MANILA, Philippines — “Bakit di mo pinagbigyan na mabuhay siya? Ang dami niyang pangarap sa mga anak namin, sa pamilya namin, bakit mo ginawa? Napakawalang puso mo (Why couldn’t you have just let him live? He had so many dreams for our children and our family, how could you do it? You are so heartless),” said Brenda Maquidato, widow of slain Grab driver, Gerardo “Junie” Maquidato Jr., after facing the suspect responsible for her husband’s death.
The victim’s mother, Maximiana Amolato Maquidato, also lamented, “Sabi nga ni Lord magpatawad raw ng 777 times, pero parang di ko yata makuha kahit isa (The Lord said to forgive 777 times, but I don’t think I can do it even once).”
Maquidato was shot by suspect, Narc Delemios last October 26 in Pasay City, when the latter boarded the victim’s car as a Grab passenger.
According to the suspect, he was just supposed to steal money from the victim. However, Maquidato resisted, prompting him to shoot him in the head.
“Hindi ko po alam na siya ay good samaritan. Humihingi po ako ng pasensya pero mahirap na po talagang maibalik. Pera lang po talaga ang gusto kong kuhain sa kanya pero lumaban po siya kaya ko po nagawa yung krimen,” said the suspect.
(I was not aware that he was a good Samaritan. I am asking for forgiveness for what I did. But I know I can never bring back his life. I just wanted his money but he resisted and that’s how I ended up committing the crime.)
Delemios left Maquidato’s dead body in Pasay City, while he brought his Toyota Innova car in Tarlac.
“May two witnesses tayo doon sa pinagbarilan mismo at nakita din yung assailant hinila yung driver pagkabaril at natutuwa pa raw ito bago siya gumalaw. Parang may minutes na nag lull, parang kino contemplate niya paano niya na…bakit nabaril. After that nilaglag niya na lang sa kalye at inalis ang sasakyan” said PSSupt. Dionisio Bartolome.
(We have two witnesses in the area where the shooting happened. The assailant was seen dragging the driver after shooting him and even looking very pleased with it before making a move. There was a lull for several minutes, as if he was contemplating what just happened. After that, he just dropped the victim’s body on the road and drove the car away,” said PSSupt. Dionisio Bartolome.
The suspect also threw into the river the gun he used in killing the Grab driver.
Authorities arrested Delemios in Pasay City after he sent surrender feeler to the police and his mother-in-law.
“‘His whereabouts were also sent to us so there is a semblance of voluntarily surrender that’s why he was immediately arrested by the elements of NCRPO together with CIDG,” said CIDG Director PCSupt. Roel Obusan.
Delemios will face charges of robbery with homicide for robbing and killing Maquidato.
The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group noted that Delemios also has a standing warrant of arrest for a murder case in Parañaque in 2014.— Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
DOTr to study memorandum order limiting the number of operating TNVS
MANILA, Philippines – The new regulation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) continues to draw criticisms.
The regulation seeks to limit the number of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) the LTFRB will allow to operate on roads.
Based on the Memorandum Circular 2018-03, the agency will limit the number of TNVS in Metro Manila to 45,000, 500 in Cebu and 200 units in Pampanga.
The new order takes effect on February 3.
However, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the LTFRB to review the said regulation.
Tugade explained that the agency should ensure that its implementation is reasonable on the part of both TNVS drivers and commuters.
This allays concerns of TNVS drivers who might lose their jobs should LTFRB push through with the implementation of the said order.
They insisted that they are following the policies of the LTFRB, but they call on the agency to withdraw its plan to impose a cap on the number of operating TNVS on roads.
“What if I become one of those who would lose jobs? What will happen to my family, and to my dialysis?” said TNVS driver Mang Glen.
“I represent the lady drivers who rely solely on this for livelihood and extra income,” said TNVS driver Arlyn Camorongan.
According to Brian Cu, the country head of Grab Philippines, the supply cap may result in higher fare rates, and difficulty of booking rides due to the huge number of TNVS that might be slashed.
“Passengers will have difficulty getting TNVS rides. Higher fares will become frequent due to surges, even though there is still a surge cap in place,” Cu said.
Based on the figures submitted by Uber and Grab to LTFRB, they have 125,000 units operating across the Philippines.
Overall, the number of TNVS drivers who might no longer operate would reach more than 79,000.
Meanwhile, LTFRB will begin accepting new applications for TNVS on February 5. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
4 armed men attack hotel in Pasay City
CCTV footage of the 4 suspects entering the Mabuhay Manor Hotel
Manila, PHILIPPINES — The CCTV footage of the Mabuhay Manor Hotel shows how four suspects came in and robbed hotel employees and a guest at three a.m. Tuesday.
The suspects ran away with around P3.5 million worth of cash, personal belongings and pieces of jewelry.
What was taken from the hotel itself only amounts to P33,000 cash and the .38 revolver pistol of the security guard.
The one who lost the most was the hotel guest, Dominador Castro, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). Taken from him was USD15,800; gadgets worth USD 7,000; a Rolex wristwatch worth USD 30,000; and sets of jewelry amounting to around USD 30,000.
Castro said his family was about to check out when the incident happened. They were all shocked and felt helpless.
“Natutukan ako. ‘Dapa, papatayin kita,’ ganun kaagad eh. Tapos yun, ‘Dapa, papatayin ko kayo! Dapa, walang titingin!’ Yun lang,” he said, recounting the incident.
( A gun was pointed at me. “Get down or I’ll kill you,” he said right away. And then, “Get down, or I’ll kill you all! Get down, nobody look!” That’s all.)
Another victim, Robert Castro, suggested tightening security, “Kasi ngayon, season di ba maraming mga bakasyunista, maraming mga kababayan natin na nag-i-stay dito (This season there are many vacationers staying in the hotel).”
The Southern Police District said the suspects disconnected the hotel’s telephone line which made it impossible for the employees to immediately report the matter to them.
The authorities are also looking into the accountabilities of the hotel management in the incident.
“Kung may lapses yung management, hotel management, yung motel management, yung security guards, the staff, isasama natin yan (possible lapses by the hotel management, security guards and the staff will be looked into),” said SPD Deputy Chief Police for Operations, PSupt. Gene Licud. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
Authorities nab British national, Filipino for illegal possession of firearms
MANILA, Philippines — Through a search warrant issued by Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 152 Judge Danilo Cruz, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) raided a residential unit in Valle Verde in Pasig City.
According to CIDG ATCU chief PSupt. Roque Merdegia Jr., operatives arrested suspects British national Matthew George Marney and Filipino Romel Mañas Catilo who are both residents of Valle Verde.
Authorities nabbed the suspects after discovering that they were in possession of unlicensed firearms.
“May information kaming natanggap na may presence ng (We received information about the presence of) AED persons sa (in) Valle Verde 5 way back in September and because of that information we conducted a surveillance operation and we apply search warrant,” said the police officer.
CIDG-ATCU operatives confiscated from the two, 5 caliber .45 pistols, 5 magazines, 25 pieces of live ammunition and 4 boxes of blank ammunition for a caliber .45 pistol.
They also seized a stun gun and four gun holder boxes, a gun cleaning kit, 14 pieces of bladed weapons, 3 firearms holsters, a magazine pouch, and an improvised slingshot.
“We will coordinate with the British embassy about the background of the suspect. If he has any record and involvement in illegal transactions abroad,” said Merdegia.
Merdegia said that the suspects are already facing complaints before the Department of Justice for violating the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms Law and Ammunition.
Meanwhile, CIDG NCR arrested four illegal recruiters in Kalaw, Ermita including a Japanese national who recruited Filipinos to work as domestic helpers in Japan.
The Japanese national was also caught in the act of receiving money from the victim.
“In compliance with the instruction of our president the CIDG will conduct intensified operations against illegal recruitment,” said CIDG – NCR Chief PSSupt. Wilson Asueta. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue