MANILA, Philippines–A huge fire broke out in Muntinlupa City Sunday night, according to tweets sent by netizens.
@tweetchertweens said the fire, “seen from where we are” was in Veco compound in Barangay (village) Buli, where factories and residences are located.
Some tweets said ashes from the fire fell as far as BF Homes in Parañaque City. SRCS Alabang, the official Twitter account of San Roque Catholic School twitted: “Ash falls in different areas of BF Homes in Parañaque due to fire in Notebook Factory in Muntinlupa.”
@angel_rej made a frantic call for more fire trucks to put out the fire, which was still raging at past midnight Monday. “Fire is going to Buli Elementary School’s direction,” Rejean Gorgonio tweeted.
The City of Parañaque has made it mandatory for all able-bodied residents who are at least 12 years old to plant one tree every year as part of the city government’s greening and environmental protection program.
Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez said he has signed into law City Ordinance 14-20 Series of 2014 mandating residents to plant a tree annually. The measure also aims to help meet the national government’s target of planting 1.5 billion seedlings in 1.5 million hectares of public lands until 2016.
Olivarez said under the ordinance, the city’s 16 barangays are tasked to find suitable public lands within their respective areas of jurisdiction where residents, especially those who do not have suitable spaces of their own, can plant trees to comply with the mandate.
The barangays are also mandated to maintain the planting sites and take care of the seedlings until they are fully grown.
“We need to encourage and constantly remind our people that it is our duty to protect the environment, and everyone can contribute to this noble cause simply by planting one tree every year,” Olivarez said.
“This is not only for us but for our future generations. By making sure that the seedlings are cared for until they grow into sturdy trees, we are confident that our collective endeavour will not be just a waste of time and resources,” the mayor added.
Authored by Councilor Florencia “Beng” Amurao, the City Council’s Majority Leader, the ordinance also declared August 14 of every year as Parañaque City Arbor Day to serve as a reminder about the urgent need to mitigate global warming and create a healthier environment.
Amurao, who chairs the Council’s committee on environment, cited Executive Order 26 issued in 2011 requiring all government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society groups, academic institutions and the private sector to work together and harmonize efforts to achieve the target of planting 1.5 billion seedlings until 2016.
Likewise, she cited Republic Act 10176, also known as the Arbor Day Act of 2012, mandating all able-bodied citizens who are at least 12 years old to plant one tree every year.
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Alert barangay tanods arrested a 26-year-old man shortly after his first cousin, who is only 15 years old, complained that she had been raped by the man in Parañaque City over the weekend.
The suspect, Marvin Repalda, denied the allegations when he and the complainant were presented yesterday to Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who praised the barangay tanods for swiftly acting on the complaint.
Repalda has undergone inquest proceedings before the City Prosecutor’s Office which recommended no bail based on the complainant’s sworn statement and a medico-legal report as well as the girl’s birth certificate showing that she is a minor.
“It is now up for the courts to decide on your innocence or guilt,” Olivarez told the suspect. “You will be accorded all the rights to defend yourself and present evidence to disprove the accusations of your cousin.”
The alleged rape took place in the girl’s house in Silverio Compound, Barangay San Isidro on the night of August 22. The girl reported the incident to the barangay the following night which led to her cousin’s immediate arrest.
San Isidro Barangay Chairman Eusebio “Kabayan” Japlos said the complainant’s parents were not around that night because her father is serving time at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa where her mother is also working as a vendor.
In her sworn statement, the girl said she and Repalda’s live-in partner along with two other friends had a drinking session in their house on the night of August 22. Around midnight, she said she got drunk and started throwing up so she went to their bathroom downstairs.
She claimed that her cousin followed her inside the bathroom where she raped her.
Repalda denied the allegations and said the girl has a boyfriend whom he said was probably the one who had sex with her on the night that the alleged rape happened.
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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Parañaque City has accepted the SM Land’s proposal to reclaim 300 hectares of land in Manila Bay within the city’s jurisdiction.
This is the SM Land’s second reclamation project with a local government unit. Last year, SM partnered with Pasay City for the reclamation project of land in Manila Bay within its jurisdiction.
The Parañaque Public-Private Partnership Selection Committee said it was only SM Land that had satisfactorily submitted a feasibility study that contained all the required components for the proposed reclamation project.
“The recommendation to accept SM proposal and the acceptance thereof by the City Mayor, have SM Land the ‘original proponent’ status,” it said.
Another proponent S&P Construction Technology Development Corp. failed to submit a complete feasibility study.
The PPS-SC said Paranaque city government and SM Land will now begin detailed negotiations on the terms and conditions of the reclamation project which involve technical and financial aspects.
The reclamation project will still be subjected to a competitive challenge to determine the most beneficial joint venture agreement for the city.
Last September, SM Land, submitted an unsolicited proposal to Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez for the reclamation project. The project was referred to the City Council.
However, Philippine Reclamation Authority said no reclamation activity can legally commence without their approval and the National Economic and Development Authority Board’s approval.
“No, they cannot proceed w that project. Per EO 146, a reclamation project will need recommending approval from PRA and subsequent approval by the NEDA board. If I recall right, no application so far received by PRA from Paranaque under the administration of Mayor Olivares,” PRA chief Peter Abaya told ANC.
SM is planning to develop and reclaim a combined 600 hectares of land in Manila Bay. The group is currently developing 60-hectare Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
At around 8pm Thursday last week, the gated BF Homes subdivision in Parañaque was perturbed by a car chase between the police and a black Mitsubishi Montero Sport. During the pursuit, which lasted some 45 minutes according to news reports, about five cars were hit by the SUV, until the cops fired a hail of bullets at the vehicle, killing its driver on El Grande Avenue.
When the TV stations first reported the news–including TV5, from which the screenshot above was grabbed–the Montero Sport driver was proclaimed as a carnapping suspect, and the vehicle a “hot car.” The guy deserved it, didn’t he?
Well, the following day, another story appeared in Pilipino Star Ngayon, a sister publication of Philippine Star. In the article, the shooting victim was identified as Timothy James Alon, an employee of “Mitsubishi Motors.” Alon’sFacebook page shows a business card stating his job as sales executive of Peak Motors Philippines, a Mitsubishi dealership located at 857 EDSA corner Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City.
It turned out that Alon’s Montero Sport wasn’t a hot car, but was personally owned by him. The intriguing part was the police’s revelation that a gun and four sachets of shabu had been recovered inside the SUV. The gun, they said, was the firearm Alon used to shoot at them during the car chase.
Now, the new angle is this: The cops spotted the Montero Sport being driven waywardly. When they tried to stop it, they said, the driver sped off, leaving the police with no other choice but to give chase.
At this point, it’s hard to tell the truth from media hogwash. Questions need to be asked, chief of which is:
How come Alon was initially tagged as a car thief, and the Montero Sport a hot car?
Was this a case of mistaken identity? Were incriminating items planted inside the SUV to justify the shooting? What does this say about our police force’s intelligence-gathering? And what does it say about the accuracy of information released by the authorities to the media?
What do you think?