PISTON’s San Mateo posts bail after arrest in Quezon City
UNTV News • December 6, 2017 • 3780
MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City policemen forcibly arrested transport group Piston President George San Mateo in connection with the case filed against him by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The LTFRB filed the case against the transport group leader over his organization and leading of a transport strike last February.
San Mateo and his colleagues were in front of the QC Hall of Justice where he was supposed to post bail for allegedly violating Section 20 of the Commonwealth Act 146 or Public Service Act when QCPD cops blocked him.
He was then forcibly taken and brought to the QCPD Station 10 along EDSA,Kamuning.
Upon their arrival at the precinct, San Mateo underwent booking process which included a medical examination and taking of mugshot.
Afterwards, the cops brought him to the QC Metropolitan Trial Court branch 43 to post bail.
According to San Mateo’s lawyer, Atty. VJ Topacio, they were shocked by the sudden arrest of his client.
Topacio explained that San Mateo already paid P4,000 bail at the cashier of the Quezon City Hall of Justice and that he just needed to personally appear before the court to complete the process of posting bail.
“Matter of right yung bail niya dito dahil ito ay isang minor offense. Kung sa ibang lugar siya naaresto masasabi ko pang legitimate yung arrest, pero ito sa harap ng korte mismo,” Topacio said.
(His bail is a matter of right because it’s a minor offense. If he had been arrested in a different location, it could be considered a legitimate arrest. But this was one was conducted in front of the court.)
San Mateo, meanwhile, calls the incident as a form of harassment.
“Ang gusto talaga nila dito ibuyangyang ako sa harap ng taumbayan, at yung mga driver at operator eh matakot silang lumaban,” San Mateo said.
(What they really want is to show me off to the public and scare the drivers and operators from opposing.)
The Philippine National Police (PNP), on the other hand, stands firm that what its men did is in accordance with the law, and that they did not violate the rights of San Mateo.
“Existing yung warrant niya (he has an existing warrant). As a police officer, we have to act on the police warrant of arrest. Ang kapulisan umakto lang dun sa pinaguutos ng batas (the police just acted on the directives of the law),” QCPD Stn 10 P/Supt. Christian dela Cruz said.
After completing the documents, the court immediately issued a release order for the temporary freedom of San Mateo.
Meanwhile, Malacañang has once again emphasized that it never prohibits anyone of airing their concerns, but insists doing so should be in accordance with the law.
“It sends the message that if you violate the law, you will be prosecuted by authorities. That is the duty of the state,” Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque said. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday said he has ordered a thorough investigation into the killing of a business owner in Quezon City.
In a statement, Eleazar said he has tasked the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) to delve into the case and determine the true motive in the fatal shooting of salon owner and former journalist Gwen Salamida.
“Lahat ng anggulo ay ating titingnan upang malaman ang tunay na motibo sa krimen at madakip ang salarin,” he said.
Salamida was shot dead by a gunman inside her beauty salon in Quezon City. Her companion was also shot and is in critical condition.
Police investigators are initially eyeing robbery as the motive behind the killing, the PNP said.
Eleazar has expressed sympathy to the family of the victim and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“I am also directing all police offices and units to sustain anti-criminality operations and to be on alert for criminals who would take advantage of the pandemic,” he said.
“We need to ensure that the public is not only safe from coronavirus infection but also safe from lawless elements,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police Chief General Guillermo Eleazar relieved Lt. Col. Christine Tabdi from his post as Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 3 commander.
This, after the controversial deployment of police personnel to the sixth state of the nation address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte pending the results of their RT-PCR tests which later yielded COVID-positive results.
“Inutos ko na ang administrative relief ng station commander ng QCPD station o Talipapa Police Station dahil sa command responsibility,” Eleazar said.
“Iniimbestigahan na natin ang maaaring paglabag sa ipinatutupad naming protocol sa mga PNP personnel habang naghihintay ng resulta ng RT/PCR test,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mayor Joy Belmonte said all cops responsible for the said deployment of infected police will face charges for violating the standard health protocols.
“That is punishable under RA 11332, and however the city government we do not have the disciplinary jurisdiction over the Quezon City Police District, that’s why I believe the Chief PNP Guillermo Eleazar should address being their superior.”
Tabdi earlier explained that none of those cops who tested positive had no contact with other individuals since they were assigned in route security.
However, QCPD Director PBgen. Antonio Yarra confirmed that apart from route security, the said cops were also deployed to the UP Techno Hub on Monday as among the Civil Disturbance Management Team.
“Iyong meron lang engagement doon yung assigned in front of the Techno Hub. Iyong ating mga civil disturbance management personnel na assign dyan, gaya ng sinabi ko 41 of the Station 3,” Yarra said.
Meanwhile, Belmonte explained why the results of the tests were delayed for days.
“The molecular laboratory of the Quezon City can only handle a thousand sample a day so yung mabilis overnight nagagawa namin yan pero since we get four thousand a day already, the rest we have to submit to the Philippine Red Cross and that takes a while,” she said.
Currently, the PNP is focused on the contact tracing and swab testing of those who had close contact with the 51 COVID-positive cops. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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