Poe welcomes suspension of full implementation of driver-only vehicle ban on Edsa during rush hours

(Eagle News) — Senator Grace Poe welcomed the  suspension of the full implementation of the driver-only vehicle ban during rush hours on Edsa. “Time to go back to the drawing board to think hard what can be done to solve our traffic woes,” she said, after the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority announced the Aug. 23 schedule for the full implementation of the scheme would no longer push through. She said “policies should always be practical, […]

Three lawyers nabbed in Makati bar released pending further investigation

(Eagle News)–The three lawyers who were nabbed for “intimidation” and “obstruction of justice” in a Makati bar have been released pending “further investigation.” Makati Senior Assistant Prosecutor ordered the release of Lenie Rocel Rocha, Jan Vincent Soliven, and Romulo Bernard Alarkon, saying there was a need to determine what acts the three supposedly committed, especially as pertaining to the constructive possession of illegal drugs charge the police filed against them. Apart from this charge, the […]

Drug possession raps filed vs three lawyers nabbed in Makati bar

(Eagle News) — Drug possession charges were filed by the Makati Police against the three lawyers who were arrested during an inspection of a Makati bar on Thursday. The charges for “constructive possession” of the illegal substances were apart from the charges for violation of an ordinance prohibiting anyone from crossing a police line, for obstruction of justice, and resistance and disobedience to authorities charges filed against Lenie Rocel Rocha, Jan Vincent Soliven, and Romulo Bernard Alarkon. […]

SPD: Three lawyers nabbed during Makati bar inspection “harassed” the police

(Eagle News) — The police on Friday, Aug. 17, said the three lawyers they arrested for “intimidation” and “obstruction of justice” harassed them while they were conducting an inspection at the Time in Manila bar in Makati on Thursday, Aug. 17. According to Southern Police District director Tomas Apolinario, Leni Rocel Rocha, Jan Vincent Sambrano, and Romulo Bernard Alarkon, based on a report from Senior Inspector Jeson Vigilla of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit, “threatened” the […]

Makati court to immigration department: Issue hold departure order vs Peter Lim

(Eagle News) — The Makati Regional Trial Court has granted the Department of Justice’s request for a hold departure order to be issued against alleged drug lord Peter Lim. Acting Branch 65 Presiding Judge Gina Bibat-Palamos directed the Bureau of Immigration to issue the HDO, as requested by the DOJ in an ex-parte motion,  noting that Lim was a flight risk. Only State Prosecutor Herbert Calvin Abugan was present at the hearing on the ex-parte […]

MMDA: Full implementation of driver-only vehicle ban on Edsa during rush hours suspended for now

Dry-run of scheme to continue, however (Eagle News) — The full implementation of the driver-only vehicle ban on Edsa during rush hours originally scheduled on Aug. 23 has been suspended. This is according to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority General Manager Jojo Garcia, who held a press conference on Friday, Aug. 17. According to Garcia, the Metro Manila Council needs to convene first on the policy before its full implementation. Garcia said, however, that the dry-run of […]

QC suspends classes on Monday, Aug. 20

(Eagle News) — Classes in Quezon City on Monday, Aug. 20, have been suspended. A memorandum signed by City Administrator Aldrin Cuna said based on Mayor Herbert Bautista’s instructions, the suspension applies to all levels in public and private schools. The memo, dated Aug. 17, said the suspension was “to allow  the student community to commemorate the birth anniversary of President Manuel Luis Quezon in fitting localized ceremonies and activities.” “Appropriate remedial classes and/or additional […]

Pimentel to MMDA: Exempt senior citizens from driver-only vehicle ban on Edsa during rush hours

(Eagle News) — Senator Koko Pimentel on Friday, Aug. 17, urged the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to exempt senior citizens from the driver-only vehicle ban on Edsa during rush hours. “We should do everything we could to give utmost consideration to the elderly,” he said. According to Pimentel, “commuting in Metro Manila is admittedly very difficult, more so for senior citizens who may not be able to handle the physical stress that comes with taking […]

Heavy rains forecast for QC, other areas in next two hours

(Eagle News) — Heavy rains are expected over Cavite, Batangas, Laguna and Quezon within the next two hours. In an advisory issued shortly before 11 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the heavy rains will be accompanied by  lightning and strong winds due to thunderstorms. It said the same conditions were already being experienced in Quezon City; Rodriguez, San Mateo and Tanay in Rizal; and Norzagaray, Bulacan; and may persist within two […]

Duterte approves promotion of NCRPO Chief Eleazar to police director

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the promotion of National Capital Region Police Office Chief Guillermo Eleazar as police director. In his letter to Eduardo Año, officer in charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Duterte said that the approval was based on an endorsement of the chairman of the Civil Service Commission and the National Police Commission, and “in conjunction with” Republic Act 6975, which places the PNP under the […]

Palace to critics of driver-only vehicle ban on Edsa during rush hours: “Let’s give it a chance”

(Eagle News) — “Let’s give it a chance.” This was the message of the Palace to critics of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s driver-only vehicle ban on Edsa during rush hours. “Lahat naman po ine-explore natin para magkaroon ng solusyon dito sa problema ng traffic,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 16. According to Roque, the ban was “implemented….sa maraming parte ng daigdig..” “Hindi naman sila nagrereklamo ng discrimination. Talagang […]

PNP participates in nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill

(Eagle News) — The Philippine National Police took part in a nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill that was held in Camp Crame on Thursday afternoon, August 16. This activity, the third quake drill for the third quarter of the year, was participated in by uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of the PNP. The drill is part of the government’s campaign to promote education and create awareness among the public in case a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocks Metro […]