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
Grab PH implements ‘masking of destination’ policy
MANILA, Philippines – Grab Philippines has implemented Friday, April 27, the “masking of destination” feature in its ride-booking system in response to the growing number of complaints against ride cancellation by Grab drivers.
The feature will disable the driver’s option to cancel a ride booking and instead accept the transaction without knowing the passenger’s destination. The new policy covers 25 percent of Grab drivers with lower acceptance rate.
Grab said the measure aims to discipline picky drivers. However, some drivers are complaining against the new policy due to security issues.
“Napakalaking delikado po nito sa aming mga drivers mahalaga po ito sa amin, inaasahan tayo ng ating mga pamilya na naghahanap-buhay tayo na makakauwi din tayo ng safe sa ating bahay,kaya mahalaga po na ang destination na ito ay manatili,” said Vhinz Fernando of the Philippine Solid Grabber.
Meanwhile, Grab member Melissa Redulla, said although they agree with the “masking” policy, they call on their colleagues to religiously adhere with it so as not to affect the entire TNVS Community.
“Iyong masasama at namimihasa sa cancellation sa pag-ignore naapektuhan greatly ang matitinong drivers. Ang initiative na ginawa ng Grab with the masking of destination na hindi natin kinailangang hintayin na maglabas ulit ng order and LTFRB at maapektuhan ang buong miyembro ng TNVS community,” Redulla explained.
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Member Atty. Aileen Lizada previously told all TNVS groups to give the “masking” feature a chance to know its efficacy. The agency also vows to expedite the process of forming a security protocol to ensure the safety of TNVS and other utility drivers. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
CIDG nabs 2 suspected ISIS members in Laguna
SUSPECTED ISIS: (L-R) Eddie Boy Alejo Bermejo aka Abdullah, Jimuel Velasco aka Amir
MANILA, Philippines — Two alleged members of the terrorist group, ISIS Suyuful Khilafa Fil Luzon were arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-NCR , Thursday at dawn in two separate raids in Cabuyao and Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
They were identified as Jimuel Velasco (aka Amir) and Eddie Boy Alejo Bermejo (aka Abdullah).
Authorities confiscated from their possession several firearms, ammunition and a fragmentation hand grenade. Police also seized what appeared to be an ISIS flag.
The two are facing charges for violation of Republic Act (R.A.) 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
2 cops nabbed for extortion in Pasay City
Pasay City, Philippines – Two active policemen were arrested Tuesday in an entrapment operation conducted by the Philippine National Police Counter Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) in an act of extorting money from jeepney and van drivers en route Malibay, Pasay City.
The cops were identified as PO2 Jerry Adjanu Jubail and PO1 Michael Mindevil Domalanta, both assigned in Malibay Police Station.
CITF Commander PSSupt. Chiquito Malayo said the two cops were receiving P300 to P500 pesos from each driver parked illegally at a terminal in Pasay.
“Nasasakupan nila itong terminal (Their jurisdiction covers the terminal). They have the influence and jurisdiction. We also received some reports na (that) in fact iyong mga colorum na buses ay ini-eskortan pa nila palabas (they even provide escort to colorum buses),” Malayo said.
Malayo added the two cops earned up to P5,000 a day from extortion.
“May organization itong mga vans at bus. Mayroong silang (mga pulis) taong ini-appoint to collect from P300 to P500 na kukunin sa mga bus drivers para makabiyahe,” he said.
(These buses and vans belong to an organization. They have people (cops) whom they appointed to collect P300 to P500 from bus drivers before allowing them to travel.)
Based on records, CITF has arrested 71 police scalawags since its creation in January 2017.
“The CPNP is very clear on his mandate na i-enhance iyong (of enhancing) internal cleansing down to the lowest level,” Malayo concluded. – Lea Ylagan | News & Rescue