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ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (March 20,2017)


Driver’s slay, intrigues cops

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) continued to be intrigued by the death of taxi driver Rafael P. Dorosan, 44, married, a resident of Palanas B, Barangay Vasra, Quezon City.

Dorosan was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen and his body abandoned at Daculan Street, Sitio San Roque 2, Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City, at about 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Dorosan’s taxi, a Toyota Avanza with plate number UVY-152, was recovered in front of the automobile firm Toyota Fairview located along Mindanao Avenue Extension, Barangay Greater Lagro, Quezon City, on or about 9 p.m. Saturday.

Police Supt. Rodel Marcelo, chief of the QCPD’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU), said Dorosan was found lying on his belly with both of his hands handcuffed on his back, with multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of his body.

Initial inspection conducted by the policemen on the vehicle revealed that driver Dorosan was identified through his identification card hung in the rear view mirror. Francis T. Wakefield


Air ambulance program launched in MIMAROPA

The air ambulance program of the Department of Health — MIMAROPA (Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) airlifted its first patient — a five-year- old girl who had a head injury —from Coron, Palawan to the Philippine General Hospital in Manila last Thursday, March 16.

Regional Director Dr. Ed Janairo said the air ambulance program of the Department of Health- MIMAROPA is the most effective and quickest response in saving a patient’s life, especially those who reside in remote and hard-to-reach areas where patients in critical condition needing immediate care can be transported right away to the nearest hospital without difficulty.

Marikina City is the first local government unit which expressed interest on the air ambulance program.

The air ambulance will be provided by the Philippine Adventist Medical Aviation Services, Incorporated (PAMAS) with the objective of transporting patients by air from an area with limited medical facility to an area where more adequate medical care is available. It is equipped with first-aid medical equipment and manned by a paramedic to provide immediate care.

Off-site Landing Zones (LZ) in every province will be designated for emergency medical evacuation for identified hospitals. Ground ambulance transfer to and from the landing zones from the originating hospital to the destination tertiary hospitals will be duly coordinated as well. Jerry J. Alcayde


QC donates mobile court house to SC

The Quezon City government turned over to the Supreme Court on Monday, March 20, a custom-built bus converted into a mobile court house for use by the High Court in its Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) program.

The donation brings to 10 the total number of mobile courts operated by the SC for its EJOW program.  Mayor Herbert Bautista said Quezon City is the first local government unit in Metro Manila to make such a donation to the Supreme Court.

Court Administrator Midas Marquez, who represented Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, said: “Makakaasa po kayong lahat ng mabilis na paggulong ng hustisya dito  sa pamamagitan ng EJOW program at iba pang reporma na ipinatutupad ng Korte Suprema (We can assure you  swift delivery of justice  through the EJOW program and other reforms  being enforced by the Supreme Court),” Marquez said.

Vice President Leni Robredo was principal witness during the ceremony. Chito A. Chavez


Churches prepare for Holy week

Churches all over the country have started preparing for the observance of Holy Week which starts on April 9, Palm Sunday.

At the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, a Lenten exhibit is currently ongoing to help the faithful spiritually prepare for the observance.

Dubbed “Pasion Gloria,” the exhibit features Filipino Lenten images from the 17th century to the present.

“The images depict the events and persons connected to the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. By looking at them, we are reminded of what Jesus did for us and for our salvation,” Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral, said.

The exhibit, which will run from March 19 to April 2, is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mondays to Saturdays) and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sundays).

Quiapo Church in Manila, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, added new features to the church to help the faithful better reflect not only during Holy Week, but also during the entire Lenten observance.

Among these are the markers placed on each Station of the Cross. It has been the practice of Catholics to recite the 14 Stations of the Cross during the “Visita Iglesia” (church visit) every Holy Thursday. Leslie Ann G. Aquino


9 in 10 Pinoys ‘happy and satisfied with life’

At least 9 in 10 Filipinos said they are happy and satisfied with life in general nowadays, making it the highest happiness rate in the past 20 years, based on a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results.

The nationwide survey conducted last December 3-6 among 1,500 respondents found that 91 percent of Filipinos were happy with life in general, with half of them (46 percent) “very happy,” and the other half (45 percent) “fairly happy.”

Meanwhile, 7 percent were not very happy, and 2 percent were not at all happy.

SWS noted that the latest figure is two points above the 89 percent very or fairly happy in June 2016, and the highest in 20 years since the record-high 92 percent in June 1996.

SWS also cited that out of 46 surveyed countries, the Philippines has the most number of people who rated themselves as completely happy with 31 percent; 25 percent said they were very happy, while 31 percent said they were fairly happy.

The country also ranks 11th overall in terms of general happiness with 87 percent. The highest ranked is Portugal with 95 percent, with Iceland, Argentina, Switzerland, and the United States rounding up the top 5.

In addition, the country ranks 16th overall in terms of general, and 36th overall in terms of being neither happy nor unhappy. Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Cop dies in daring ambush in Tarlac

Are drug syndicates fighting back?

This theory surfaced when a policeman was shot dead at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Barangay Paraiso here, a day after an armed encounter of a High Value Target (HVT) against another group of armed men at a neighboring barangay San Miguel.

Killed with multiple gunshot wounds was SPO3 Ruben Cortez, 53, of Barangay Paraiso, who is assigned at city police’s Police Community Precinct 4 based in Barangay San Miguel.

Witnesses said Cortez on the front passenger seat of a police mobile car driven by PO3 Gerald Dela Vega during their duty patrol.

“They were about to park … when armed men on board a white Toyota Crosswind, which was tailing them, fired at him. Cortez managed to disembark but was peppered with bullets”, said a witness.

“Definitely, the target was only Cortez; Dela Vega was not shot though he sustained minor injuries. Long and short types of gun were used”, said the witness.

Asked if Cortez’s gunning down was related to the alleged shoot-out of an unidentified HVT at Barangay San Miguel, Tarlac Police Provincial Director Ritchie Medrado Posadas said, “Wala pang malinaw (motive), patuloy pa rin ang imbestigation. Masyado pang maaga para mag-speculate”.

Another witness said a fierce gunfight happened a day before Cortez’s killing apparently involving a police HVT but the target allegedly managed to survive. It could not be verified if those involved were cops. Mar Supnad 

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  • Ros Feliciano

    These are the kinds of things we can contribute to our own people in nation building. Is there a need for us to elected officials and orchestrated for the good things done? Not at all necessary.