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
3 injured, hundreds displaced in weekend fires
MANILA, Philippines — Two fire incidents occurred in Metro Manila over the weekend.
A food stall caught fire last night at Brgy. 10, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, injuring three employees with second-degree burns as it spread to two more stalls.
The victims were identified as food stall manager, Jerrt Orpila, 33; cook, Jay Vebuz delos Santos, 58 and cashier, Annaliza Sevilla, 37.
Based on the investigation of the Pasay City – Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the cook smelled gas before the explosion.
“May naamoy siyang parang leak daw po ng LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). Nakita niyang umapoy at nag-explode na po,” said BFP officer Keenan Dubaldo.
Pasay-BFP is still looking into the cause of the fire and if there is negligence on the part of the establishment.
Last Saturday, a fire also occurred in Brgy. Manressa in Quezon City at around 11:00 p.m.
BFP pointed to illegal electric connection as the cause of fire.
Four hundred thirty-six (436) residents were affected by the incident and are temporarily residing at the covered court of the barangay.
Department of Social Welfare and Development officer Lorlyn Sorita assured that the displaced residents are receiving adequate assistance.
“Meron naman tayo provided na assistance na ibinibigay namin three times a day na food. Meron breakfast, lunch at saka dinner. Maliban doon sa ibinibigay ng mga politician ng local, may provision naman ng food,” said Sorita.
“Pangatlong sunog na namin to. Wala kapag ano na lang inaayos yung bahay lilipat na kami ulit kapag naayos na mga isang buwan kapag naayos na yung bahay,” said Genesis Pidlaoan, a resident.
“Ay mahirap po kasi nung nasunugan din kami naubos yung bahay namin. Nasa kalye kami nakatira ngayon sa kanto ng Dagot St,” said Herminihilda Corpuz, another resident.
Residents are currently suffering from insufficient water supply and lack of proper toilet facilities. — Gerry Galicia | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP identifies six persons of interest in Rep. Batocabe’s slay
PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday confirmed that they already have identified the six persons of interest in the murder of Ako Bicol Party list Congressman Rodel Batocabe and his police aide, SPO1 Orlando Diaz.
“Yes. Iyong iba alias.We cannot divulge it yet. Hindi rin natin pwedeng sabihin kung anong grupo iyan,” PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde told members of the press after a case conference held at Camp Simeon Ola in Legaspi City.
The PNP is still not discounting the possible role of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the crime as well as the idea that the killing was politically motivated.
Though the lawmaker’s kin acknowledge that they are going against a political power, the PNP cannot ascertain if Batocabe’s rival in local politics has something to do with the killing.
“Alam mo naman kapag pulitika, you always point to the opponent, hindi ba? Sabi ko nga, we, the PNP cannot speculate. We cannot speculate because we cannot link this person yet because of lack of substantial evidence,” Albayalde stressed.
The PNP has opened three communication lines for whosoever could provide information on the incident.
Witnesses and informants may use these number to report to the authorities of their knowledge on the crime.
But despite the reward money that already reached P32-million pesos, Albayalde admits that it remains a challenge for the PNP to assemble the puzzle as witness are afraid to come out and testify.
“So far wala pa nga. Sana nga makatulong. What we were able to establish is itong mga assailants nanggaling sa likod. So ibig sabihin itong mga ito nanggaling din doon sa crowd. There’s a big possibility na iyong mga tao doon sa crowd na iyon ay kilala itong mga assailants na ito and yet walang gustong magsalita,” the PNP Chief said.
As of press time, the PNP already collected testimonies from six individuals who happened to be survivors from the incident.
However, their testimonies are still not enough to establish a suspect, according to PCSupt. Arnel Escobal.
“Iyon nga ang problema natin hesitant magbigay iyong iba. Iyong 6 kasi nasugatan iyong mga iyon, Iyon ang una naming kinuhanan ng statement baka may makuha kaming information doon sa nangyari. Kaya lang so far wala kaming nakuhang impormasyon na maaaring makatulong sa imbestigasyon,” the Police Regional Office Chief concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)
PCC slaps Grab, Uber with P16-M fine for violating merger provisions
MANILA, Philippines — Ride-hailing service firms, Uber and Grab are facing penalties anew over its merger deal.
The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has fined Grab Philippines and Uber a total of P16 million for allegedly violating key provisions of the interim measures order (IMO) during the merger review period of the anti-trust body.
The IMO was issued to the parties to maintain pre-transaction conditions to prevent actions that may prejudice the ability of the PCC to review or impose appropriate remedies.
The PCC explained that the imposition of the fine is due to the failure of the two firms to keep their operations separate pending the approval of their merger deal.
In a breakdown provided by the anti-trust body, Grab PH and Uber are ordered to pay P4 million for executing their agreement even during the review period.
Grab was also fined with P8-million while Uber with four million for failing to maintain the pre-merger business conditions.
“Dahil sa pagcomply nila sa LTFRB order ay kinailangan naming i-reduce ang fines ng Uber which is why makikita natin eight millon po ang na impose sa Grab pero para sa uber naman ay four million pesos lamang,” said PCC Commisioner Stella Quimbo.
Grab and Uber merged their operations on March 25. The anti-trust body launched a motu propio review on the merger on April 3 and three days later, the agency issued the seven interim measure for Grab and Uber.
The PCC also noted that Grab Philippines and Uber violated two of the seven interim measures. Ten counts of violations were detected on two of the conditions set for the merger.
Under the Philippine Competition Act, a P2 million maximum fine will be imposed on every particular violation on its provisions.
“This establishes the fact that PCC has its own jurisdiction and mandate when it comes to competition-related concerns,” said PCC Commissioner Johannes Bernabe.
The PCC warned that if the two firms fail to comply within 45 days, they will have to pay a fine of P16 million each day.
In response, Grab PH said in a statement that they will study the order before giving further comments. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue