One suspect in Binondo bank robbery possibly posed as security supervisor – MPD

Marje Pelayo   •   July 11, 2019   •   2161

Suspects in the robbery of Metrobak Binondo branch

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities are now investigating the bank robbery incident that happened along Sto. Cristo Street in Binondo on Thursday morning (July 11).

Based on the CCTV footage recovered from a nearby barangay hall, two men were seen waiting outside the Metrobank Binondo branch.

When the door opened, the two rushed to get in then three other men followed.

Authorities wondered why the bank employee allowed the two men to enter the bank when it was still minutes earlier than the regular banking hour of 9:00 a.m.

Aside from the five men inside the bank, two others who were on motorbikes served as lookouts nearby.

Authorities were able to report the incident at 9:18 a.m. but the bank management only allowed the investigators to enter the bank premises two hours after.

“Pagdating lang ni Mayor saka lang pinapasok. Noong kinausap na ni Mayor ‘yung branch manager at saka ‘yung chief security ng Metrobank, 2 hours, (They allowed (the police) only when Mayor (Isko) arrived, only when Mayor Isko talked to the branch manager and the security chief of Metrobank, that was two hours after,)” explained Cesar Chavez, Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso’s chief of staff.

The bank management argued that such decision of not allowing investigators to just go in was in compliance with the protocol imposed by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

“Ang nakakapagtaka diyan is bakit nakapasok sila before banking hours. Number two, iyong mga nakapasok alam nila kung saan kukunin ang CCTV footages, (What’s suspicious is why they (robbers) were able to enter earlier than banking hours. Number two, the robbers know where to get the CCTV footages,)” noted BGen. Vicente Danao, Chie of the Manila Police District.

According to MPD, one of the suspects possibly disguised as security supervisor so he was allowed entry into the bank.

The suspects are still at large but the MPD confirmed that they already identified persons of interest in relation to the case.

Mayor Domagoso announced earlier P1-M bounty for the immediate capture of the culprits.

“Ako po ay nagbibigay ng isang milyong piso sa sinoman makapagbibigay ng impormasyon para mahuli ito. Pito kayo diba? Tsutsu niyo na ‘yung anim, may isang milyon ka pa, (I am giving P1 million to who ever has information about them. There are seven of you. Speak of the other six and I give you one million),” Domagoso said enticing the suspects of the reward money.

Meanwhile, the Metrobank management condemned the incident while it assured that no one among its employees and clients was hurt.

“Metrobank condemns the robbery at our Sto. Cristo branch in Manila earlier today. No clients were affected by the act and all Metrobankers are safe,” the bank’s management in a statement said.

“We will be working closely with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other authorities to ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended,” the statement read further. – with details from April Cenedoza

Several streets in Manila to be closed starting Thursday night

Maris Federez   •   October 31, 2019

The Manila City government will be implementing rerouting schemes and road closures in several streets in the city starting Thursday night as the influx of people is expected to arrive at the Manila North Cemetery.

According to the Manila Police District Traffic Enforcement Unit, the following schedule shall take effect at 10 in the evening of October 31 until November 3.

Road closures:

  • Stretch of Aurora Blvd. from Dimasalang To Rizal Avenue
  • Stretch of Dimasalang from Makiling to Blumentritt
  • Stretch of P.Guevarra from Cavite To Pampanga
  • Stretch of Blumentritt from A.Bonifacio to P.Guevarra
  • Stretch of Retiro from Dimasalang to Blumentritt Extension
  • Stretch of Leonor Rivera from Cavite to Aurora Blvd.

Designated Parking Areas:

  • Stretch of Craig Street
  • Stretch of Sulu Street
  • Stretch of Simon Street
  • Stretch of Oroquita Street
  • Stretch of Felix Huertas Street
  • Stretch of Metrica Street

Rerouting of PUJs Bound for the North Cemetery:

  • PUJs from Rizal Avenue/Blumentritt to pass thru Cavite Street, right turn to Leonor Rivera or Isagani Street right to Antipolo Street to point of destination.
  • PUJs from Amoranto Street, Quezon City to turn right to Calavite Street, right turn to Bonifacio Avenue to point of destination. (Loading and unloading before Amoranto/Calavite)
  • PUJs from Dimasalang Street to turn right to Makiling Street, right turn to Maceda Street to point of destination. (Loading and unloading after Maceda/Makiling)

No Parking/Tow-Away Zone

  • Retiro-Blumentritt and Aurora-Blumentritt to Bonifacio Avenue to Laong Laan, Dimasalang from North Cemetery Gate to Makiling Street.
  • Laong Laan (Bulaklakan)-Don Castillas, Don Quijote and Maria Clara, Carol and Aragon Streets.

“May parking area po kami starting tomorrow yung designated area po namin sa may entrance para sa motorcycle yung iba bawal na pong pumasok lahat ng uri ng sasakyan sa loob ng sementeryo,” said Noel Villamor, the Chief of Operation of the MPD Station 3. (from the report of Bernard Dadis) /mbmf

Road closure in parts of Manila set for Oct. 18-19

Marje Pelayo   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) announced temporary closure of several roads in the city of Manila starting Friday (October 18) and Saturday (October 19) to make way for two events.

The MPD announced that the north and southbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard, from T.M. Kalaw to Katigbak Drive will be closed on Friday starting at 3:00PM.

The closure is to give way for a wreath-laying ceremony at Rizal Park which will be graced by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.

Meanwhile, the following roads will also be temporarily closed on Saturday from 4:00PM:

  • J. Nakpil Street, from Guerrero Street to Adriatico Street in Malate, Manila
  • Bocobo Street, from Remedios Circle to J. Nakpil Street

The said roads will be closed to make way for the festivities related to the annual ‘Oktoberfest sa Maynila.’

The MPD advised motorists to take alternate routes as heavy traffic is expected.

Mayor Isko lifts closure order against Isetann mall

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Isetann Mall in Recto gets back to business on Friday (October 11) after the Manila City government lifted the closure order it issued against the mall for violation of various city’s ordinances.

In a statement, the city government said Mayor Isko Domagoso approved the recommendation of Bureau of Permits chief Levi Facundo to lift the closure order after the mall secured the appropriate permits needed to operate.

“Upon coordination with this Office and submission of requirements, this is to confirm that you have substantially complied with the deficiencies/ violations noted in the Closure Order in relation to the operation of your business,” the lift order read.

“In view thereof, the Closure Order dated 9 October 2019 is hereby lifted,” it said.

Isetann Mall was ordered closed following reports of various violations of city ordinances and misrepresentations in permit applications.

While the city government allowed the mall to resume operations, it warned Isetann Mall that “any future similar violation or any other violation of the terms and conditions of the business permit may constrain this Office to take similar action or may lead to the revocation of your permit.”

Aside from documentation requirements, the mall management also settled of its tax deficiencies worth P2 million under the city government’s tax amnesty program.

For its part, the mall management vowed to strictly implement the anti-fencing law that criminalizes the act of buying and/or selling stolen items in all of its establishments inside the mall.

“In keeping with the instructions of the City Mayor, the sale of secondhand phones will no longer be allowed here at the Isetann Cinerama Complex,” the mall said in a letter to the Mayor as cited by the Manila Public Information Office.

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