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Police rescue kidnapped Japanese in Bulacan, 3 suspect arrested

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

The three suspects arrested by the Anti-Kidnapping Group of the Philippine National Police for kidnapping a Japanese national

The PNP Anti Kidnaping Group (PNP-AKG) rescued a Japanese national in Plaridel, Bulacan last April 5.

The victim identified as Yuji Nakajima arrived in the country last March 22 with another Japanese national identified as Yusuke Obara.

Obara brought Nakijima to the country in order to pay his debts by working for him.

On the same day, two men went to the hotel in Manila where Nakajima was staying at and invited him to come with them after talking with Obara on the phone.

Nakajima was not aware he was a victim of kidnapping. Involved in the crime were Obara, a certain Miyashita Takashi and two Filipinos identified as Roberto and Reggie Reyes.

The suspects’ plan of seeking ransom from the victim’s relatives in Japan was halted after the incident was reported to the police by a relative of the Reyes siblings.

With this, the PNP–Anti Kidnapping Group rescued Nakajima at a drug store in Plaridel, Bulacan.

The following morning the police unit arrested Miyashita Takashi in Parañaque and the Reyes siblings in Pasig City.

Authorities seized from the suspects a passport, various cards of the victim, a .45 caliber gun, and ammunition.

“Two are still at large. One is a Filipino, and the other is Yusuke Obara who is being pursued by the Japanese police,” said PSSupt. Glen Dumlao, director of PNP-AKG.

The three arrested suspects are facing charges of serious illegal detention and violation of Republic Act 10591 or the comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Dams in Bulacan reached spilling level, submerged several towns

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Raging waters spill over Bulacan dams as water levels rose due to non-stop rain during the weekend. 

 

BULACAN, Philippines – Water level in Ipo and Bustos Dams in Bulacan has reached spilling level, prompting authorities to open gates.

Over the weekend, the water level at Ipo Dam reached 101.13 meters, higher by .13 meter than its spilling level of 101 meters while the water level at Bustos Dam hit 17.52 meters, a .02-meter more than its spilling level of 17.50 meters.

The Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said Ipo Dam opened its radial gate 1 while Bustos Dam opened 1 and 2 sluice gates on Saturday.

As of Monday morning (August 13), the radial gate of Bustos Dam was fully opened and already released over 1,500 cms of water, according to the PDRRMO.

Villages in the towns of Hagonoy and Bulakan were the most affected of the release and again submerged with waters due to the overflowing of rivers.

The PDRRMO said at least 31 villages in Bulacan were inundated by the monsoon rains that prompted the provincial government to place rescue teams on alert in flooded areas particularly in Calumpit, Marilao, and Meycauayan.

Meanwhile, the release of water brought pressure to the ongoing construction of Bustos bridge.

The incident prompted the closure of the bridge to all kinds of vehicles heading from Bustos to the town of Baliuag. – Nestor Torres / Marje Pelayo

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3 suspects in murder of Australian national nabbed in Bulacan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

 

After a 24-hour manhunt, PNP-Bulacan has arrested the three suspects in the killing of an Australian national who was stabbed with a kitchen knife in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Guiguinto, Bulacan on Tuesday night (August 7).

The suspects were identified as Joan Canyete, the victim’s live-in partner and alleged mastermind; Canyete’s aunt, Linda Acosta, and construction worker, Romie Soriano who purportedly served as the hitman.

Based on police investigation the 67-year-old victim, Wai Tsang Ming, withdrew P3.5 million to redeem Canyete’s pawned house under the condition that she must vacate it so new residents can move in.

“Ito po ay mukhang sinet up at patayin dahil sa malaking halaga na involve…Dahil sa pera, para narin yung property ay hindi na matuluyan na maibenta,”said Bulacan Provincial Director Pssupt Chito Galvez Bersaluna.

(It looks like a set-up based on the large amount of money involved…and also to prevent the sale of the property.)

Canyete allegedly asked her aunt to look for a hitman to kill the victim.

Acosta, 61, called her niece a liar and urged her to confess to the crime.

“Sa totoo lang, ‘nak huwag kang magsisinungaling. Magsasabi ka anak ng totoo. Ako inosente ako. Dapat di mo ko dinadamay sa ganyan. Napag-utusan mo ako. Ako bilang tiyahin mo, ala akong magagawa kasi parehas tayong naiipit,” Acosta said.

(Don’t lie. Speak the truth. I’m innocent. Don’t drag me into this. You were the one who ordered me. As your aunt I can’t do anything because we’re both under pressure.)

Canyete strongly denied the accusations against her, saying she has no involvement in the killing of the victim.

“Wala po akong alam. Wala pa akong inutusang tao. Di ko po alam. Talk to my lawyer,” she said.

(I don’t know anything. I did not order anyone. Talk to my lawyer.)

Alleged hitman, Romie Soriano, 52, admitted to stabbing the victim in different parts of his body.

He said he only agreed to the crime because of his four children who were sick.

However, he was dismayed after the two failed to pay the agreed P40,000 for the murder.

“Magpapangap lang akong kapatid niya, para matira ko na yung tao. Ito may sabi na P40,000 ibibigay sa akin. Masakit sa loob dahil di maganda ala naman. Joan, umamin ka na sa ginagawa mong kamalian dahil ako nadadamay ako,” Soriano said.

(I was supposed to pretend to be her brother so that I can get to the victim. She promised me P40,000. It hurts because I never got paid and things ended badly. Joan, confess to the crime because I’m being dragged into it.)

The three suspects are currently facing murder charges. Authorities are also investigating Joan’s boyfriend in relation to the killing. — Nestor Torres

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DOTr starts operating P2P buses en route from Bulacan to QC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A Point-to-Point (P2P) bus commissioned by the Department of Transportation

BULACAN, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has started the mobilization of point-to-point (P2P) buses en route Bulacan to Quezon City to ease commuter problems.

A total of thirty (30) P2P buses have started moving from Sta. Maria and Malolos terminals to North Avenue in Quezon City.

The buses are equipped with CCTV camera, free Wi-Fi service and air conditioning unit. They are also PWD-friendly as they are equipped with a platform to assist persons with disability (PWD) or wheelchair-bound passengers.

Ordinary buses charge P40 per passenger from Sta. Maria to North Avenue. P2P buses charge P70 per passenger and a discounted price of P56 for senior citizens. Though slightly expensive, passengers said they prefer the convenience they get from availing the P2P bus service.

“Napakaginhawa pagsakay namin ditto, pagbaba doon na sa pupuntahan. Ang kaibahan ay napakalamig, maluwag, hindi siksikan na gaya ng pagsakay namin sa ibang bus,” said passenger Lourdes del Rosario, a senior citizen.

LTFRB’s Atty. Aileen Lizada explained, “Ang end objective naman natin dito ay ang riding public. Ang computation nito per kilometer is four pesos pero makikita ninyo, worth it na ang pera ninyo. Mayroong Wi-Fi. You are very safe. Seats can recline. You are very comfortable on your ride.”

P2P buses en route Bulacan to North Avenue are available Mondays to Saturdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Operations from North Avenue to Malolos or Sta. Maria in Bulacan start at 7:00 a.m. t0 10:00 p.m. – Gerry Galicia / Marje Pelayo

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