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Woman falls from 4th floor of QC shopping mall

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

An unidentified woman (Photo by: Rafael Pelayo Jr. )

MANILA, Philippines — An unidentified woman is believed to have jumped to her death from the fourth floor of SM City North Edsa, Quezon City, Monday morning.

A salesman who was on the same floor as the victim said he saw the woman minutes before the incident, looking down at the ground floor when she suddenly stepped on a white stool and jumped. The witness ran to stop the victim but was too late.

According to SM City North Edsa the woman was immediately attended to and brought to Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) with the mall’s emergency response team but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The mall’s management is cooperating with local PNP on the ongoing investigation. — UNTV News & Rescue

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QC’s most wanted criminal arrested

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Quezon City Police District Station 10 has finally arrested the most wanted person on their list of suspected criminals.

Police nabbed 54-year-old Edgardo Pandaan, alias Sonny, on Tuesday, August 14, at 10 p.m. while he was loitering along Scout de Guia in Quezon City.

Pandaan is accused of molesting his 4-year-old granddaughter.

After the victim’s parents reported the incident to the police, Pandaan quickly fled the area.

Authorities later found out that he went into hiding in Davao for one year.

Pandaan strongly denied the accusations against him.

“Hindi ko ginagawa yan. Dahil kung ginagawa ko yan, bakit hindi nila inaano yung medico legal ng bata para maano natin? Mahirap po kasi ang ganun (I did not do it. If I did, where is the child’s medical report so that we can verify. It’s not fair),” he said.

QCPD Station 10 Special Operation Unit chief, Police Inspector Ceferino Gatchalian, said the suspect’s hideout was immediately reported to them by local officials.

“Sa tulong ng mga barangay officials namin sa Barangay Sacred Heart, nag-feed sa amin na ito si a.k.a Sonny o Edgardo, ay nasa kanilang lugar (Barangay officials of Barangay Sacred Heart tipped us that Sonny, alias Edgardo, was in their area),” he said.

Pandaan is facing rape charges and will remain held at Kamuning Police Station without bail. — Reynante Ponte

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LGU warns of landslides in Brgy. Commonwealth, asks residents to relocate

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

 

Residents insist on staying while they stand on the edge a newly eroded section of their neighborhood.

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Lower Bayanihan Street in Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City has been declared landslide prone.

The local government of Quezon City said soil erosion has been common in the area which increases the risk of a landslide and endangering the lives of hundreds of residents.

Local officials admit they have warned the residents many times especially ahead of the rainy season but the residents seem unconvinced and no one wants to leave despite the danger.

“Paulit ulit na nating sinasabi sa ating mga kapitbahay na pagka nandyan na iyong instruction para mag evacuate dahil may napipintong peligro, sana makinig naman ang ating mga kapitbahay at lumikas na,” said City Administrator Aldrin Cuña.

Some residents said they understand fully the concern of the local government as they too  have sleepless nights, especially during a heavy downpour. However, they say they have no choice as they earn their living in the area.

“Kung lilipat pa po kami sa malayo, paano po ang hanapbuhay ng mga asawa naming? Nandito po (ang trabaho nila). Ang hirap po ng kalagayan namin kung i-relocate pa kami sa malayo,” said Jonalyn Ramos who has been living in the area for 20 years already together with her family.

The local government also admits they have not planned yet for the relocation of residents in Lower Bayanihan citing the long process of a request for relocation from the National Housing Authority (NHA).

“Ang tanging challenge na lang siguro ay ang pakikipagugnayan ng pamahalaang lokal sa  National Housing Authority upang mabigyan sila ng tinatawag nating housing units na paglilipatan. Iyon ang ma-trabahong portion ng disaster resiliency ang pag-relocate ng residenteng nasa danger zone”

In August 2012, nine lives were lost to a landslide at Lower Bayanihan Street also following non-stop rains.

The QC government is also monitoring the situation in Barangay Payatas which is also a landslide-prone area. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo

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QC suspends classes on July 23 for Duterte’s SONA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018

SONA file photo. PCOO.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government declares class suspension on all levels in both public and private on Monday, July 23.

In a message on Twitter on Thursday evening (July 19), the QC Public Affairs office said Mayor Herbert Bautista ordered the suspension to give way to the scheduled State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte. – UNTV News and Rescue

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