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Rehab works on Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge to commence Jan. 19

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge over  Pasig River in Makati City | Photo by: Judgefloro
Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge over Pasig River in Makati City | Photo by: Judgefloro

MANILA, Philippines — It’s all systems go for the rehabilitation of the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge on January 19 after being put on hold for several times.

The structure connects Estrella in Makati and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City.

The plan to rehabilitate the bridge has been deferred three times already.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the structure is just seven years old and based on its original design, it only has a 25,000 carrying capacity.

However, there are at least 35,000 vehicles plying the bridge every single day which have caused its pavement to weaken and be at risk of collapse.

“Bukod sa paluluwangin, tinitignan din namin yung preparedness nito sa the ‘big one’ na sinasabi ng Philvocs na diyan sa Mandaluyong area eh pine-predict ang intensity,” said DPWH project manager Toyet Castillo.

The DPWH plans to add two more lanes to the bridge’s existing two so that more vehicles will be able to ply on the bridge.

There will also be expansion of the sidewalks and strengthening of its foundation.

The project costs P1.47 billion but the government will not shoulder any amount since the overall fund is a grant from China.

The bridge will be temporarily closed to motorists for a period of three years.

For this reason, motorists are advised to take an alternative route.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sees heavy traffic situation especially in Makati because of the bridge’s closure.

“Dati ang average niyan para makatawid ka sa bridge mga 10 minutes lang nandoon ka na sa kabila. Kapag nagsara iyan, mga 30 minutes, kasi iikot ka pa. Pero I doubt it, baka 1 hour,” explained MMDA general manager, Jose Arturo Garcia.

The MMDA is now coordinating with the traffic bureaus from Makati and Mandaluyong to help clear the roads that will serve as alternative routes for motorists.

Aside from the Estrella-Pantaleon bridge, the MMDA also plans to begin the rehabilitation of Guadalupe Bridge in Makati and Lambingan Bridge in Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge rehab to resume on January 12

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will restart the closure of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge on January 12 for its rehabilitation.

The bridge connects Makati and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong.

The said bridge was previously closed for the rehabilitation.

However, it was made accessible to the motorists for two days to ease the holiday traffic.

DPWH is set to expand the two-lane way of the bridge into four.

The rehabilitation works is expected to end in 2021, so motorists are advised to take alternative routes.  — UNTV News & Rescue


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10 cops in mistaken identity shooting face charges

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Charges have been filed by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) against 10 cops and three barangay tanods (village watchmen) of Addition Hills Village following the case of a mistaken identity in Mandaluyong City which killed two persons and wounded two others.

According to NCRPO chief Oscar Albayalde, the cops were placed under restrictive custody at the NCRPO Headquarters after the incident.

“We have filed the cases of homicide against the 10 policemen at sa tatlong barangay tanods (and three village watchmen),” he said.

Albayalde also confirmed that Jonalyn Ambaan, Mhury Jamon, two men from the group they had an altercation with and two barangay tanods, tested positive for gunpowder burns.

This is why one of the angles being looked into is the possible rift between the two groups which led to the shooting of Jonalyn.

“Kasi may nakuha ding slug doon yung ating SOCO (Scene of the Crime Operatives) noong ipina SOCO natin ang lugar. Pero undetermined caliber pa rin as of this time. So lumalabas na mukhang nagbarilan sila doon sa lugar. Ngunit wala tayong narecover na baril,” Albayalde said.

(The Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered a slug from the scene. The caliber is undetermined as of this time.  It shows that the two groups possibly had an exchange of fire. But we have not recovered any firearm.)

It is also likely that the village watchmen sided with the group of Abdurakman Alfin whom Jonalyn’s companions had a confrontation with.

“Unang-una yung grupo nina Abdurakman Alfin taga doon at itong mga construction workers ay hindi residente doon (firstly, Abdurakman Alfin’s group are from the area while the construction worker s are not residents),” said the NCRPO chief.

Last week, 36 bullets were found in a white Mitsubishi Adventure along the stretch Of Shaw Boulevard corner Old Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City after watchmen and policemen riddled it with bullets, when they mistook it for the getaway vehicle of a suspect they were pursuing. — UNTV News & Rescue

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81 Chinese nationals nabbed in Makati for violating Philippine immigration laws

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Authorities arrested 81 Chinese nationals at the Burgundy Corporate Tower along Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City at nine in the evening Tuesday .

The Chinese nationals were arrested for violating Philippine immigration laws.

Based on the mission order from the Ministry of Public Security of China sent to the Chinese embassy in the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration conducted a manhunt operation against the Chinese fugitives who are facing cyber fraud charges in China.

With the Chinese police and Counter Intelligence Task Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP), authorities raided the 26th floor of the building where the suspects were allegedly working.

Among the arrested was the leader of the group, and several others confirmed to be on the list of fugitives with warrants of arrest in China.

Authorities also arrested other Chinese nationals caught with the fugitives for failing to present legal documents on their immigration status.

“Several names that were provided by the Chinese embassy matched the identities that were also present in that area which is why automatically we apprehended them. The others failed to present any immigration document when they were required to do so,” said Bureau of Immigration Chief of Fugitive Search Unit Bobby Raquepo.

The Chinese nationals were brought to the office of the Bureau of Immigration in Intramuros Manila for further investigation and verification of their immigration status.

They will undergo inquest proceedings for cases in connection with their possible violation of the Philippines’ immigration laws.

The arrested Chinese nationals proven to have violated the country’s criminal laws will also face charges.

The suspects will be detained inside the Bureau of Immigration warden facility at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. — Asher Cadapan| UNTV News & Rescue

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