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Passenger influx expected at bus terminals ahead of May 13 polls

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

Passenger flock to the Araneta Center Bus Port days three days before the 2018 midterm elections

Thousands of passengers bound for provinces are expected at the Araneta Center Bus Port in Cubao, Quezon City as the day of the midterm national and local elections approaches.

According to the bus port management, they are expecting the arrival of more than 8,000 passengers on Friday to secure tickets going to their respective provinces to cast their votes on May 13 (Monday) polls.

Passengers going to provinces for the election day are reminded to go to the terminal early and to travel light.

“Doon po sa mga hahabol pong pasahero mangyari lamang agahan na po nila ang pagpunta dito sa ating bus station at ganoon din sa ating bus port,” said Ramon Legazpi, Manager of Araneta Center Bus Station.

“Mangyari ay limitahan rin po nila iyong kanilang mga bagahe para hindi rin ito maging cause ng pagkakaantala ng biyahe ng mga bus,” he added.

Among the passengers who are trying to catch a ride home in time for the midterm polls is Evelyn Atazar. She is facing a 12-hour bus ride from Metro Manila to Masbate.

Although the travel towards home is long, bumpy and tiring, Atazar said, she is prepared to endure it in order to exercise her right to suffrage come Monday.

“Mahirap po ‘pag umuulan maputik, iyon ang ano namin sa barangay namin. Bundok talaga,” she added.

Some passengers, on the other hand, complained of longer bus intervals and congested waiting areas at the terminal due to the influx of passengers.

“Ngayon talaga ang hirap sumakay. Hindi nga namin alam kung makakasakay talaga kami kasi wala pang bus. Parating pa lang,” a passenger named Lydia Laurino said.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) called on taxi drivers to follow traffic rules, particularly the one that prohibits the loading and unloading of passengers at the terminal.

“Sinasabi na namin, ‘yung mga karatula basang basa na nila iyan. Kitang kita nila. Ayaw lang nila sundin. Nakikiusap kami kung pwede sana sumunod na lang sa panuntunan ng batas trapiko. Wag nang magdahilan,” said Bong Nebrija, the head of MMDA Edsa Traffic.

The MMDA earlier announced that the number coding scheme for provincial buses will be lifted on May 10 (Friday) and May 14 (Tuesday) to accommodate commuters who will go to their provinces to vote for the midterm polls.

READ: MMDA suspends number coding for provincial bus on May 10, 14

Nebrija said they are expecting heavy traffic along Edsa on Friday due to the lifting of the number coding scheme and last-minute campaigns of political parties and candidates. (with details from Mai Bermudez)

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DPWH Secretary says 5-minute Cubao-Makati travel time possible

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has said that the 5-minute travel time from Cubao to Makati can be done.

Villar explained that major road projects in Metro Manila which are set to be opened will help in making the 5-minute travel time possible.

These projects include Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project, NLEX Harbor Link, and C5 South Link Expressway which are expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Villar said 200,000 vehicles would need to be taken out in order to reduce traffic along EDSA.

“To revert back to a level of traffic when we finish the Skyway Project it will reduce traffic by 100,000 vehicles. When the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) Harbor Link connector is completed it will minimize 50,000 vehicles. When C-6 is finished we reduce another 50,000,” he said.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has recorded around 400,000 vehicles traversing EDSA everyday which exceeds its capacity of 288,000 vehicles.

Meanwhile, aside from the DPWH, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group also thinks the 5-minute travel time is possible especially when traffic laws will be strictly implemented.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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4 cops nabbed for gambling, drinking in public

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The newly established Philippine National Police (PNP) Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) nabbed four policemen caught in the act of gambling and drinking liquor in public in Barangay Lipunan, Cubao.

The suspects were identified as Police Staff Sergeant Erwin Gobis; Police Senior Master Sergeant Demetrio Laroya; Police Corporal Ariel Pasion, all assigned at the PNP Health Service in Camp Crame and Police Staff Sergeant Gerry Ocampo of the PNP Crime Laboratory.

Aside from the four, other personalities arrested were Leo Ocinar, a non-uniformed personnel; former cop Fidel Agustin; and Teddy Carpio, the owner of the establishment that operates an online derby.

Authorities recovered more than P14,000 gambling money, two television sets, digital video recorder, betting ticket, two digital boxes and 23 bottles of intoxicating liquor.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde admitted that despite their constant reminder and warning, there are still erring cops who choose to participate in illegal activities.

“Ito ang sinasabi natin sa mga pulis na matitigas ang ulo (This is what we warned hard-headed cops about). As we’ve said, we will not relent on this program and we will show no mercy on this people,” Albayalde said.

The arrested cops are facing charges for violating Presidential Decree 1603 and for drinking alcohol in public.

“We are dead serious in our campaign against scalawags at saka yung pagtaas ng antas ng disiplina ng aming organisasyon, (to upgrade the level of discipline within our organization),” the PNP Chief stressed. (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Security guard, two other drug suspects nabbed in QC

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019

Three alleged drug peddlers who were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay San Roque, Cubao, Quezon City on Sunday night (May 26, 2019)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Three individuals including a security guard were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay San Roque, Cubao, Quezon City on Sunday evening (May 26).

According to Police Capt. Ramon Aquiatan Jr., an informant tipped them about the illegal drug operations in the area where 30-year-old Rayan Timan was allegedly a known drug peddler.

He was operating together with two drug surrenders, Roel Viernes alias Balot and Aldyn Ramos who were also arrested in the operation.

“Itong si Timan ang talagang pinaka-source ng dalawa kasi itong si Balot, itong si Roel, ay parang runner niya. Pagka may bumibili doon sa guwardiya, si Balot ang nagtatakbo,” Aquiatan said.

(Timan was the main source [of drugs] while alias Balot or Roel served as his runner. When a customer buys from the guard, Balot handles the transaction.)

Authorities seized about four grams of suspected shabu from the suspects with a street value of P27,000.

The suspects will face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Meanwhile, the public is encouraged to report any suspicious activities in their area through the Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline Number 117. — Marje Pelayo (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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