Police raid prostitution den in Makati; rescued 35 sex workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2019   •   1196

The Makati police on Monday (October 7) evening raided a hotel in Makati that was used as a prostitution den.

Authorities raided Maxx Hotel after confirming reports about illegal sexual activities in the establishment.

They also rescued 35 Chinese nationals who are believed to be victims of human trafficking.

The Makati Police seized various sex paraphernalia and arrested 21 Chinese nationals who were reported to be customers.

Authorities also arrested 10 Filipino employees.

According to Makati City Police Station Chief of Police PCol. Rogelio Simon, the prostitution den also operates online.

“Pwede kang mag-walk-in dito o ‘di kaya iyong ginagawa nila through online transaction (You can just walk in here or through online transaction),” he said.

This is the fourth raid in two months that involved Chinese nationals.

Arrested individuals will face charges for violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

The establishment might also be closed due to the violations involving illegal operations of Chinese nationals.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

50 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal POGO operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 7, 2020

Fifty Chinese nationals were arrested by the Makati City Police on Monday (July 6) for working in an illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) firm.

The Makati City Police conducted an operation in Barangay Pio del Pilar after receiving complaints from residents about an illegal gambling operation.

NCRPO director Police MGen. Debold Sinas said various electronic devices including laptop computers, cellphones, and wifi routers were seized in the operation.

The arrested Chinese nationals will face various charges, such as violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, violation of RA 10176, and violation of article 515 in relation to RA 11332, as well as the city’s general community quarantine guidelines. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Portion of Makati condominium building collapses

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A portion of a condominium building in Makati City collapsed on Thursday morning, April 30.

In a report, the Makati City Police said a slab of the mezzanine floor of SM Jazz Mall Tower D, located along Nicanor Garcia Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Makati City, collapsed around 11 a.m.

Makati City Police chief Police Colonel Rogelio Simon said no one was reported injured and only cars parked in front of the mall building were damaged by falling debris.

“From there gumuho yung portion niya, bumagsak sa baba tapos may tinamaan na mga sasakyan. Luckily, wala tayong recorded na namatay o kaya injured sa area dahil ‘yung pinagbagsakan is the entrance ng mall mga private property,” he said.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the SM Development Corporation (SMDC) said that the “façade wall of the parking level at Jazz Mall sustained damage that caused its outer slab to collapse to the driveway.”

“As of this posting no serious casualties were reported,” it added.

The SMDC said that as a safety precaution, residents have been directed to stay near Metropolitan Avenue.

Residents of all four towers of SM Jazz residences were evacuated following the incident.

Members of the Makati City Bomb Disposal Team also went to the scene following reports of what sounded like an explosion coming from the area. However, they found no traces of bomb after conducting an inspection.

Simon said the investigation into the incident is underway.

“On going pa ‘yung mga gathering information natin kung ano ang nangyari,” he said.

They have also formed a team that will do a walk-through inside Tower D to determine its structural integrity.

“Mayroon na tayong initial ang sabi nila days before may mga residents doon sa portion na ‘yun may naririnig ng parang lumalagitik na bakal, mga yero parang mga ganun pero hindi nila pinansin ‘yun,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

Raps filed vs foreigner involved in clash with cop in Makati village

Robie de Guzman   •   April 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Makati City Police on Tuesday said it has filed multiple complaints against Spanish national Javier Parra, who clashed with a cop in a village in Makati City over the weekend.

Makati City Police chief Police Colonel Rogelio Simon said they lodged the complaints against Parra before the Makati City Prosecutors Office.

“Nakapag-file tayo ng direct assault, resistance and disobedience in a person in authority, unjust vexation, violation ng Republic Act 11332 particularly in Sec.9e ng Bayanihan Act at yung City Ordinance 2020 089 for not wearing face mask,” he said.

Simon said they are also coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration for Parra’s possible deportation.

The complaints against the Spanish national stemmed from his confrontation with a police officer, Police Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona, outside his house in Dasmariñas Village on April 26.

Madrona was conducting a patrol in the village, together with Bantay Bayan personnel Esteban Gaan when he noticed Parra’s house helper, Cherilyn Escalante, watering the plants outside without wearing a face mask.

Madrona claimed he politely approached and advised the maid to wear a face mask for her safety.

The helper then went inside the house, but minutes later, Parra and his wife, Abegail Salvador went out of their residence and confronted the police officer.

In the now viral video, Parra can be seen and heard throwing foul words at the cop, and supposedly lectured him on how to implement the quarantine protocols.

The foreigner also allegedly shouted at Madrona to get off his property.

The cop tried to arrest the furious foreigner, but Parra evaded and went inside his house.

The Philippine National Police has ordered an investigation into the matter.

Meanwhile, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año expressed support for Madrona, saying he was just doing his job when he tried to arrest Parra.

In the video, Parra was seen not wearing a shirt and was said to be drunk when he confronted the police officer.

Suportado natin yan (We support it). The police did the right thing. Yung lumabas ka na sa kalsada, kahit private subdivision yan, public area yan (When you go out into the street, even if it’s in a private subdivision, it’s considered public area). It serves the public,” Año said in a statement. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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