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.)
Seven individuals suspected of dealing drugs, including a police asset and a pregnant woman, were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted in Quezon City on Thursday morning.
In an operation launched in Luzon Avenue in Pasong Tamo around 2 a.m., members of the Quezon City Police District nabbed two drug suspects who were former detainees charged with drug selling and possession. They were both released from jail last June 6.
Two others, including a five-month pregnant woman, were also arrested at the scene.
Seized from them were 10 grams of suspected shabu estimated to be worth P68,000, a weighing scale and other drug paraphernalia.
Shortly after the said operation in Luzon avenue, authorities then swooped in on another area in the corners of Tandang Sora and Congressional Avenue extension which yielded the arrest of three individuals.
The suspects include a police asset who helped police in a previous drug buy-bust operation.
Seized from them were several plastic sachets of suspected shabu.
All suspects are now facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
The Quezon City Police District (QPD) conducted a bomb explosion drill on Tuesday (April 9).
Authorities showed the necessary actions to be taken in case there is an explosion in the area.
The police immediately put a barricade tape around the area and removed the crowd while the rescue teams responded to the victims of the explosion.
A member of the bomb squad approached another suspicious item that might also contain another bomb.
According to QPD District Director P/Bgen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., they will also conduct inspections in terminals.
“I think bukas o makalawa magko-conduct naman kami ng aming inspections sa mga terminal. Ito rin iyong may pinakamalaking terminal. Mayroon na rin kaming security plan para sa ano and I think we’ll have a press briefing on Monday, ‘yung preparation naman namin sa semana santa, (I think tomorrow, we will conduct inspections at some of the largest terminals. We already have a security plan for the long holiday)” he said.
Authorities remind passengers not to bring any firearms or deadly weapons especially when the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has imposed a gun ban due to the midterm elections.
For any complaints or emergencies, concerned individuals can contact the PNP or other government agencies.
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National Capital Region Police Office: 0915-888-8181 or 0999-901-8181
Department of Transportation: 7890
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board: 1342
Meanwhile, based on the data of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) around 200 bus companies were given special permits for the long holiday. This is equal to almost 500 provincial buses.
The special permits will be available from April 14 to 22.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
Police authorities have confirmed the activities of three male shabu traffickers in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City at dawn on Wednesday (February 20).
The Cubao Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Ariel Aldovino, 52 years old; Jaime Bonita, 56; and Jonathan Labsan, 40 at the corner of Quezon Avenue and Agham Road during the said drug deal.
Authorities found out that the three had already surrendered under Oplan Tokhang yet they still continued with their illegal activities.
Seized from the suspects were twenty-six sachets of suspected shabu, several drug paraphernalia, and the buy-bust money.
Meanwhile, another drug pusher was arrested for allegedly selling shabu while he was checked in at an apartelle in Quezon City.
The suspect, identified as 22-year old Angelo John Ramin, alias Bunso, was also a drug surrenderee.
Recovered from Ramin were twenty-seven sachets of suspected shabu.
PSInsp Ramon Aquiatan, Jr. said, “yung confidential informant natin, nagspunta rito kagabi at pinagbigay-alam nga na nakakabili siya doon sa ating target. Itong madaling araw, itong 5:30, ay isinagawa po natin ‘yung buy bust operation at doon po nahuli natin itong target na ito [Our informant came here last night and informed us that he was able to purchase from our target. At 5:30 this morning, we conducted the buy-bust operation and arrested the target].”
All the arrested suspects will face violation of Republic act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 charges. — Maris Federez (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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