Raps filed vs foreigner involved in clash with cop in Makati village

Robie de Guzman   •   April 28, 2020   •   926

MANILA, Philippines – The Makati City Police on Tuesday said it has filed multiple complaints against Spanish national Javier Parra, who clashed with a cop in a village in Makati City over the weekend.

Makati City Police chief Police Colonel Rogelio Simon said they lodged the complaints against Parra before the Makati City Prosecutors Office.

“Nakapag-file tayo ng direct assault, resistance and disobedience in a person in authority, unjust vexation, violation ng Republic Act 11332 particularly in Sec.9e ng Bayanihan Act at yung City Ordinance 2020 089 for not wearing face mask,” he said.

Simon said they are also coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration for Parra’s possible deportation.

The complaints against the Spanish national stemmed from his confrontation with a police officer, Police Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona, outside his house in Dasmariñas Village on April 26.

Madrona was conducting a patrol in the village, together with Bantay Bayan personnel Esteban Gaan when he noticed Parra’s house helper, Cherilyn Escalante, watering the plants outside without wearing a face mask.

Madrona claimed he politely approached and advised the maid to wear a face mask for her safety.

The helper then went inside the house, but minutes later, Parra and his wife, Abegail Salvador went out of their residence and confronted the police officer.

In the now viral video, Parra can be seen and heard throwing foul words at the cop, and supposedly lectured him on how to implement the quarantine protocols.

The foreigner also allegedly shouted at Madrona to get off his property.

The cop tried to arrest the furious foreigner, but Parra evaded and went inside his house.

The Philippine National Police has ordered an investigation into the matter.

Meanwhile, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año expressed support for Madrona, saying he was just doing his job when he tried to arrest Parra.

In the video, Parra was seen not wearing a shirt and was said to be drunk when he confronted the police officer.

Suportado natin yan (We support it). The police did the right thing. Yung lumabas ka na sa kalsada, kahit private subdivision yan, public area yan (When you go out into the street, even if it’s in a private subdivision, it’s considered public area). It serves the public,” Año said in a statement. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

DFA suspends operations of Consular Office in Tuguegarao City

Marje Pelayo   •   January 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday (January 20) announced the temporary closure of its Consular Office in Tuguegarao (CO Tuguegarao) while the city is under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

DFA CO Tuguegarao will be closed from January 20 to 29 pursuant to Executive Order 14 s. 2021.

CO Tuguegarao will resume its regular operations on Monday, February 1.

Affected applicants with confirmed appointments who are unable to avail of consular services due to the suspension of operations must secure another appointment by emailing tuguegarao.rco@dfa.gov.ph with the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Original appointment date and time
  • Preferred date and time of new appointment

The preferred new appointment may be on any working day (Monday to Friday) from February 1, 2021 to March 1, 2021 during the CO’s regular operation hours from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.

Applicants who need emergency or urgent consular services may contact CO Tuguegarao by email at tuguegarao.rco@dfa.gov.ph.

Tuguegarao City reverts to ECQ after surge in COVID-19 cases

Marje Pelayo   •   January 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The city of Tuguegarao has been placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) again starting January 20 until January 29.

The latest restriction came after 81 new active cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection were reported in only one day.

The new tally raised alarm among local government officials due to the continuous spike in COVID-19 cases in the city following the holiday season.

In an interview, Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano said the number of cases was manageable for the first few days of January. The number surged, however, starting January 16 thus the change in their decision.

Governor Manuel Mamba of Cagayan, meanwhile, joined Soriano in endorsing to the regional Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) the imposition of ECQ for Tuguegarao City.

DOH addresses issue of delayed benefits of healthcare workers

Maris Federez   •   November 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has reiterated its mission to lead the country in creating a productive, resilient, equitable, and people-centered healthcare system, amid the issue of delayed benefits of healthcare workers.

In its press release dated November 28, the DOH said that it cannot take the welfare of the healthcare workers out of the equation in realizing the goals of a Universal Health Care system, especially in the midst of a national state of public health emergency where they are most needed.

“We are taking the issue of delayed benefits very seriously. When matters like this come to our attention, we conduct thorough investigations and concerned offices are made to answer to the Secretary and develop solutions to improve the delivery of services and expedite processes,” the DOH said.

“As health workers, many of us in the DOH—including members of our Executive Committee—have experienced working on the ground, in our health facilities, which is why we understand the challenges in the frontlines—being overworked, underpaid, demoralized, and in this pandemic, even more vulnerable,” it added.

The health department explained that the Active Hazard Duty Pay (AHDP) and Special Risk Allowances (SRA) under Bayanihan 1 are based on the savings of hospitals and only covered frontliners who reported for duty during the Enhanced Community Quarantine from March 15 to May 16.

“Considering that other hospitals do not have savings, DOH sub-alloted P51.9 million which has been released to 17 DOH-retained hospitals who requested for additional funding,” the DOH added.

The department further said that the AHDP and SRA for Bayanihan 2 were alloted through the Administrative Orders 35 and 36 issued by the Office of the President last November 16.

For this, the DOH and the DBM issued Joint Circulars 1 and 2 on November 25 which provided for the P9.2 billion sub-allotment to DOH-retained hospitals, Centers for Health Development (CHDs), and the Ministry of Health of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for the period of September to December. This, the DOH said, has already been released this week.

The department appealed to the healthcare workers to inform them of health facilities that have not yet released their benefits and to file a written complaint to the DOH – Complaints Handling Unit at dohpau.chu@gmail.com.

The DOH assured that it is taking the matter very seriously and that it does not only respond to the health welfare of the general public but also to the health workers who are with them in attaining this vision and battling this pandemic. — /mbmf

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