QC Police conducts bomb explosion drill for long holiday preparations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 9, 2019   •   1445

Members of the City Police District (QPD) during a bomb explosion drill

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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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.)

DOTr says QC-Bulacan MRT-7 project almost 50% complete

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday reported that the construction of the Metro Rail Transit line 7 (MRT-7) is now 49.22 percent complete more than three years after construction started.

In a statement on Facebook, the DOTr said that civil works of the underground/depressed, at-grade, and elevated guideway are in various stages of construction, while civil works of nine of the 14 stations are in full swing.

Trackwork installations are also ongoing.

“Likewise, the required rolling stock of 108 cars has been completed, and are awaiting shipment pending the availability of the depot/holding area,” it added.

PROGRESS REPORT: The Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) is now 49.22% COMPLETE, as of October 2019!Based on the latest…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Sunday, 10 November 2019

The 22-kilometer MRT-7 will connect Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan.

The line is expected to reduce travel time to 35 minutes from the current 2 to 3 hours.

The project is eyed to be completed by 2022, the DOTr said.

PNP eyes to complete procurement of body cams before the year-end

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing to complete the procurement of body-worn cameras to be used during anti-illegal drug operations.

PNP Officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa on Monday said a post-qualification process is being conducted to six bidders to meet all the requirements.

The body cameras are expected to be delivered in the second or third quarter of 2020.

Initially promised to be rolled out in 2018, Gamboa said the procurement of the P334 million worth of body cameras was delayed for over a year due to an alleged extortion case involving three police officers.

“The funds were released 2018. Nagkaroon ng bidding, may eight proponents but in the middle of the post-qualification, I found out that three of my men in the technical working group were asking money from the proponents,” Gamboa told reporters in a briefing.

He said the anomaly was exposed after one of the losing bidders in the project complained to him as the then chairman of the PNP Bids and Awards Committee.

Gamboa identified the three policemen as Major Emerson Sales, Major Rholly Caraggayan, who are now both AWOL (absent without leave), and Major Angel Beros, who is still in active service.

“Nung na-disqualify, nag-complain sa’kin ‘yung proponent, and then, from then on, I caused the investigation,” he said.

Gamboa said the involved police officers will face criminal and administrative raps and will be dismissed from service.

“Honestly, it’s a setback on the part of the Bids and Awards Committee because I was believing myself na malinis kami,” he said.

“But of course, very isolated naman ‘yung case na ‘yun,” he added.

Vice President Leni Robredo, the newly-installed co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, earlier reiterated the need for law enforcers to wear body cameras during operations to protect the agents and the operation’s integrity.

Despite the delay, Gamboa said the re-bidding process has already resumed for the project.

The acting top police official stressed the procurement process must be done before the year ends as the 2019 budget is going to expire by December 31. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

QC police nabs 3 suspects, seize P1.4-M worth of marijuana

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has arrested three individuals suspected of selling dried marijuana leaves on Thursday night.

Police identified the suspects as John Paulo Flores, Ryan Erpelo and Kees Van Paul Lorenzo.

The QCPD said the operation was conducted after they received information that the three suspects were selling illegal drugs on social media.

After validating the report, a buy-bust operation was launched against the suspects along Susana Road in Barangay Novaliches Proper in Novaliches at past 8 p.m.

Police seized from the suspects two bricks and dried marijuana leaves worth P240,000.

A follow-up operation on Friday yielded 12 kilos of marijuana leaves worth P1.4 million inside a vehicle along Maximo Street in Barangay Sta. Lucia, Novaliches after one of the suspects confessed to probers and surrendered the remaining stocks at his house.

“Gusto niya na wala ng madamay… So ninais na niyang i-surrender ‘yung mga natitira na items sa kaniyang possession,” QCPD station 10 commander Lt. Col. Louise Benjie Tremor said.

Police said the confiscated illegal drugs were turned over to the QCPD Crime Laboratory Office.

The suspects will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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