Para sa tropa: Man in viral video of jeepney attack clears name

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 18, 2019   •   556

It’s not what everyone thought it was. A scene that looked like an attempted robbery, turned out to be a different story.

The man in the viral video, who was later identified as Jomar, was seen clinging outside a moving jeepney while reaching inside the vehicle trying to punch someone.

After seeing the video, netizens slammed Jomar for his actions and immediately alerted the Manila government.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso invited those involved in the incident, and Manila Police District Director Bgen. Bernabe Balba, to a press conference where it became clear that the scene was sparked by a personal feud.

Jomar allegedly was only helping his friend, Edison, whose wife got harassed by a man inside the jeepney along Taft Avenue last Sunday (November 17) afternoon.

Edison said they chased the man after he tried to escape.

“Nagtangka po siyang tumakas kaya sinugod na namin sa jeep (He tried to escape so we followed him inside the jeepney),” he said.

“Inunahan niya po kasi ako ng suntok kaya sinundan ko na rin ng suntok (He threw the first punch, so I punched him back)” Edison added.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso lauded the Manila Police District for their quick response to the incident. He also reminded Jomar and Edison to always trust the government in providing justice.

“Huwag niyong ilalagay sa kamay ninyo ang batas. Sumangguni kayo sa kapulisyahan, (Don’t put the law into your own hands. Trust the police),” he said.

“Sana muli ninyong pagkatiwalaan ang pulis at ang pamahalaan na magbibigay ng hustisya kapag kayo naagrabyado, (I hope you can again trust the police and the government in providing justice when an abuse is committed),” he added.—AAC

Authorities arrest student who posted fake abduction on social media

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 4, 2019

The Cebu Provincial Police has reported that they arrested 21-year-old student on Tuesday (December 3) for posting fake abductions by men in a white van on his social media.

Cebu provincial police director Colonel Roderick Mariano, on Wednesday (December 4), identified the fake news culprit as Brigs Granada Alvaro.

Mariano reported, Alvaro was arrested in their home in Sitio Taboc, Barangay Lo-oc, Danao City and was brought to the police station for investigation. He also said that the culprit has caused alarm to the public by posting fake news.

Danao City Police Chief Lieutenant Colonel Maribel Getigan said they are preparing the criminal case to be filed against Alvaro.

“We are preparing a criminal case for violation of the Revised Penal Code, particularly Alarm and Scandal in relation to (Cyber Crime Law), Section 6, Republic Act 10175,” Getigan said in a statement.

She also added that Alvaro was immediately turned over to the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) for psychological examination.

“He is up for psychological assessment whether or not he is on his normal state of mind,” she said.

Getigan also said that the minor admitted to posting the falsified news.

“Alvar voluntarily offered a statement that the post was a mere false story and his intention is to give warning only to those young adults who are always roaming around the city during night time,” she said.—AAC

Go Timor-Leste! Pinoy netizens cheer as the country vies for their first medal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 3, 2019

The Timor-Leste delegation enters the stage during the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan province, north of Manila, Philippines 30 November 2019.

We truly win as one.

There really is no limit to Filipinos’ love and support. Not only are they showing their heartwarming support to our local athletes in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, they also cheer for other countries.

In the recent medal tally as of December 3, 12:00 p.m., netizens cheered as the Philippines remains on top with a total of 78 medals (41 gold, 23 silver, 14 bronze).

Meanwhile, they also noticed Timor-Leste’s standing—the country has yet to win their first medal.

To show their support, netizens began cheering for Timor-Leste.

The SEA Games has not only proved the talents and skills of all Southeast Asian nations, it also showed the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie between the nations.—AAC

Deped on Tulfo issue: Teachers have the right to due process

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 25, 2019

Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo (L) and DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla

Teachers have the right to due process, according to the statement of the Department of Education (Deped) regarding the Tulfo issue.

Deped said the latest confrontation on the radio show of broadcaster Raffy Tulfo involving a teacher and a student’s guardians was a “move for on-the-spot compromise”.

During the episode, Tulfo discussed the complaint of a grandmother about a teacher who ‘mistreated’ her grandson after he allegedly failed to submit his report card.

A video footage shows the teacher sending the student out of the classroom to sit on a chair at the corridor. Tulfo gave the teacher two choices: resign from her office or face criminal charges against her. The teacher decided to resign which caused backlash from netizens.

“On the other hand, teachers are entitled to due process, which was not given to her during the program, especially since resignation from her job earlier than her intended retirement will have serious impact on her person and family,” the statement reads.

Deped also said that incidents of child abuse are not subject to compromise because the department “endeavors to provide proper forum to discuss the facts and issues that will resolve conflicts and concerns in a fair and humane manner.”

The regional and division offices of the education department is currently conducting an investigation on the incident. They also plan to conduct a dialogue with the media regarding handling issues involving teachers, students, and schools.

“We need the cooperation and coordination of all stakeholders to maintain and promote trust, respect and dignity of all learners, teachers, and administrators of schools,” according to Deped.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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