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Van of slain witness vs car theft gang found in Parañaque

A van allegedly used by a slain key witness who testified against a car theft gang has been recovered in Parañaque City, Radyo Inquirer 990AM said.

The report said a team from the Scene of the Crime Operatives are now verifying if the Grandia van was indeed used by Alfred Mendiola before he and two others were killed early Sunday, their bodies found bound along Salawag, Dasmariñas,Cavite around 6:30 a.m.

Mendiola was a witness against the Dominguez brothers gang.

Welding, call center training up in P’que

PARAÑAQUE- The Parañaque City Government and the North Star Training and Consultancy, Inc. will sponsor skills training on electric arc welding and call center job this month.

“Our local government is committed to generate jobs and improve the livelihood prospects of our citizens. We thank the business establishments and companies in Parañaque as those based in other parts of Metro Manila, the Northstar Training and Consultancy Inc. among them for supporting this aspiration,” Parañaque Mayor Jun Bernabe said.

The said training is also coordinated by the Office of Councilor Benjo Bernabe and the Parañaque Livelihood Management Office (PLRMO).

To qualify for call center training, applicants must be between 18 – 40 years old with at least two years college education. Applicants for skills training in welding should likewise be within said age bracket.

All applicants must have with them their bio-data and police clearance.

Assessment is scheduled Monday, May 7, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Executive Lounge at the second floor of the Parañaque City Hall.

For more information, please call the PLRMO at Tel. 820-6527 and 820-6528 or the Office of Councilor Bernabe at Tel. 825-4590.

Robredo: No more cops at demolitions

After the violent demolition at the Silverio Compound in Paranaque City last week, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Robredo ordered the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to refrain from extending police assistance to any demolition, pending a review of the law on informal settlers.

Robredo admitted that as DILG chief, he cannot stop any court from issuing demolition or eviction orders of informal settlers but he has the power to give orders to personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“For the meantime, I ordered NCRPO chief Director Alan Purisima not to extend any police assistance to plan demolition while a review on policy and law on demolition are being reviewed,” he said.

One person was killed while at least 40 others were injured when members of the demolition team and local policemen clashed with informal settlers in the Silverio Compound last April 23.

Robredo said his order for the NCRPO not to extend assistance during demolitions will stay until after “pre-demolition meetings” are a standard practice.

As part of the review, Robredo said he has invited all stakeholders – including the PNP, Commission on Human Rights, Presidential Commission on Urban Poor (PCUP), National Housing Authority, concerned local government units and complainant urban poor groups – to a dialogue next week in Camp Crame.

The DILG chief likened the scheduled meeting to a “timeout” called by a basketball team coach to give new instructions to his players to improve their performance, especially when they are performing poorly.

Robredo said he hopes to establish an organized and systematic policy on demolition activities because at present, there is no clear policy and regulations on demolition activities.

Under Republic Act 7279, also known as the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992, any eviction or demolition of informal family settlers is discouraged unless the affected residents have relocation or financial support.

Robredo, however, pointed out that the law permits demolition activities if the government has a pending project for the area or a court order.

Under Executive Order 708 issued last Feb. 26, 2008, PCUP was given the task of being a “clearing house” for demolition and eviction activities involving homeless and underprivileged citizens.

Parañaque demolition victim laid to rest

Arnel Leonor, the man who was killed in Monday's violent demolition at Silverio Compound in Parañaque City, was finally laid to rest on Sunday.

A National Bureau of Investigation report said Leonor was shot in the head at close range.

Residents of Silverio Compound and members of Anakbayan-NCR joined the family of Leonor during the funeral caravan wearing white shirts bearing the print “Hustisya para kay Arnel Leonor at sa lahat ng biktima ng karahasan at demolisyon sa Silverio Compound.”

In a statement released on Sunday, Anakbayan-NCR spokesperson Dianne Solmayor said they will not stop seeking justice for Leonor and other victims of the harsh demolition.

"Ultimately, we want justice for Arnel Leonor, for all the victims of this state's brutality and for all the families whose lives, homes and livelihood were destroyed by demolition," she said.

"As we lay to rest our young martyr, let us bury him with a pledge not to stop until this justice is served, let us bury him with a pledge to continue his fight until victory is attained," added Solmayor.

Analyn Miranda, spokesperson of Anakbayan-Silverio Compound Chapter, on the other hand, said it is disappointing that “lives must first be sacrificed before this government takes action.”

"However, their action, the indefinite suspension, is definitely not enough. What we want is a complete end to all demolitions, because a threat to our lives exists as long as our homes are at risk," she said.

The group is holding President Aquino’s Private Public Partnership programs accountable for what happened.

"It is clear that Noynoy Aquino's PPP only brings destruction to the people's lives, homes and livelihood. It reflects the government's over-all policy of putting the interests of big business over people's rights and welfare, and therefore must be exposed and opposed," Solmayor said.

Furthermore, the Alyansa ng Mamamayan sa Silverio and Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap-National Capital Region (Kadamay-NCR) said “the burial of Arnel Leonor will not bury the struggles of the urban poor sector against demolitions.”

Kadamay-NCR said “the death and burial of Leonor sparks up the flame of resistance against the anti-poor policies of the government of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III even brighter.”

Appeal for support

Meanwhile, residents of Tucuma community in Barangay Merville, Parañaque City have appealed to the Catholic Church for support over the looming demolition in the area.

Tucuma Federation said that based on the teachings of the Catholic Church, it is the people who should be prioritized first before profit.

Some 500 workers, youth and poor are expected to hold a long march on Monday to banner the call: "Stop to demolitions, Housing and jobs for all."

Parañaque Students Go Into SPES

The Parañaque City government announced this weekend that a total of 350 students in the city were accepted and given the opportunity to be part of the city’s yearly Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES).

Mayor Florencio Bernabe said the SPES allows students with ages 17 to 25 years to have an “on- the-job train¬ing” in the city government offices to make their summer productive and enriching experience.

Bernabe said that apart from get¬ting a “hands-on” in the facets of gov¬ernment service, SPES beneficiaries also get remuneration.

He said that SPES stipend this year is P420/day and 60% of their al¬lowance will be provided by the city government while the 40% will come from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The mayor said that the program is coordinated by the Parañaque Livelihood Resource Management Office in cooper¬ation with the City Secretariat and the Office of Councilor Benjo Bernabe.

“This program not only allows students to gain work experience; it also affords means for students to earn income which they may use for their enrolment in college or for the purchase of textbooks. More impor¬tantly, we believe that the program helps instill work values like diligence and dedication to work. Being a great help to students especially those from poor families,” Benjo says.

Another Parañaque slum colony braces for demolition

Armed with plastic bags filled with human waste, residents of Tucuma community in Barangay (village) Merville, Parañaque City, were already up at 6 a.m. Thursday, prepared to defend their houses from being torn down.

The day came and went, however, without the demolition team making an appearance.

The 1,000 families living in the compound have been bracing for a standoff with authorities since the start of the week after they received a court order for the demolition of their houses.

According to the order from the Parañaque Municipal Trial Court Branch 78, the demolition was supposed to push through Thursday.

The court, however, could not be reached for comment on why its order was not implemented.

On the other hand, Senior Superintendent Billy Beltran, Parañaque police chief, told the Inquirer in a phone interview that no one had coordinated with them about providing security to the demolition team, not even the court.

Guards stationed at the only entrance to Tucuma compound also did not know when the demolition of houses in the area would push through.

“No one talked to us about the supposed demolition. However, if the sheriff arrives with a proper demolition order, we will let them in,” said Mauro Papa, one of the guards employed by Molave Development Corp., the firm which owns the property.

The Tucuma lot is just one of four pieces of land owned by the company, which is run by the Tinitigan family of Parañaque.

Papa and the other security guards are stationed at the only entrance to the property—a small iron gate that leads to rows and rows of shanties.

Access to the compound is strictly controlled, with residents required to present a gate pass upon entry.

Inside the compound, Ramil Asturias, along with other residents, said that they have been watching out for the demolition team for days.

“Even if no one came to demolish our houses today, we [will remain] alert and vigilant in case they come in the next days,” he added.

“We have lived peacefully here for years but we will resist any attempt to forcibly evict us from our homes,” Asturias said.

He also reiterated their plea for Parañaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr. to intervene in the matter. According to the residents, the Tucuma lot is a government-owned property by virtue of an ordinance issued in 2000.

For his part, Bernabe admitted that an ordinance seeking the expropriation of the lot was approved in 2000 although it was opposed by the Tinitigan family and their firm.

“It (the ordinance) was challenged in court twice, and in both times, the family won. So the land is still with the family. It is still private property,” he said.

On Monday, a violent clash between residents of Silverio Compound, also in Parañaque City, and policemen securing a demolition team left a resident dead and 39 others injured.

Merville settlers ready sewage bags to repel demolition teams

Residents of a private compound in Parañaque City on Thursday prepared plastic bags full of human waste to repel demolition teams which were ordered to demolish their homes.

Residents at Tucuma Compound in Barangay Merville placed human waste in plastic bags that they placed in a large drum, to throw at the demolition team, radio dzBB's Sam Nielsen reported.

"Isip namin ang hindi nakakasakit (We want to repel them but we don't want to cause injuries)," said one of the residents, Ramil Asturias.

However, other residents were reported on GMA News TV to have stockpiled bottles for throwing at police and demolitions teams.

Asturias said the families in the area have lived there for decades and it would be hard for them to find work if they are relocated.

The dzBB report said the residents expect the demolition to occur any day this week, possibly Thursday morning.

Only last Monday, at least one person was killed while 39 were injured after violence marred the demolition of stalls at the Silverio Compound in Parañaque City.

Meanwhile, in Quezon City, residents at a compound in Commonwealth village whose homes may be demolished anytime held a vigil Wednesday night.

Some 40 families at a compound in Commonwealth compound said they are not budging even after a 30-day notice of eviction for them was to lapse Thursday, radio dzBB's Rodil Vega reported.

Another demolition looms in Parañaque

Days after the deadly demolition attempt at the Silverio compound, another area in Parañaque City is set to be demolished on Thursday.

Residents of Tucuma, Merville trooped to the office of Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr. on Wednesday, seeking to stop the demolition.

The mayor, however, said he cannot do anything because a court has given the order.

Bernabe said he could be charged with contempt if he defies the court order.

Residents now vow to do everything to stop the demolition, and some have already started guarding the gate of the compound.

Bernabe, meanwhile, also said Wednesday that the demolition of structures at the Silverio compound will push through.

Angry residents said they are determined to stop the demolition at all costs.

City officials have already sent a dozen security guards to Silverio compound, where violence broke out between residents and police on Monday.

Bernabe urged residents to allow a private developer to build a condominium in the area.

Based on the mayor's computation, each family will pay around P1,800 a month for 25 years for a 24-square-meter property each.

Lydia Montero, who has been living in Silverio since the 1980s, rejects the idea.

"Puro kami tensyonado, hindi kami nakakatulog, dahil alam naming babalik at babalik sila, di pa kami kalmado," she said.

29 face raps for Parañaque violence

Twenty-nine people, including 3 minors, are facing charges for their alleged participation in the riot during Monday’s demolition at the Silverio Compound in Parañaque City.

Chief Inspector Enrique Sy of the Parañaque City police investigation section said the 29 residents are facing charges of violating Revised Penal Code articles 151 (resistance and disobedience to a person in authority); and 153 (disturbance of public orders).

The 29 residents are also facing alarm and scandal charges.

Parañaque Police chief Senior Superintendent Billy Beltran said 24 men; 2 were women; and 3 were minors (between the ages 15 and 18) were arrested.

Police initially arrested 33 residents, but 4 of them were released after they were discovered to be under the age of 15.

Under Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, anyone below the age of 15 is exempt from any criminal liability.

Commission on Human Rights chair Etta Rosales, meanwhile, called for an investigation on reports that the violence during the demolition was started by protesters who were not residents of the barangay.

Various groups condemned the violence during Monday’s demolition at Silverio Compound. Among the groups that condemned the violence were the End Impunity Alliance, Promotion for Church People's Response, Anakpawis, Bayan, COURAGE and Karapatan.

Charity fun run set in Parañaque

PARAÑAQUE- The Parañaque City government and the Rotary International District 3830, Rotary Homes Foundation, and the Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP) Foundation will host a charity fun run on April 22, Sunday.

“More than an activity for keeping healthy and fit, "Home Run 2" is an opportunity to help build the lives of the less fortunate by providing them a decent home while protecting the environment,” said Parañaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr.

The upcoming fun run will help support Rotary Home’s socialized housing project that aims to build 1,000 homes in a 4.2-hectare property along the C-5 Extension Road near Multinational Village within the next seven to 10 years.

The said housing project will serve as a relocation site for the informal settlers who are presently living along the bank of Pasig River.

Aside from providing new homes to informal settlers, the project will also in effect be saving the Pasig River from further pollution.

Home Run 2 is hosted by the following Rotary Clubs of District 3830: RC Palanyag Parañaque; RC Makati San Antonio; RC Makati West; RC Makati North; RC Parañaque Metro South; RC Parañaque Poblacion; RC Makati San Lorenzo; RC Parañaque Southwest; and RC Makati.

Also providing support services are the Parañaque Youth and Sports Development Office headed by Louie Perez, Youth and Sports Adviser Carlo Bernabe and the City Tourism Office under Marilou Fontejon.

The fun run is divided into four categories: 5k and 3k runs, 1k kids’ dash and 1k unity walk. The entry fee is as follows: P500 (5k and 3k) and P400 (1k dash and 1k unity walk).

Assembly time is at 5:30 a.m. at SM City Sucat Building B in Brgy. San Dionisio. Race venue is at the Parañaque C-5 Extension overlooking the RI 3830 Rotary Homes Foundation Parañaque socialized housing site.

Parañaque bans pigeon raising near NAIA

The Parañaque City governbment has passed an ordinance, banning the raising of pigeons and other birds within eight miles or 13 kilometers radius from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The city council passed City Ordinance No. 12-02, Series of 2012, authored by City councilor Eric Baes. The ordinance amended Municipal Ordinance No. 93-08, Series of 1993 that stipulated the prohibition on the raising of bird species in the immediate vicinity of the NAIA.

The passage of the ordinance stemmed from the request of Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado to Parañaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. to widen the area stated in the old ordinance in the interest of aviation safety and in compliance to standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Birds in flight are known to cause air accidents as birds on the ground can compromise aircraft take-offs and landings.

“To ensure the safety of international air travelers flying in and out of the country via NAIA as well as our residents and the general public, we need to expand the restrictions on the raising of pigeons and other bird species within the air safety radius of our international airport,” Bernabe said.

Under the amended ordinance, it would be unlawful for any person, entity, partnership, corporation or association to breed, raise or domesticate pigeons and other species of birds within eight miles/13 kilometers or 12,800 meters radius from the City of Parañaque boundary adjoining the NAIA.

“The City of Parañaque will assist and cooperate with the MIAA and the national government to ensure and promote aviation safety without necessarily jeopardizing the bird sanctuary in our city,” Bernabe said.

Violators will be penalized with a fine of not less than P1,000 nor more than P5,000 or imprisonment of not less 10 days and not more than 30 days or both at the discretion of the court.

P’que local chief intensifies mobile, foot patrols this Holy Week

PARAÑAQUE- Parañaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr. ordered the local police to intensify its mobile and foot patrol routines during the Holy Week.

According to Bernabe, many residents make their retreat to their home provinces during this Lenten season.

“We want to make sure that visitors, motorists, residents, and their homes are safe during the Holy Week rush and this is why we have ordered the local protective services to heighten their alert status,” Bernabe said.

He added that aside from increased police visibility, he also tasked the local police to set up citizen assistance desks in the following areas: SM Sucat in Brgy. San Dionisio and SM Bicutan in Brgy. Don Bosco, and in churches including the Redemptorist Church in Brgy. Baclaran, St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Brgy. La Huerta, and in St. Anthony de Padua in Brgy. San Antonio.

Bernabe also instructed the local Bureau of Fire Protection to be on alert status.

The city government will likewise put up motorist assistance centers along the Coastal Road in coordination with the Public Estates Authority Toll Corporation (PEATC).

Meanwhile, the local chief executive urged residents to take fire safety measures and secure their homes first before leaving.