PH Telcos asked to suspend mobile services for Trasclacion event in Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   January 8, 2020   •   1486

The Black Nazarene enters the Quiapo Church after a near 23-hour procession through Manila, Philippines, 10 January 2017. The feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the most celebrated religious events in the predominantly Catholic Philippines, where more than 80 per cent of the population professes the faith. The wooden statue, crowned with thorns and bearing a cross, is believed to have been brought from Mexico to Manila in 1606 by Spanish missionaries. The ship that carried it caught fire, but the charred statue survived and was named the Black Nazarene.

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) have asked the two major local telecommunications company to suspend mobile phone services in select areas during the yearly Traslacion in Quiapo being observed by the Catholic community in the country.

In a memorandum, the NCRPO and the NTC directed the Smart Communications Inc. and Globe Telecom to temporarily shut down services starting on January 8 at 11 p.m. until 12 noon on January 10 in select areas.

“In view of the request of Police Brigadier General Debold Sinas, you are hereby directed to temporarily cut off all network services during the celebration of the feast of Black Nazarene 2020 from 11:00 p.m. January 8 to 12:00 noon January 10, 2020,” the memo read.

“There shall be no signal, direct and/or reflected, in the area specified in the order/directive, coming from any cell sites (base stations),” it added.

In compliance to the directive, Smart Communications posted an advisory on Facebook stating areas which will be affected by the temporary network service shutdown.

“In the interest of public safety, upon the instructions of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), we are temporarily shutting down mobile phone services of Smart, TNT, and Sun in Quiapo, Manila along the route of the Black Nazarene Procession starting Wednesday, 08 January 2020,” it said.

“We are also temporarily stopping the operation of some of our cell sites in parts of Pasay, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Malabon, Caloocan and Quezon City that are near the procession route,” it added.

The company assured its subscribers that services will be restored as soon as it gets a go-signal from the authorities.

Globe Telecom has yet to respond to the memo.

The Traslacion event held every January 9 draws thousands of Catholic devotees to Quiapo, enduring hours of walk for the procession.

More than 13,000 police officers will be deployed to the event to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the procession.

Authorities have also implemented a suspension of permit to carry firearms outside of residence in Manila starting 8 a.m. January 7 until 8 a.m. January 10.

The gun ban covers Quiapo, Sta. Cruz and Binondo areas in Manila.

Only on duty policemen and other members of the law enforcement agencies are allowed to bring their service firearms in the said areas.

Road closures will also be implemented along the Traslacion route.

Classes in schools and work in offices under Manila City government have also been suspended in anticipation of the large volume of Catholic devotees who will participate in the event. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

NCRPO in favor of placing Metro Manila under MGCQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said it is in favor of relaxing the quarantine classification in Metro Manila from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Vicente Danao Jr., this is to ease the load of police officers who have been monitoring quarantine controlled points for almost one year.

It could be a very very welcome development for all of us at least. Siguro nakikita ng taas na nako-kontrol na natin ang virus. Hopefully, as long as hindi po natin maba-violate ang basic health protocols (Maybe the higher-ups are seeing we are controlling the virus. Hopefully, as long as we do not violate the basic health protocols),” he said.

Aside from this, easing the quarantine classification can also help them in focusing more on their anti-illegal drugs, anti-criminality, and anti-terrorism campaign.

Meanwhile, Danao also reiterated that the public should still follow the minimum health and safety protocols.

“Let us be responsible enough to really, follow the basic like wearing a facemask, face shield, social distancing,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Police to present additional evidence in Dacera case hearing on Jan. 27 – NCRPO

Robie de Guzman   •   January 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Police investigators will submit additional pieces of evidence before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office as it resumes Wednesday the preliminary investigation into the death of Christine Dacera, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Tuesday.

“Tomorrow is 27. We will be submitting all available evidence. Sana lang ma-appreciate ng fiscal for finally filing the information against the suspects. Kung wala naman eh definitely, the case will be dismissed,” NCRPO chief Major General Vicent Danao Jr. said.

Danao, however, refused to provide details on the matter.

The NCRPO chief also did not specify whether he has implemented the directive of PNP chief General Debold Sinas to relieve the head of the Makati Police and other police officers due to possible liability in the handling of Dacera’s case.

The PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) earlier recommended the relief of Makati Police chief Harold Depositar, two investigators of the case, and a medico-legal officer pending the investigation on their possible negligence and lapses in handling the case.

The preliminary investigation of Dacera’s case initially began on Jan. 13 but it was moved to Jan. 27 at the PNP’s request as it still awaits the results of forensic tests conducted on Dacera’s remains.

Seven of the 11 respondents to the case attended the initial preliminary investigation.

Dacera was found unconscious in the bathtub of a room in Makati hotel on January 1 after a night of partying with some friends. She was rushed to a hospital where she was declared dead.

Initial autopsy stated that Dacera’s cause of death was ruptured aortic aneurysm. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Police arrest rebel leader wanted for murder

Maris Federez   •   January 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (PNP-CIDG) operatives have captured another ranking rebel leader, Allan Morales, who is wanted by the court to stand trial for murder.

In an advisory, the PNP Public Information Office said that the operation was under the instruction of PNP chief, PGen. Debold M Sinas to “intensify the implementation of court processes against CPP-NPA-NDF personalities wanted by the law for criminal cases.”

The move was also in support to Executive Order No. 70 creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

The PNP said Morales, who uses the aliases Joseph Erwin Rimando, Alvin Advincula, Budlat and Dante Morales, was arrested by a composite police-military team led by CIDG, NCRPO and JTF-NCR in Saphire Street, Brgy. Payatas B, Quezon City at 12:00 noon on Wednesday (January 6).

The arresting team served a Warrant of Arrest issued by Tagbilaran City RTC Branch 4 presiding judge Sisinio C. Virtudazo for the crime of murder.

Based on the reports by CIDG Director, PMGen. Joel Napoleon Coronel, authorities have confiscated from Morales the following:

  • eight barrel assemblies for M4 assault rifle;
  • one fragmentation hand grenade;
  • one KG9 9mm submachine gun with one magazine and 22 pieces of 9mm ammunition; and
  • one caliber .45 pistol with on magazine assembly loaded with seven rounds of cal.45.

Morales is the Deputy Secretary of the Regional Committee of the Negros-Cebu-Bohol-Siquijor (NCBS) Regional Committee of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

He is formerly the Secretary of Regional Peasant Sugar Workers Bureau (RPSWB) of Negros, a former Secretary of Regional Committee for Central Visayas, and a former Secretary of the National Youth Student Bureau.

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