Robber caught on viral video arrested in Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 7, 2019   •   1492

The man who was caught in a viral video for robbing a trucker in Road-10 Tondo, Manila was arrested by authorities on Sunday (October 6).

The Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT) arrested Christopher Dumapi alias “Toper” during an anti-criminality operation on Mel Lopez Boulevard.

Dumapi is one of the four suspects who robbed a trucker on Saturday (October 5). Authorities identified the remaining suspects as Jack Dumapi, Junjun Barola, and Jimwell Jimenez.

On Monday, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso expressed his gratitude for the netizens who took the video of the crime.

“Maraming salamat sa iyo. Kung hindi dahil sa’yo, hindi mo inupload, hindi natin mabibigyan ng hustisya ang ginawang pang-aabuso sa driver ng truck (Thank you. If not for you, there will be no justice for the truck driver),” he said.

Meanwhile, the Manila Mayor also called out the parents of the suspects to surrender their sons and face justice.

“Sa mga magulang ng mga ito, hawak na po namin ang mga pangalan. Hinahanap na po kayo ng mga alagad ng batas. Hinahanap po kayo (To the parents of these individuals, we have the names [of your sons]. Authorities are now looking for them),” he added.—AAC

Facebook agrees to provide documents in California data privacy probe

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2019

San Francisco, USA – American tech giant Facebook on Thursday agreed to hand over further documents to Californian state authorities in its data privacy investigation.

The move by the Menlo Park company comes after the state’s attorney general, Democrat Xavier Becerra, earlier this month publicly accused Facebook of not cooperating with investigation carried out by his department.

Becerra had termed the responses sent by the company as “inadequate” and his office asked a court to take action to compel Facebook to respond to subpoenas.

On Thursday Facebook agreed to provide at least some of the requested documents next week.

The investigation was opened in June 2018, just a few months after the scandal involving British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which used an app to collect the personal data of millions of Facebook users without their consent and for political ends. EFE-EPA

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Manila traffic enforcer sacked after being caught asking for bribe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2019

The Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) has confirmed they already fired the traffic enforcer who was caught in a viral video asking bribe from a motorist.

MTPB chief Dennis Viaje said the traffic enforcer assigned to UN Avenue corner Taft Avenue will no longer be part of the Manila City government for engaging in “kotong.”

Netizen Love Laurena posted the video on Monday, November 18 and it immediately went viral.—AAC

Para sa tropa: Man in viral video of jeepney attack clears name

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 18, 2019

It’s not what everyone thought it was. A scene that looked like an attempted robbery, turned out to be a different story.

The man in the viral video, who was later identified as Jomar, was seen clinging outside a moving jeepney while reaching inside the vehicle trying to punch someone.

After seeing the video, netizens slammed Jomar for his actions and immediately alerted the Manila government.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso invited those involved in the incident, and Manila Police District Director Bgen. Bernabe Balba, to a press conference where it became clear that the scene was sparked by a personal feud.

Jomar allegedly was only helping his friend, Edison, whose wife got harassed by a man inside the jeepney along Taft Avenue last Sunday (November 17) afternoon.

Edison said they chased the man after he tried to escape.

“Nagtangka po siyang tumakas kaya sinugod na namin sa jeep (He tried to escape so we followed him inside the jeepney),” he said.

“Inunahan niya po kasi ako ng suntok kaya sinundan ko na rin ng suntok (He threw the first punch, so I punched him back)” Edison added.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso lauded the Manila Police District for their quick response to the incident. He also reminded Jomar and Edison to always trust the government in providing justice.

“Huwag niyong ilalagay sa kamay ninyo ang batas. Sumangguni kayo sa kapulisyahan, (Don’t put the law into your own hands. Trust the police),” he said.

“Sana muli ninyong pagkatiwalaan ang pulis at ang pamahalaan na magbibigay ng hustisya kapag kayo naagrabyado, (I hope you can again trust the police and the government in providing justice when an abuse is committed),” he added.—AAC

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