-bust operation.

Seized from them were several plastic sachets of suspected shabu.

All suspects are now facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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