MPD warns of arrest for health protocol violators at Traslacion 2021

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 8, 2021   •   866

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Police District (MPD) announced that violators of health and safety protocols during the commemoration of this year’s Traslacion will face arrest.

Authorities said they will practice maximum tolerance in dealing with devotees and will remind them to follow safety protocols including wearing of footwear. Several devotees are known to go barefoot when visiting Quiapo Church during Traslacion.

The Manila Public Employment Office will also distribute face masks to devotees if they are not wearing one.

The MPD said they will resort to arrest if devotees will continue to practice unruly behavior such as refusing to abide by the minimum health and safety protocols or if they are caught doing petty crimes such as snatching.

The MPD added that they will deploy personnel around the area to monitor the devotees.

Minors, aged 15 and below as well as senior citizens, will not be allowed in the area.

Despite the cancellation of the massive procession due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities still expect devotees to travel to Quiapo Church.

Devotees are also encouraged to commemorate Traslacion in the safety of their homes to avoid the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. AAC

MPD probes 25 Chinese nationals in foiled attempts to get COVID jabs

Marje Pelayo   •   April 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Police District (MPD) is investigating 25 Chinese nationals who allegedly attempted to get coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine shots by presenting dubious medical certificates in various vaccination sites in the city.

MPD Chief BGen Leo Francisco said they are still evaluating if the medical certificates were authentic or not.

Based on MPD’s spot report released on Sunday (April 4), 19 Chinese were questioned in Ermita Station and six others in Tondo trying to get vaccinated using questionable medical certificates.

Francisco said some of the Chinese were tourists who don’t speak Filipino or English and are not from Manila.

However, Francisco said they are still evaluating if the medical certificates presented were authentic or not.

He said the Chinese nationals registered via Manila’s www.manilacovid19vaccine.ph and got QR (quick response) codes.

Francisco said the Manila Health Department (MHD) asked for police assistance.

On Monday, the MPD sent letters to the Chinese Embassy and to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to ask for more information about the apprehended Chinese nationals.

A letter was also sent to the Professional Regulation Commission to get details on the signatory in the medical certificates.

MPD arrests 6 Chinese, 3 Filipinos for fake certificate during COVID-19 vaccination

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila Police District (MPD) has arrested six Chinese nationals and three Filipinos for presenting fake medical certificates during vaccination for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

On Sunday (April 4), local authorities accosted the said individuals for their fake medical certificates during a vaccination rollout in Sergio Osmeña High School Gagalangin Tondo, Manila.

The police identified the six Chinese nationals as Shi Jialiang, 34 years old; Dong Cai Y Yang, 48 years old; Manuel Chan Y Ong, 49 years old; Jessebele Ong Chan Chua, 43 years old; Hong Hong Yi, and Hing Yuen. 

Meanwhile, the three Filipinos were identified as Aune Loresto, 19 years old; Jolina Deonila, 19 years old; and Deolita Malguita Jr., 27 years old.

Local authorities say the individuals were brought to Police Station 1 Investigation Section for proper disposition. AAC

3 dead, 2 injured in Ermita building collapse

Maris Federez   •   March 21, 2021


Photo courtesy: Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide unit

MANILA, Philippines — A building that was being demolished in Ermita, Manila collapsed on Saturday.

The Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide unit said five construction workers were trapped when the building, located at the demolition site of Old PhilAM compound, UN Avenue cor. Ma. Orosa Street, caved in at about 11:15 a.m. on Mar 20, 2021.

Three workers died while two others were injured.

MPD Homicide Unit chief PCpt. Henry Navarro said the two who sustained injuries were immediately rescued and were rushed to Philippine Orthopedic Center Quezon City. They were identified as Aaron Eleutrio and Airold Sidro, both 20 years old.

The three, on the other hand, had been trapped overnight. Their bodies were retrieved Sunday morning.

Their bodies have already been identified by their relatives who were notified by the authorities. They were Richard Bugarin, 31 years old;  Joseph Lacsa; and Jomar Torillos, 27.

Authorities said one of them is still in critical condition, while the other is now safe.

Cpt. Navarro said they are still ascertaining the accountabilities of the workers’ employer and the building contractor on the incident.

“Kahapon po, may natabunan pong lima. Nalabas naman agad yung dalawa. Buhay naman sila. Yung tatlo po, naipit doon overnight. Kaninang umaga nag-resume yung retrieval operations. Nakuha na po silang tatlo. Lahat po patay na,” Navarro said.—/mbmf

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