NCRPO to deploy 10k policemen in Metro Manila this holiday season
Aileen Cerrudo • December 2, 2020 • 171
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is set to deploy 10,000 policemen in Metro Manila this holiday season.
NCRPO Chief PBGen. Vicente Danao Jr. said the deployed officers will man crowded areas including malls, terminals, and train stations.
“I’m tasking them to maximize the visibility all over NCR, I wanted them to be in any places of convergence in the whole Metro Manila,” he said.
The PNP also reminded the public to be smart and vigilant when going out during the holiday season.
The National Police released an advisory encouraging the public to follow health protocols and opt for online shopping, if possible.
PNP Chief PGen. Debold Sinas said they want to maximize police visibility not just to prevent crime, but to also make sure the public is practicing physical distancing amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Ang importante sa amin na nakalagay sa direktiba ay iyong mga social distancing. So magpalabas po kami ng directive na habang nagbubukas iyong community natin dumadami na ang tao sa labas (What’s important for us, which is stated in our directive, is social distancing. So we will release a directive as communities reopen and more people go outside),“ he said.
Sinas also confirmed the PNP will remain in full alert status this holiday season. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) announced it will next work on the Pasig River Expressway Project (PAREX) after completing the Skyway Stage 3.
In a statement, the SMC said it will begin work on the East-West Highway in February.
“We will continue work to further decongest Metro Manila by linking east and west of the metropolis, through the Pasig River Expressway (Parex) project,” SMC president and Ramon Ang said.
Ang made the announcement during the opening ceremonies of Skyway 3 on Thursday which was attended by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Pasig River Expressway project is a 19.4-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway along the banks of the Pasig River that will complete the north-south, east-west link, connecting R-10 in Manila, Edsa, and C5 and decongesting Rizal, Cainta, and Marikina.
Ang said the project will provide faster, alternative access to the business districts Makati, Ortigas, and BGC.
The toll road is expected to cut travel time between two areas to about 10 to 15 minutes from the two hours at present.
The project can be completed by 2023, Ang said.
Aside from PAREX, he also revealed that work has also started for the construction of the Manila International Airport project in Bulacan province.
Touted as the single-largest investment ever in the Philippines, the SMC said the airport project will connect to major thoroughfares in the metropolis. It will have four-parallel runways and modern, world-class facilities.
Ang set the opening date of the massive airport project for 2025. Two major expressways connecting to the airport will also open by 2023.
Meanwhile, the ongoing Skyway Extension project, which will extend Skyway’s reach in the south, to Susanna Heights, Muntinlupa, is set for completion this year.
Both the Parex and Bulacan airport projects are to be connected to the Skyway system, further extending the country’s infrastructure network, the SMC said.
MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has denied the torture claims of two respondents in the Dacera case.
NCRPO Director PBGen. Vicente Danao Jr. defended the Makati Police against allegations that police officers tortured two of the respondents.
The respondents reported that they were tortured to say there were illegal drugs present during the New Year’s Eve party or the night before the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.
Danao said no police authorities abused or forced the respondents to influence their statements regarding the case. He also questioned the two on the sudden retraction of their statements.
“They’ve been coming out sa different social media and the same story ang sinasabi nila during their interviews at iyong mga info na inilabas nila sa kanilang Facebook page mismo. Wala naman silang sinabi na nabugbog sila, bakit ngayon biglang nagkaroon ng bugbugan (They’ve been telling the same story during the interviews and from the stories they released in their Facebook page. No one said something about getting tortured, then all of a sudden, there was tortured involved?),” he said.
On Wednesday (January 13), respondents JP dela Serna and Rommel Galido alleged that they were abused by police authorities mentally and physically to force them to provide false information.
“I retracted it because they were the ones who put words into my mouth namagturo ako ng tao sa nangyari (to pin the incident on someone) […] tutulungan nila kaming makalabas if ever magsasabi kami kung sino iyong tao (they said they will help us get released if we give them a name),” Dela Serna said.
Galido, previously said Christine told him about a certain Mark who allegedly put something in her drink. Galido clarified that Christine just told him she had drunk too much.
“Fino-force kami na dapat magsabi, magturo kami ng someone kapalit ng kalayaan namin. Siyempre, wala akong alam kung anong dapat gawin. Gulong gulo iyong isip ko.. Any options i-grab [ko] para matapos na ito. Sabi ko doon, si Mark. Si Mark iyong nasabi ko which is hindi naman dapat talaga kasi wala namang sinabi si Christine na Mark (They forced us to put the blame on someone in exchange for our freedom. Of course, I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to grab any option just to end this. I told them it’s Mark which is not true because Christine never mentioned someone named Mark),” Galido said.
Meanwhile, the NCRPO released photos proving no torture was done against the respondents. Danao added that the respondents could face raps for retracting their statements regarding the case.
“Pwede silang file-an ng perjury kasi under oath iyon na sinabi nila, (They could be charged with perjury because they said those statements under oath),” he said.
Danao also said they added more names to the list of respondents. The NCRPO hopes that the involved individuals would cooperate to shed more light on the case. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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