MRT-3 passenger arrested for grenade found inside bag
Marje Pelayo • February 25, 2019 • 1988
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A 29-year-old man was arrested at MRT-3 Cubao Station when baggage inspectors found a ‘live hand grenade’ inside his bag on Saturday evening (February 13).
According to the train station’s security personnel, they noticed a suspicious item inside Christian Guzman’s bag when it passed through the x-ray machine.
When they checked, they found the grenade inside a cellphone box wrapped in a packaging tape.
The MRT-3 security personnel immediately reported the incident to the Quezon City Police District Station 7.
“Nakita ko po iyon sa monitor na iyong hugis po niya, (iyong) metal is blue, dark blue. Iyon po ang sinabi na granada. So kaagad kong hi-nold iyon then tinawag ko (ang) attention ng dalawang pulis natin na nandoon po naka- duty at that time,” explained MRT-3 Cubao Station security personnel Ana Mae Berlaza.
NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar said they are thoroughly investigating the case particularly Guzman’s claim that the grenade belongs to his brother who is a soldier.
“Initially, ang nalaman natin ay kapatid siya ng sundalo. Taga-Isabela iyong sundalo na iyon at iniwan itong granada sa kanila last December pa at dahil daw iyong tatay niya, kapag nalalasing ay ipinagmamalaki, ipinagmamayabang iyong granada. Nag-decide siya na ito ay ibiyahe papunta dito sa Manila, lalo na sa Tagaytay para ibalik doon sa kaniyang kapatid na sundalo,” Eleazar said.
Guzman is facing charges for violating R.A. 9516 or illegal possession of ammunition and explosive.
“We are checking on these allegations but just the same. We are preparing the charges against him which is possession of explosives na non-bailable,” the NCRPO Chief added.
Guzman underwent inquest proceedings at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office on Sunday (February 24), all the while asserting his innocence saying he has no existing police records whatsoever.
“Wala naman po akong intensyon na galawin po iyong granada. Ako po, malinis ang hangarin ko. Mahirap lang din kami,” he added.
Authorities call on the public to be vigilant and immediately notify the police if they see any suspicious person and items or activities inside the train station.
Security measures are expected to beef up following the incident for the safety of the riding public, according to authorities. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of passengers were offloaded at the northbound Santolan station of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) after one of its trains was reported to have emitted smoke on Monday afternoon.
In an advisory, the MRT-3 management said around 530 passengers were unloaded after a train driver reported a smoke emission at 4:08 p.m.
A provisional service with seven trains running from Shaw Boulevard to Taft Avenue has been implemented around 4:30 p.m., it added.
The train management assured commuters its rehabilitation and maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy, will “conduct a thorough investigation” on the incident.
It added that measures will also be implemented to prevent the incident from happening again.
MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Monday announced it will give free rides to passengers 18 years old and below this coming Wednesday, November 6 in celebration of the 27th National Children’s Month.
In a Twitter post, the MRT-3 management said the offer may be availed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Students will have to present their school identification cards to get free train rides.
“Pwede itong ma-avail mula alas-7 hanggang alas-9 ng umaga, at mula alas-5 ng hapon hanggang alas-7 ng gabi. Para sa mga estudyante, ipresenta lamang ang inyong School ID sa aming station personnel na nasa service gate upang makalibre ng sakay,” it said.
This year’s National Children’s Month will be celebrated with the theme, “Karapatang Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan” according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
In a memorandum released last September, the DILG said the celebration aims to recognize the gains and successes of the Philippines in the promotion and protection of children’s rights.
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