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PNP honors cop in viral taho-throwing incident

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2019

PO1 William Cristobal receiving the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’ 

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde awarded PO1 William Cristobal with the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’  during the flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame on Monday (February 11).

PO1 Cristobal is the police officer who was splashed with a cup of taho (soy pudding) by Chinese national, Jiale Zhang, after he prohibited the latter from entering MRT Boni Station with the drink.

Cristobal called the attention of Zhang because of the station’s recent policy against bringing in drinks or any liquid following the bombings in Jolo, Sulu and the possible use of liquid bombs.

Albayalde said Cristobal demonstrated exemplary behavior during the incident.

Cristobal admitted feeling belittled after having a drink thrown at him.

The PNP chief called on foreign nationals visiting the country to respect the laws and regulations of the Philippines the same way that Filipinos observe the laws of other countries they visit.

The PNP chief added that the ban on liquids at MRT stations is no different from the ban of the same at airports, which is a part of the security measures against terrorism.

PO1 Cristobal has filed charges against Jiale Zhang including unjust vexation and disobedience of person in authority and direct assault.  — Lea Ylagan

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PNP-HPG says Makati to Cubao in 5 minutes is possible if…

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) on Monday said it is looking at several measures to meet the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte in reducing the travel time from Cubao in Quezon City to Makati City to five minutes.

PNP-HPG Director Brigadier General Robert Fajardo said that in order to comply with Duterte’s order to shorten the travel time, they are looking at closing down all bus terminals along Edsa, transferring all bus barriers and motorcycle lane to decongest Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.

“‘Yung motorcycle lane ay nasa fast lane, kaya imo-move natin ito dito sa pangatlong lane, para yung fast lane ay talagang mabilis, hindi nag-aagawan. At yung motorcycles hindi nakikipag-patintero sa mga sasakyan,” he said.

The President earlier said the travel time from Cubao to Makati will be shortened to five minutes by December.

According to Fajardo, the five-minute travel is possible during off-peak hours, adding that he completed the simulation from Guadalupe to Cubao within 4 minutes and 58 seconds.

The simulation was conducted early in the morning with a motorcycle escort.

“Wala namang sinabi si Presidente kung anong oras at anong araw so kaya,” he said.

When asked if the 5-minute travel is possible without a police escort, Fajardo said this may be done if motorists will travel around 1:00 a.m.

During the sidelines of the “Angkas Pilot Run” in Quezon City, Fajardo admitted to reporters that the chief executive’s directive was a tall order but they will do their best to help the government achieve its goal.

“We will try our best to comply with the orders of the president,” Fajardo said.

He also said they are now working with the MMDA and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in resolving heavy traffic along Edsa.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) earlier said that traveling from Cubao to Makati within 5-minutes is “mathematically impossible.” (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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Netizens elated by free rides at MRT, LRT 1 and 2

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Netizens are elated after availing the free rides offered by Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit (LRT-1) and LRT-2.

MRT-3, LRT-1 and 2 are offering free rides from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For some netizens who have to work on a holiday, the offer is a welcome consolation.

For others, it makes the celebration of Independence Day extra festive.

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RTC issues search warrant vs Kapa-Community Ministry International

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a search warrant against the Kapa-Community Ministry International in Tagum City.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) went to the office of the Kapa-Community Ministry International.

Authorities knocked several times, however, no one responded. The NBI then seized ID’s, logbooks, and other items in the office.

The police, meanwhile, continues to monitor other investment schemes in the Davao region.

“Na-monitor namin is around 39. Iyong 14 is allegedly nag-close upon monitoring namin that time ay bumalik dahil naka-secure daw sila ng permit, (We monitored 39 [investment schemes]. Fourteen already closed upon our monitoring that time. They went back because they said they havde already secured their permit)” according to Police Regional Office XI Spokesperson PMaj. Jason Baria.

President Rodrigo Duterte himself has ordered the shutdown of the Kapa-Community Ministry International and other investment schemes in Mindanao.

“There have been numerous complaints with the president, in fact, me too, I have been receiving complaints about certain people there that may have prompted the president from ordering,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had previously issued a cease and desist order against the religious firm but Kapa did not respond.(with reports from Janice Ingente)

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