by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019
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.)
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III said on Wednesday (May 15) that veteran senators are willing to guide their new colleagues once they assume office.
Sotto added that the Senate Secretariat is always ready to assist the new senators.
“Anytime upon request or instruction, as they always do every time there is a new member of the Senate,” the Senate president said.
This came after former PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa, one of the leading senatorial candidates in the ongoing canvassing of the 2019 midterm polls, admitted in an interview that he needs a training or a crash course in lawmaking.
“Mayroon bang seminar diyan o ano bang training diyan para matutunan ko kung paano gawin ang batas? Ano ba ang mga trabaho namin diyan sa Senado? Kung mayroong ganun, I will take that opportunity para matuto ako,” Dela Rosa said on Tuesday.
(Is there a seminar or a training where I can learn how to craft laws? What does our job in the Senate involve? If there are [seminars] I will take the opportunity to learn.)
In reaction to Dela Rosa’s statement, Senator Panfilo Lacson said the incoming senator need not worry as his veteran colleagues are willing to give them pieces of advice on how to do their work in the Upper House.
Lacson, also a former PNP Chief, was Dela Rosa’s upperclassman in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
Lacson is a member of the PMA Class of 1971 while Dela Rosa belongs to PMA Class of 1986. – Marje Pelayo
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is planning to attend seminars on crafting laws should he win a seat in the Senate.
First time candidate Dela Rosa is poised to become a senator with more than 18 million votes in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial, unofficial results of the 2019 midterm elections.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, Dela Rosa said he is seeking to attend seminars on lawmaking as this is the very essence of his work as a legislator.
“Ewan ko kung meron bang seminar diyan, or ano bang training dyan para matutuhan ko kung paano gawin ‘yung ng batas, kung paano gawin ‘yung trabaho sa Senado. Kung merong ganon I’ll take that opportunity para matuto ako,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.
(Is there a seminar for that or training where I could learn how to craft laws or about our work in the Senate? If there’s any, I’ll take that opportunity so I could learn.)
But he added that he will not attend the training if these will be held in the University of the Philippines because it was “anti-police” and “anti-military.”
Dela Rosa also said that he plans to consult reelectionist Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and JV Ejercito on the things that he needs to do to prepare for the job.
“Magtawag tawag ako kina Koko Pimentel, JV Ejercito kung ano ba talaga ang trabaho ng senador. What do I need to prepare para pagpasok ko, hindi na ito katawa-tawa,” he said.
(I will call Koko Pimentel and JV Ejercito to ask about the job of a senator, what I need to prepare so I won’t look ridiculous when I enter the Senate.)
Dela Rosa is currently ranking fifth in the top-12 winning circle with 18,339,919 votes based on partial, unofficial results from Comelec as of 5:10 a.m. Wednesday.
Pimentel is currently at 11th spot with 14,255,261 votes while Ejercito is outside the winning circle at the 13th place with 13,897,153 votes.
“Kaya nga malungkot ako. Magdasal na lang. Sana si JV makaakyat, si Koko ‘wag nang bumaba,” Dela Rosa said.
(That’s why I am sad. I’ll just pray. I hope JV’s ranking would go up and Koko’s wouldn’t go down.)
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