Police rule out terrorism in QC resto blast

Robie de Guzman   •   July 11, 2019   •   960

The blast that rocked a Korean restaurant in Quezon City early Thursday morning was not a terror attack, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said.

Police said an explosive went off at past 12:00 a.m. in front of a Korean restaurant in Scout Tuazon Street, Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City.

Authorities said no one was hurt in the incident, but two vehicles parked nearby sustained damages.

The explosion alarmed many residents in the area.

“May biglang sumabog diyan, may narinig kaming napakalakas na pagsabog. Pero wala naman kaming nakita na kahina-hinalang tao o ano man. Wala namang sasakyang umalis. Pero daanan talaga ‘yan. May mga dumadaan diyan,” said Lebanan Picardal who mans a consumer outpost near the blast site.

A police report cited witnesses who said a man wearing denim pants and a black shirt passed by and placed a suspicious item in the the area several moments before the explosion went off.

“Mayroon tayong witness na nagsasabi na casually na naglakad ‘yung ating suspek na lalaki,” said Police Lt. Col. Louise Benjie Tremor, commander of QCPD Kamuning Police Station.

“Siguro ‘yung kaniyang edad nasa 30 years old pataas siya at estimated na height ay 5’6” in height at iyon po ‘yung tinitingnan natin na nakasuot po siya ng black na t-shirt at maong,” Tremor added.

Although investigation is still ongoing, the QCPD has ruled out terrorism because the blast occurred while the restaurant was closed.

“Ina-assure natin sa publiko po na hindi ito terror attack na nangyari. So, kasi itong pinangyarihan naman, lahat nitong establishments at ‘yung mga adjacent establishment ay closed na sila,” Tremor said.

Authorities are yet to determine the possible motive and the suspect behind the incident. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

15 QC cops relieved from posts after Chinese detainees’ escape

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Wednesday said it has ordered 15 of its police officers to be relieved from their posts after six Chinese detainees escaped from their detention facility at Camp Caringal while under their watch.

QCPD director Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo ordered the relief of the said policemen assigned to the District Mobile Force Battalion for alleged violation of Article 224 of the Revised Penal Code or evasion through negligence.

Montejo said the police officers were also disarmed while the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group conducts an investigation into the incident.

Chinese nationals identified as Zhang Yi Xin, Ludong Jin, Song Qicheng, Lu Yinliang, Huang Yong Qiao, and Chen Bin bolted their detention facility on the night of June 22.

The six Chinese nationals were earlier arrested for syndicated estafa charges.

They were later traced and rearrested along Barangay Krus na Ligas in Quezon City on Tuesday. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Cop who shot ex-soldier may face administrative, criminal charges – QCPD

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A police officer who shot dead a retired soldier, believed to have been suffering from mental issues, during an altercation at a checkpoint may face criminal and administrative charges, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said.

QCPD director Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo said the police trainee, identified as Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo, is now being investigated for his action in the incident.

In a video that went viral on social media, a man can be heard arguing with police officers manning a checkpoint along Maligaya Drive in Barangay Pasong Putik in Quezon City. The incident occurred on Tuesday, April 21 at around 2 p.m.

The man was later identified as Winston Ragos, a former military officer who retired from service after he was diagnosed with a mental disorder. Earlier reports said that he was last assigned in the field during the Marawi siege.

The footage also showed Florendo pointing a gun at Ragos while other law enforcers asked him to surrender to authorities.

Ragos, however, did not heed their call, and instead faced the police officer and acted as if he was drawing something from his sling bag.

Montejo said Ragos’ action have prompted Florendo to shoot him twice.

The victim was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.

Based on initial investigation, Montejo said Ragos allegedly cussed at the policemen manning the checkpoint after he was told to head home for supposedly violating the enhanced community quarantine protocol.

Montejo said that based on initial information, it appears that Florendo only made a judgment call during the incident when Ragos acted to draw something from his bag.

Police claimed that Ragos was carrying a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber hand gun from his sling bag.

“Masasabi kasi nating ‘judgement call’ yung naging aksyon ng ating pulis laban sa suspek na armado din ng baril kaya nagawa niyang paputukan,” Montejo said.

Witnesses and the family of Ragos, however, claimed the victim was not armed during the confrontation.

With these conflicting claims, Montejo said an investigation is now being conducted on the case.

Florendo has surrendered his service firearm as he undergoes administrative probe.

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa has expressed sympathy to the bereaved family of Ragos, and assured a thorough investigation into the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

QCPD to pursue case vs residents who protested for aid despite QC mayor’s plea

Robie de Guzman   •   April 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Thursday said it will pursue the filing of charges against 21 individuals who were arrested for staging a rally to demand aid amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

The QCPD said the residents violated the Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the law on Response to Notifiable Diseases, Epidemics, and Health Events of Public Concern, Presidential Proclamation No. 922, and Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code for disobedience to persons in authority.

The QCPD said the 21 individuals will undergo inquest proceedings online on Friday.

“Sa ngayon po, ipa-file po natin ‘yung kaso laban sa kanila,” QCPD Spokesperson Police Lieutenant Johanna Sazon said.

The arrested individuals, who are residents of Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, were apparently part of dozens of protesters who formed a barricade along EDSA service road on Wednesday afternoon to appeal for assistance from the local government.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte earlier appealed to release the residents for humanitarian reasons.

But she assured she will abide by President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive not to tolerate any acts that are in violation of the law, especially amid the COVID-19 quarantine.

“I made an appeal for their release only for humanitarian reasons yesterday and this was duly noted but denied, and it is not my place to obstruct justice. I was told they were in clear violation of Republic Act #11469 otherwise known as the Bayanihan Heal As One Act,” Belmonte said in a statement.

“The directive of the President in his statement last night was very clear that acts such as those they allegedly committed will not be tolerated and therefore I fully abide,” she added.

The mayor earlier assured her constituents that there is a continuous distribution of relief packs.

Authorities also appealed for the public’s patience and understanding over the delayed movement of relief assistance. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)


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