PNP names Ormoc, Cotabato, Puerto Princesa safest cities in PH
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Ormoc City was named the safest city in the country based on research conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Research and Analysis Center for the first quarter of 2018.
Ormoc City in Leyte Province recorded only 134 crime incidents followed by Cotabato City in Maguindanao and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan with 220 and 227, respectively.
PSSupt. Noel Sandoval, Chief of the PNP’s Crime Research and Analysis Center, believes one factor that contributes to the low crime rate in the said areas is the active involvement of police and residents within the community.
“Nare-record kase nag-report sa pulis. Pero kung hindi sila nagpunta sa pulis, hindi sila mare-record,” Sandoval said.
(They report [crimes] to the police that’s why it gets recorded. If they don’t go to the police, there would be no record of the crime.)
Meanwhile, Quezon City has the highest number of crimes with 12,252 in the first quarter of the year. Manila followed next with 7,066 and Cebu with 3,703. Sandoval said the higher crime rate is expected in cities with a greater population.
“Mas maraming crime incident na nangyayari sa isang lugar na mas mataas ang population kasi nga maraming tao. Mas malaki ang crime opportunity ng mga criminal,” Sandoval said.
(Incidence of crime is higher in densely populated areas. Criminals have bigger crime opportunities.)
Based on the record, Quezon City has the least number of solved crime cases at only 43.08% followed by Manila at 50.41% and Malabon at 51.05%.
Sandoval said they will send reminders to police officers in areas with the higher crime rate and order them to take actions on the matter. –Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Two suspected drug peddlers led police on a chase through a market in Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City during a buy-bust operation early Tuesday morning (May 21).
Operatives of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Batasan Police Station in Quezon City launched the intel-driven anti-illegal drug operation, targeting a certain alias Toto.
But while the illegal sale of drugs was being executed, the two other drug sellers who came with Toto, identified as Rey Mercano and Mojahed Tahir, sensed that they were dealing with cops.
This led to a confrontation, with Mercano and Tahir taking off while alias Toto managed to evade arrest.
“Na-consummate po ‘yung palitan ng droga kaso lang nung nalaman nung mga suspek na pulis pala ‘yung katransaksyon nila, bali nagpaputok po ‘yung may 3-2 (baril), si alyas Toto,” said Police Lt. Harry Basilla, chief of Intel/Drug Enforcement Unit of the Batasan Police Station.
Mercano and Tahir tried to get away from cops while on board a vehicle but were later apprehended along Tandang Sora Avenue.
The pursuit ended when the tires of the suspects’ getaway vehicle were busted by bullets fired by police officers.
“Makikipagkita daw po kami. Tapos yun po, makikipagkita kami sa kukuha niyan, ng drugs, ta’s ‘yun po tapos bigla pong dumating yung mga pulis. Bigla pong natakot po kami, nataranta po kami sir eh. Tumakbo po kami hanggang dito po kami umabot,” Mercano said.
Recovered from the suspected were eight grams of suspected shabu estimated to be worth P54,000.
Mercano and Tahir will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
A manhunt operation has been launched for alias Toto. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Residents in 20 areas in Quezon City will experience a seven-hour water service interruption starting Friday night, the Manila Water Co. announced on Monday.
The water distributor said this is due to relocation of major pipelines along Elliptical Road.
“More than 242,000 population in 20 barangays in Quezon City will experience water service interruption as Manila Water relocates its major pipeline at the corner of Elliptical Road and North Avenue to make way for the construction of the MRT 7,” it said in an advisory.
The water service interruption will be implemented from 11 p.m. on May 24 (Friday) to 6 a.m. on May 25 (Saturday).
Affected areas are as follows:
Old Capitol Site
Teachers Village East
Teachers Village West
Manila Water advised affected residents to store enough water as some of these areas may still experience service interruptions even after the restoration due to limited water supply.
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) admitted that vote buying was rampant in the recently concluded midterm polls.
As proof, authorities were able to seize more than P12 million from a total of 449 violators over the course of the election.
“Lahat ng nakumpiskang pera ay magsisilbing ebidensya laban sa mga na-apprehend natin na violators,” said PNP Spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.
(All cash confiscated will serve as evidence against the apprehended violators.)
The highest amount seized was in Caraga region amounting to almost P8 million.
Other areas with the most number of vote buying incidents were Northern Mindanao with more than P1 million seized followed by Cagayan Valley (P561,000); Metro Manila (P541,100); and Bicol Region (P449,080).
From the 449 violators, a total of 356 were arrested, 85 persons evaded arrest while eight minors were rescued.
Most of the violators were from Metro Manila, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM); and from Regions 4a and 6.
“Wala pa tayong na-apprehend ngayon na nakakulong na sa vote buying dahil ang mga suspects at violators ay na-release for further investigation,” Banac said.
(None of those apprehended for vote buying were detailed because the suspects or violators were later released for further investigation.)
Appropriate charges were filed against the suspects for violation of the Omnibus Election Code.
If proven guilty, they will serve one up to six years jail term and in case of election candidates, they will be disqualified from holding public office.
The PNP is also looking into the possibility of using drug money in vote buying. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo
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