Public warned after fish kill hits Las Piñas, Parañaque

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019   •   1622

MANILA, Philippines – Tubs of dead fish were collected along the coastal vicinity of Las Piñas and Parañaque, specifically in the ecotourism area of Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).

Upon reports of the fish kill on Thursday morning (October 10), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) immediately dispatched a team of fisheries protection and law enforcement group along with technical personnel to collect water samples and investigate the cause of the fish kill.

Following the incident, the DA-BFAR in a statement advised the public not to consume dead fishes collected from the affected area pending the results of the investigation.

The agency is now working closely with the local government unit regarding the proper disposal of the dead fish. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

11-hour service interruption to hit Maynilad customers in Parañaque City

Marje Pelayo   •   July 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Maynilad customers in portions of Parañaque City are advised to prepare for water service interruption in the afternoon of Monday (July 12).

In a tweet, the water concessionaire said clients in Parañaque City will have low pressure to no water supply beginning 2:00 p.m. of Monday (July 12) until 1:00 a.m. of Tuesday (July 13).

The said water service interruption is due to raw water quality issue from Laguna Lake entering the firm’s Putatan treatment plant.

“We are continuously monitoring the water quality in Laguna Lake even as we conduct system adjustments to optimize the limited supply,” Maynilad said.

Specifically, the areas affected are BF Homes, Don Bosco, Marcelo Green, San Antonio, San Martin de Porres, and Sucat.

NBI arrests Japanese fugitive in Parañaque City for alleged online fraud, extortion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have arrested a Japanese fugitive wanted for his alleged involvement in online fraud and extortion.

According to the NBI, suspect Watanabe Yuki is the so-called “Big Boss” of the largest telecommunication fraud syndicate, whose international operations cover several countries including Japan and Philippines. The agency also said they have already verified the information.

The BI is currently in custody of Yuki. BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said Yuki’s case is still pending at the Supreme Court (SC).

“With regards to implementation of the deportation, we’d have to wait for the resolution of the local case before we can implement,” Sandoval said.  AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

PNP to support PCG, BFAR patrols in West Philippine Sea — Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG) has been tapped to assist the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in their ongoing maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea, police chief General Guillermo Eleazar said.

“The PNP, specifically the Maritime Group, is ready to provide assistance and augment personnel from the PCG and BFAR in enforcing maritime laws on the West Philippine Sea and our Exclusive Economic Zone,” Eleazar said in a statement on Thursday.

“Despite our limitations when it comes to resources, we will make sure that it will not discourage and prevent us from asserting and fighting for what is ours,” he added.

The National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea on Wednesday said the PNP-MG will deploy four high-speed tactical watercraft, three police gunboats, and police fast boats to patrol the municipal waters and portions of the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea.

The assets will be deployed to police maritime units mostly in Palawan province.

Personnel of the PNP-MG who will be posted at the Municipality of Kalayaan will depart on May 15.

Eleazar said the PNP continues to consult with the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea, the PCG, and BFAR to determine the PNP-MG’s specific role and participation in maritime patrols.

“Patuloy po ang koordinasyon natin sa mga ahensyang ito dahil sila ang mas nakakaalam ng sitwasyon sa West Philippine Sea,” he said.

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