The Muntinlupa Central Fire Station of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) will conduct water rescue training for its personnel and barangay volunteers in preparation for the coming rainy season in support of the Disaster Preparedness Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In a statement posted on the DILG website, Muntinlupa City Fire Marshal C/Insp. Rodrick Aguto said this training will be conducted in the eight flood-prone barangays of the city, except Ayala Alabang, that are located near the Laguna Lake.

“We have to undertake efforts to train our personnel as well as barangay volunteers so that they will be better prepared when calamities strike in these low-lying areas,” Aguto said.

The Muntinlupa City Fire Chief, however, did not state any definite date for the training but said that it will start anytime this month near the lake along Alabang area.

Aguto said his office will coordinate with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other concerned agencies to request them to share their knowledge, skills, and expertise in the conduct of the water rescue training program.

“Although fire personnel had already been trained on water rescue in the past, we have to constantly update our skills,” he said.

BFP’s mission is to save lives and properties and its personnel are always the first responders in major calamities and disasters such as the Guihulngan earthquake and Davao flashflood.

BFP Muntinlupa has amphibian and rubber boats that can be used in case of floods and other emergencies.

Earlier, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo called on the support of local government units and all agencies under its jurisdiction to aim for zero casualties in times of disasters. (SGDL/JCRP/DILG/RJB/JCP/PIA NCR)


By Aie Balagatas See

MANILA, Philippines – A Muntinlupa court has ordered the arrest of the city government’s former bids and awards committee official accused of pocketing P800,000 and usurpation of authority.

Judge Restituto Mangalindan Jr. issued the warrant for the arrest of Abel Sumabat last May 28.

The case stemmed from the charges filed by Bryan San Pedro, head of the Bids and Awards Committee, who accused Sumabat of pocketing P873,000.

San Pedro said he discovered the alleged anomaly after Sunstar Security Agency went to his office last February demanding payment for their services.

Sumabat, who has filed several graft charges against Mayor Aldrin San Pedro before the Ombudsman, never appeared during the investigation of the case.

Sumabat believes the mayor retaliated against him after he charged him with P3.1 billion graft before the Office of the Ombudsman.        

A reader messaged us and asked us if we could warn residents of Soldiers Hills Village in Muntinlupa about a riding in tandem thieves going around the area.

According to the concerned reader, the suspects act as if they are just doing something on their motorcycles but in reality are observing those they can victimize.

He gave an instance wherein the riders pulled on the bag of a girl who did not let go of her bag. The girl was dragged several feet because of this. This was around 8pm.

“Di namen sila ma-identify kase mga naka-helmet,” said the concerned reader.

There were also instances wherein these riders would position themselves across some houses then as soon as the owner of the house enters their property, the suspects would barge into the house with them.

“Security is not enough. We should all help each other in ensuring the safety in our community,” said the reader, adding that residents should report suspicious-looking men hanging around the neighborhood to authorities immediately.

Wow. Even after the Muntinlupa Police asked them to stop and disperse already.

What the Muntinlupa policeman also said was just sad and frustrating.

Watch the video here:


By Ina Reformina

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has junked an administrative complaint against a Court of Appeals (CA) associate justice arising from a homeowners dispute in Muntinlupa City.

In an en banc court ruling, the high court dismissed the complaint against Justice Socorro Inting “for want of substance.”

In their complaint, officers and trustees of Katarungan Village Homeowners Association, Inc. of Barangay Poblacion, Muntinlupa City accused Inting of committing grave misconduct, grave abuse of authority, and conduct unbecoming of a Court of Appeals Justice.

Complainants claimed it was wrong for the magistrate to have joined some members of the association in filing complaints against its several newly elected officers in June 2010 before the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). The dispute stemmed from a split in the composition of the association’s set of officers and trustees; Inting comes from one of the two factions.

The high court said Inting, as a trustee of her village’s homeowners association, has the right take a position in any legitimate issue that might arise in the course of the discharge of her duties [as village officer].

“She could of course be wrong on those issues but it is not for this that she can be subjected to administrative action… None of those issues are related to her work as Justice of the CA,” the decision read.

The high court said that while it is its duty to investigate every allegation of wrong doing against judges and other court personnel, “it is also its duty to protect them (judges/justices) from frivolous charges.”

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