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Transport group head shot dead in Malabon

Sunday, 18 March 2018 00:00 Published in Metro

The Northern Police District (NPD) yesterday ordered the Malabon City police to dig deeper into the killing of a president of a jeepney drivers’ association who was shot dead by one of three men Friday night.
NPD director Chief Supt. Amando Clifton Empiso told reporters that he immediately instructed the city police to get into the bottom of the murder of Jerry Adolfo, 52, president of Sangandaan-Panghulo-Polo Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association and a Caloocan City resident.
Case officer PO2 Aaron Blanco said the victim died on the spot from a single bullet wound in the head.
Initial reports showed that Adolfo was driving a passenger jeepney (PVC-484) and was traversing along M.H. del Pilar St., Barangay Tinajeros around 7:57 p.m. when one of the three men, who posed as passengers, sat behind the victim.
Upon reaching in front of SME Child Development Center, one of them pulled out an unknown caliber of firearm and shot him once in the head at close range.
Other passengers, who witnessed the murder, hurriedly alighted from the vehicle while the perpetrators fled toward Kaingin Alley and made good their escape.
Responding cops recovered an empty shell from a still unverified caliber at the crime scene, reports said.
Police learned from one of the members of the transport group that Adolfo was the third president of their association killed in the past couple of years. 

There was no truth on reports that spread all over the city about more than a dozen of individuals who got killed after a fishing vessel tilted and sank in coastal area, Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco said on Friday.

What really had occurred was a minor incident that took place along the river in Barangay Tanza when a huge barge which was scheduled for repair in a shipyard crashed into two fishing bancas when the cable attached to the vessel loosened up while being pulled into a dry dock.
“Habang isinasampa yung vessel, nalagot yung kable kaya umatras yung vessel at habang umaatras, tinamaan pa yung dalawang bangka,” Tiangco told the Camanava Press Corps.
One of the fishermen, identified only as certain Rudy was able to jump to the river when he noticed that the barge was about to crash into his boat. He suffered minor bruises and contusion in the back and side of his body while two fishing boats docked in the area were totally damaged.
The huge barge also hit the concrete dike in the area causing undetermined amount of damage while the owner of the shipyard, the R & LT Shipyard and Realty Development Corp, said they will shoulder all the expenses, including the hospital bill of the injured fisherman and the damage to public and private properties.
In other development, Tiangco announced that the local government had hosted the nation-wide celebration of the 15th National Buntis Day and crowned the city’s Reynang Buntis 2018.
Tiangco has urged pregnant women to take advantage of the services offered at the Navotas City Hospital and barangay health centers.
“Good health is an investment to a good future. Monthly check-ups, appropriate nutrition, healthy lifestyle are simple steps that you can do to ensure the well-being of your children,” he said.
Expecting mothers present at the event were also given medical consultations, laboratory assessments such as blood typing and blood sugar test, and ultrasound scanning.
The city government said Armie Marcelino from the Barangay North Bay Boulevard North was crowned the first-ever Reynang Buntis 2018 while Barangay Sipac-Almacen’s Arleend Perez and Barangay Navotas East’s Shirley de los Reyes won first and second runners-up, respectively.
Winners received cribs and foldable mattresses, diapers, cash prizes and trophies, while hospital packages, baby clothes, baby bags and baby starter kits were given to all candidates.

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte has vowed to prioritize the relocation of more than 4,000 informal settler families (ISF) who are living in the so-called danger zones such as creeks.

The vice mayor said these ISF are the most vulnerable, thus the need to transfer them to safer grounds or be given decent homes to be provided by the city government.
“They are the most vulnerable,” Belmonte said in an interview, referring to the ISF, “not only to calamities but also to demolition. And when they are demolished, where will they go?”
She added: “They are at great risks so we should prioritize them,” she stressed when asked how she would address the squatting problem of Quezon City.
Since their shanties are also made up of light materials, these poor families are also susceptible to fires, she said.
“Can you imagine the disruption of the lives of their children and of themselves in terms of their livelihood just because they live in a very vulnerable environment with houses made of very light materials? And it’s not their fault,” Belmonte told the Quezon City Press Club as she underscored the need for more sustainable and affordable housing relocation for the ISF.
The city government has identified 4,228 ISF residing along waterways and road right-of-ways as the city’s priority for relocation.
Of this figure, 2,235 families are living along creeks and rivers such as the Calamiong Creek in Barangay Bagong Silangan which overflow during heavy rains.
Among the danger areas where ISF proliferate are San Juan River in Barangay Damayang Lagi, Timex in Barangay Santa Cruz, Nissan in Barangay Tatalon, Lagarian Creek in Barangay Obrero, Ermitanyo Creek in Barangay Mariana, Abra Creek in Barangay Ramon Magsaysay, Road 5 Creek in Project 6, Araneta Creek in Barangay Masambong, creekside in Barangay E. Rodriguez, Dario Creek in Barangay Bahay-Toro, Diliman Creek in Barangay Roxas and SSS Tullahan Creek at Barangay North Fairview.
Early this January, Belmonte joined a three-day workshop aimed at enacting the new Quezon City Housing Code.
This proposed Housing Code, she pointed out, aims to provide ISF and lower income families with decent and affordable houses that they can afford with their little income.


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