Quiapo road rage victim laid to rest

admin   •   August 2, 2016   •   2669


MANILA, Philippines — Biker Mark Vincent Geralde, the victim of the road rage shooting incident in Quiapo, Manila, has been laid to rest today at Loyola Heights Memorial in Marikina.

According to his mother, they will pursue a case against the suspect Vhon Tanto despite the latter’s apology for the incident.

Geralde is survived by his wife and two children.

Meanwhile, Tanto is set to appear in the inquest proceeding at the Department Of Justice today for the murder of Geralde and for injuring Roselle Bondoc whom he hit with a stray bullet. (UNTV News & Rescue)

Metro Manila traffic ranks second-worst in the world

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 30, 2020

The Metro Manila traffic congestion ranks second-worst among the 416 cities in the TomTom Traffic Index 2019.

Based on the report, the congestion level in Metro Manila is at 71% where motorists lose 257 hours, or 10 days and 17 hours per year.

Time lost during rush hour will have an additional 29 minutes per 30-minute trip in the morning and 38 minutes additional per 30-minute trip in the evening.

The congestion level by roads is at 73% on highways and 70% on non-highways.

The highest traffic congestion was recorded on August 16 with a 107% congestion level.

The report also said, “travelling after 7 PM on Friday could save you up to 5 hours per year (for a 30-minute commute).”

The traffic index collected 306,409,293 km of road data in Metro Manila.—AAC

MMDA officer carries sick child to hospital amid traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 20, 2020

Mit Javellana and her family were on their way to the hospital. Her son, Earl, was having chills due to high fever and was in need of medical attention.

But their car was not moving due to the severe traffic and they had no choice but to forcefully make their way through just to get to the hospital.

An MMDA officer, Jeremi Lukban, noticed and approached them.

“Nung malaman niyang papuntang ER, nag-offer siya na buhatin si Earl at naglakad na lang pa-ospital (When he learned that we are going to the ER, he offered to carry Earl and walked to the hospital),” Mit said in her Facebook post.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim lauded Lukban’s action and reminded the public to never hesitate to ask the MMDA for any assistance.

“Lagi tayong handang tumulong sa ating mga kababayan (We are always ready to help our fellowmen),” he said in his Facebook post.—AAC

Traslacion of Black Nazarene faster than previous years

Marje Pelayo   •   January 9, 2020

The Black Nazarene is taken on a procession as Catholic devotees flock around to mark its feast day in Manila, Philippines, 09 January 2020. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines — This year’s Traslacion of the Black Nazarene moved faster than in previous years, according to authorities.

From the starting point at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, devotees were able to cross and reach Ayala Bridge and Palanca Street for almost five hours only specifically from 4:00am to 7:00am.

This year, the Andas was escorted and surrounded by police personnel forming the so-called ‘andas wall’ to ensure the safety of devotees.

The police force was divided into sectors, each headed by a police colonel or lieutenant colonel managing their team.

Upon reaching Ayala Bridge, the police let the devotees take control of the procession up to Arlegui Street.

From there, the andas took Nepomuceno counter flow to Concepcion Aguila street then to Carcer Street until it reached Plaza del Carmen.

The andas also passed through Bilibid Viejo Street;
Gil Puyat;
P. De Guzman;
Hidalgo Street;
Quezon Boulevard;
Palangca Street;
Quezom Bridge;
Villalobos Street;
and Plaza Miranda to its destination in Quiapo Church.

Several devotees, however, complained why the plan did not let the andas pass through the underpass in Quezon Bridge.

Authorities blocked the said underpass with a barricade.

“All areas were closed. They said we cannot cross there,” said a devotee from Cavite, Vivencio Agumbay.

“The road is closed even that passage at the side of the church,” lamented Danding Santos from Bulacan.

Several road closures annoyed devotees who were eager to see the Andas.

Some of them tried to knock down the barricade at the Quezon Bridge underpass.

They even attacked and broke the windshield of a police vehicle.

Despite the aggression, the police personnel remained calm and exercised maximum tolerance in dispersing the devotees. – MNP (with reports from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)


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