Priest asks for unwed teen mom’s forgiveness in handwritten letterBy Ivan Angelo de Lara | INQUIRER.net 1:00 pm | Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Video taken from Jieve Frias’ Facebook page
MANILA, Philippines – After issuing a public apology for berating an unwed teenage mom during her child’s baptism, a Catholic priest in Cebu on Tuesday reached out to the 17-year-old mother through a handwritten letter.
“Allow me to express my deep regret for the painful action I’ve done to all of you and those who witnessed it. I had no intention of saying that in front of all of you. I deeply regret this and I beg you to forgive me for what I did last July 6, 2014 in the chapel of the Sacred Heart,” Father Romeo Obach of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Latin: Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris – C.Ss.R) said in the letter which was written in Cebuano. The young mother received the note on Wednesday.
He wrote that he also wanted to meet the young mom again so that he could apologize to her personally.
The Commission on Human Rights visited the young mother on Wednesday. In a tweet by Cebu Daily News, she said she and her family would no longer pursue a case against the priest.
On Sunday, Obach scolded the teen mom during the baptism of her baby for “sleeping with a man who was not [her] husband.”
“Makauulaw.Magpabunyag ka og walay bana. Nakig dug ka og laki nga dili nimo bana. Wala ma mauwaw Naka dungog ba na nako, dai? Wala ka mauwaw? (How shameful. You come here to have your child baptized without a husband. You slept with a man who is not your husband. Do you hear me, girl? Aren’t you ashamed?)” Obach said. The video of the incident, which was posted by the baby’s grandmother on Facebook, quickly became viral.
On Tuesday, Obach issued a public apology for the “words [he] said and the rude attitude [he] showed” during the baby’s baptism.
“I deeply regret that I have done this. I only later realized how cruel my ways to educate and impart lessons for the said event. I am deeply sorry to the mother of the child, her relatives, the sponsors and the witness of the incident. I am sorry to the Internet viewers, to the media listeners and the viewers for this mistake. I personally admit. I am deeply sorry and I humbly ask your forgiveness. I execute this statement of apology on this 8th day of July 2014 at Cebu City,” he said. Translation provided by Eileen Mangubat, Cebu Daily News publisher and acting editor-in-chief
Zamboanga ‘conjugal tents’ seenPhilippine Daily Inquirer 12:07 am | Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
ZAMBOANGA CITY— The city government is thinking of building “conjugal spaces” for couples who lack privacy in their own tents in evacuation centers.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, in a press briefing on Monday, said the building of “conjugal spaces” was being considered to address a “natural” and “urgent need.”
Dr. Marcy Carpizo, director of Peace and Human Security at Western Mindanao State University, earlier suggested the construction of “a tent or a room where couples could express their sexual needs away from their children.”
“The special room or tent will spare the children from witnessing their parents’ sexual activity,” Carpizo said in an earlier interview with the Inquirer.
On Monday, Salazar urged Carpizo, who is also the national president of the Philippines Against Child Trafficking, to be part of the city’s protection cluster for the evacuees.
The idea was commendable for evacuee Isnira Jimlani, except that, she said, she would be ashamed to line up for the “conjugal space.” “What if there’s a long line?” the mother of 14 children asked.
Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, city health officer, said the idea of building a conjugal space was first brought up in October last year, weeks after Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members attacked villages here, displacing hundreds of thousands of residents.
The fighting between government forces and MNLF members left thousands of residents homeless.
But Agbulos said most of the evacuees did not see the conjugal space acceptable. “They said it would not sound and look good to see persons getting in and out of that tent,” Agbulos said.
He said another earlier suggestion was “to give coupons to couples to be accommodated in motels.”
He said some religious leaders were against the plan.
Fatima Pir Allian, program coordinator of Nisa Ul Haqq Fi Bangsamoro (Women for Justice in the Bangsamoro), said conjugal spaces could be simply described as “sex tents.”
“The local government should address the situation on sex, rape and whatnot by providing a decent home for the families,” Allian said.
“[A home] that is not shared by more than one family. A home that has division of spaces for the unique needs of children and their parents,” Allian added.
Professor Alih Aiyub, secretary general of the National Ulama Council of the Philippines, said building a conjugal tent would “not be a wise decision.”
“You invite the young to imagine dirty, malicious thoughts as they watch couples come in and out of the tent. The government should instead build temporary shelters,” Aiyub told the Inquirer. Julie S. Alipala, Inquirer Mindanao
Rice price hikes: No end seenPhilippine Daily Inquirer 12:12 am | Saturday, June 21st, 2014
SAN JOSE CITY—Millers have been buying husked rice (palay) from traders at P26 per kilogram, which may push the prices of commercial rice in the market even higher in the coming months.
“P26 had been the buying price offered by the traders. We are forced to buy (the palay at that price) otherwise we will run short of supply for our clients,” said Edgardo Alfonso, president of the 26-member San Jose City Rice Millers Association.
The traders, whose number surged during the peak of the harvest season from March to April, competed with rice millers in buying newly harvested grains, Alfonso said, adding that they are now selling the rice back to the millers after keeping the stocks for weeks.
The fresh palay harvest was bought at a farm-gate price of P19 to P21 a kg. In past harvest seasons, the buying price for the grains was P14 to P15 a kg.
“We were caught by surprise by the high buying price of palay that prevailed during the last harvest season,” Alfonso told the Inquirer.
He said the rice millers here bought only 70 percent of palay during the harvest season for their milling needs. The milled rice will have a high selling price because of the steep buying price of palay, he said.
“The P2 per kilogram price hike of rice now was the result of that (increased palay cost),” he said.
At the current P26 per kilogram price, the wholesale selling price of rice may increase from P39 to P45 a kg for premium commercial rice.
“Based on that simple computation, we will have an idea how much the selling price of commercial rice would be during the lean months,” Alfonso said.
Rice millers here supply about 30,000 bags of milled rice daily to their clients in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog provinces and Cebu.
In Laoag City, the Ilocos Norte garlic growers and processors announced they would expand their garlic plantations from 2,000 to 3,000 hectares.
Mergie Selga, president of the group of local garlic growers and processors, said she believed the high price of garlic in the market was due to low supply.
Selga said garlic growers sold their remaining stocks when prices went up to a high of P260 a kilogram in Ilocos region and P300 a kilogram in Metro Manila.
Following a meeting of the National Garlic Action Team, she said the group may welcome garlic importation in July to augment supply. Anselmo Roque, Inquirer Central Luzon; and Leilanie Adriano, Inquirer Northern Luzon
Pangasinan mayor killed on eve of anniversary, son’s weddingBy Gabriel Cardinoza and Yolanda Sotelo | Inquirer Northern Luzon 12:23 am | Sunday, June 8th, 2014
DAGUPAN CITY – Two armed men shot and killed Urbiztondo town Mayor Ernesto Balolong Jr., his police escort and an electrician on Saturday near an area in the town where the mayor was supposed to hold his 25th wedding anniversary party today, Sunday.
Balolong was at the back of the town’s convention center around 8:50 a.m. when armed men in a Toyota Innova drove up and opened fire, police said.
The mayor was inspecting the venue for his wedding anniversary and for the wedding of his son, Urbiztondo Councilor Voltaire Balolong, which were to take place simultaneously.
The gunmen alighted from the Innova and had calmly approached the mayor before they opened fire, according to a witness.
The witness said Balolong managed to scamper away but was felled by another shot. One of the gunmen approached Balolong and shot him at point-blank range, the witness said.
Police said Balolong and his escort, Police Officer 1 Eliseo Ulanday (not Umanday as earlier reported), were the apparent targets of the attack. Edmund Meneses, a supermarket electrician, was caught in the barrage of the bullets.
The attack also wounded Jose Vigilia, an employee of CSI Supermarket, and Rogelio Esguerra, a soy drink vendor.
Balolong was immediately taken to Elguira General Hospital in San Carlos City. But Dr. Samuel Elguira, owner of the hospital, said the mayor was already dead when he arrived in the hospital about an hour later, 9:55 a.m.
“He had 27 gunshot wounds in his chest, his back and his arms,” Elguira said.
Senior Superintendent Sterling Raymund Blanco, Pangasinan provincial director, said investigators found an abandoned dark gray Innova at Barangay Cayaoan Kiling in San Carlos City two hours after the shooting.
Balolong, a member of the Liberal Party, first served as town councilor in 1998. He ran for vice mayor in 2001 and 2004 and lost in both elections. In 2007, he was elected mayor.
In August 2012, the provincial board slapped Balolong with a 60-day preventive suspension over an administrative complaint filed by a former town treasurer.
In March this year, Balolong was again suspended for 60 days for another administrative case filed against him in the provincial board.
But Malacañang set aside both suspension orders.
A month before he was suspended in 2012, police raided Balolong’s house and poultry farm in Urbiztondo and found a cache of firearms. But because the 14 weapons found were all licensed, no charges were filed.
In November last year, National Bureau of Investigation agents raided Balolong’s house and farm. The agents were apparently looking for the weapon used in the killing of a Pangasinan politician and his wife in Manila in 2012.
Balolong was arrested and detained at the NBI office in Metro Manila. But after a week, he was released with no charges filed against him.
Pangasinan town mayor shot dead
Power co-op to refund overpaymentPhilippine Daily Inquirer 12:07 am | Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
URDANETA CITY—The Pangasinan Electric Cooperative (Panelco) III said it would return to its consumers the excess of the generation cost it had collected in December last year and in January this year.
In leaflets given to consumers, Panelco III said the excess amount would be converted into rebates that would be reflected in the June and July billings.
But it was not clear yet how much the power distribution utility would return to its consumers. Panelco III has some 200,000 consumers in 16 eastern Pangasinan towns and in Urdaneta City.
Jeline Sales, head of Panelco III’s institutional services department, said the adjustment was being computed by the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC), operator of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market.
On March 11, the Energy Regulatory Commission voided the electricity spot market prices implemented in December 2013 and January this year. It ordered PEMC to recompute the generation charges that distribution utilities had passed on to their consumers.
Sales said about 30 to 40 percent of the generation cost would be refunded for the December billing and about 25 to 30 percent for the January billing.
In December, Panelco III increased its power rate by P5.6 per kilowatt-hour, raising its residential rate from P9.8 per kWh to P15.4 per kWh. The following month, the rate was reduced by only more than P1 per kWh.
Board Member Ranjit Shahani, a Panelco III consumer, said he was happy with the refund but noted that Panelco III might have also miscalculated previous generation costs.
Shahani and his mother, former Sen. Leticia Ramos-Shahani, had asked a local court to issue a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to stop Panelco III from implementing the power rate increase while the petition was being heard.
“This is just a partial refund. They (Panelco III) will refund more in the future,” Shahani said by telephone.
Coal plant can’t ease power woesPhilippine Daily Inquirer 12:06 am | Saturday, May 10th, 2014
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—A coal plant that is expected to ease the shortage of power in Mindanao has resumed operations, but the amount of electricity it is generating is barely enough to fill the wide power gap that continues to bring daily brownouts to many parts of the island.
The plant, owned by Steag State Power Inc. (SPI), resumed the running of one of its turbines, which has a generating capacity of 105 megawatts on Wednesday.
But as of Thursday, demand for power across Mindanao was 1,277 MW and supply was only 873 MW, or a deficiency of 354 MW, more than half of what the coal plant owned by SPI is able to produce.
In this city alone, demand is 140 MW but Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light Co. is getting only 35 MW, causing up to 12 hours, or half a day, of brownouts daily.
Carsten Evers, SPI power plant manager, said Unit 2 of the SPI coal facility went online around 8:55 p.m. on Wednesday, a day ahead of target.
“We are happy to announce that SPI has added 105 MW to the grid and we hope that this will provide some relief in the precarious power supply condition of Mindanao,” Evers said in a statement.
Evers also said SPI was currently rushing work on the repair of Unit 1 to be able to put it back online on June 1 or earlier.
“We recognize the necessity and urgency of bringing the units back online and rest assured that we are doing our best to restore our full capacity the soonest possible time,” Evers said.
He said SPI employees were working round the clock to complete the repair of Unit 1 to restore the power plant’s full capacity.
SPI’s coal plant went offline on Feb. 27 after its turbines suffered damage. The cause of the damage was not made known.
Evers said preventive maintenance of the plant was ongoing concurrently with repair and restoration works.
SPI’s plant in Misamis Oriental province is the first coal-powered generating facility to operate in Mindanao.
It has two identical generators, each with a net capacity of 105 MW, or a combined net generating output of 210 MW.
Since its full commercial operation in November 2006, SPI has delivered more than 10 billion kilowatts per hour of electric power to the Mindanao grid, accounting for about a fifth of the island’s total power supply. Bobby Lagsa, Inquirer Mindanao
Mindanao power crisis: Crime spike tied to brownoutsPhilippine Daily Inquirer 12:04 am | Friday, May 9th, 2014
DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Police are seeing a link between the power shortage that is gripping this city and other parts of Mindanao and a spike in the number of crimes in areas plagued by outages that last up to more than seven hours a day.
In this city alone, Senior Supt. Vicente Danao Jr., city police chief, said the number of crimes that police have recorded has increased by 45 percent, or nearly half, in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year.
The city and other parts of Mindanao started to be plagued by brownouts in March as a result of a shortage in electricity that was made worse by the reduced output of two hydropower facilities—Angus and Pulangi—that supply 60 percent of Mindanao’s power.
Danao said by March, when the outages started being more frequent and longer, police started to record at least 58 crimes a day up from the 32 crimes reported daily in the same period last year.
He said in the first three months of the year alone, 4,000 crimes have been committed mostly against persons and property.
Danao said he believed the rotating brownouts are to blame for the spike in crimes.
For instance, he said, the outages are rendering CCTV cameras, which help in crime prevention and investigation, useless.
“Zero visibility,” said Danao. “You cannot see in the dark even if you have a generator,” he added.
He said police had to resort to extra effort, like increased visibility, to fill the gap that anticrime measures being crippled by the outages have left.
“I myself go on patrol,” said Danao.
Col. Casiano Monilla, head of the anticrime Task Force Davao, said soldiers, too, have been deployed to strategic areas in the city to help police fight crime amid the brownouts.
He said 17 members of the task force are to roam the city aboard motorcycles as a crime prevention measure.
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the city government plans to hire at least 1,000 watchmen to help law enforcers keep peace and order.
Each watchman would be paid P6,000 per month and get training on peacekeeping, said Duterte. They may also be issued firearms, he said.
“We have to give them more police power,” said the mayor.
In Cotabato City, police and military authorities said they were also bracing for a surge in criminality, particularly kidnappings, because of the outages.
“This is a united effort to quell lawlessness and terrorism that may occur at night while we are experiencing brownouts,” said Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesperson of the 6th Infantry Division.
Hermoso said Senior Supt. Rolen Balquin, Cotabato City police chief, agreed to conduct weekly meetings on the anticrime campaign to keep authorities updated.
Ramil Masukat, head of the Radio Emergency Communication Network (Recon), an anticrime watchdog, said his group would help authorities fight crime in Cotabato City.
Recon members are armed with VHF radios that they can use to report crimes, he said.
The outages are also disrupting the ongoing registration of new voters in Kidapawan City, which is being plagued by up to six hours of brownouts daily.
Diosdado Javier, Kidapawan election officer, said the outages are slowing the processing of voter applications.
Javier said his office has requested for a generator from the Commission on Elections main office in Manila but there has been no response yet. Reports from Allan Nawal, Williamor Magbanua, Charlie Señase and Eldie Aguirre, Inquirer Mindanao
Let DPWH do its job, says official sued by MMDABy Jerry E. Esplanada | Philippine Daily Inquirer 4:00 am | Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
MANILA, Philippines—A week after he was charged by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for the “unauthorized reblocking” of a portion of C5 Road during morning rush hour, a Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) official said on Wednesday that he was sure he did not violate the law.
Pasig City District Engineer Roberto Nicolas added that he and other DPWH officials were “determined to complete the unfinished road project in coordination with concerned agencies, including the MMDA.”
But at the same time, he urged MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino to allow the DPWH to “conduct preventive maintenance and repair works on national roads damaged by heavy
He and other DPWH-National Capital Region officials noted that the quality of several national roads in Metro Manila—like the Congressional Avenue Extension and Mindanao Avenue, both in Quezon City—has deteriorated.
The busy thoroughfares were among those designated as “truck routes” by a Malacañang-created inter-agency task force on traffic management which includes the Department of Transportation and Communications and MMDA, they said.
DPWH-Quezon City District Engineer Roseller Tolentino said that they were “ready to conduct the much-needed road repairs,” stressing that the repair and maintenance of national roads and bridges were part of their mandate.
QC Assistant District Engineer Edilberto Quiambao reported that their field personnel and motorists had observed a lot of cracks on Congressional Avenue Extension.
“Cracks have appeared on the heavily-stressed roads. They were caused mainly by passing trucks and other heavy vehicles,” he said.
However, the DPWH officials lamented that their hands were tied since they “still need to secure a permit from the MMDA before embarking on a road repair activity.”
Under the present setup, DPWH road construction and repair teams and private contractors can do only “asphalt patches” and other piecemeal repairs on deteriorating roads.
The MMDA has the final say in the issuance of permits for road construction and repair projects, like the ongoing concrete reblocking of sections of Edsa, the busiest thoroughfare in the metropolis, and its planned P3.7-billion major rehabilitation.
Nicolas called on Tolentino to let them carry out their “main tasks, our mandate at DPWH.”
The two tangled last week after Tolentino sued him in the Office of the Ombudsman for grave misconduct, abuse of authority and grave ignorance of the law.
The road reblocking on C5 Road last Wednesday morning caused a massive traffic jam that lasted for hours, stretching all the way to Quezon City.
“They just tore up the road,” Tolentino had said at that time, adding that the DPWH-NCR office and the Pasig City government did not coordinate with his agency before conducting the road repair.
Some DPWH officials, meanwhile, took up the cudgels for Nicolas as they chided Tolentino for “overreacting” and blowing minor issues out of proportion.
Tolentino, they claimed, was “at it again,” recalling that “at the height of the Edsa concrete reblocking project last summer, he tried to earn ‘pogi’ points at the expense of the DPWH and contractors handling the project.”
“He had the temerity to complain when [the MMDA] had only [itself] to blame for the project delay…. Had the MMDA allowed the DPWH to do reblocking on up to 10 sections instead of only two or three per weekend, we should have completed the project last December,” they added.
Did you know: Camp CramePhilippine Daily Inquirer 2:58 am | Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
MANILA, Philippines—Camp Crame, the headquarters of the Philippine National Police located in Quezon City, was named after Brig. Gen. Rafael Crame. Born on Oct. 2, 1863, in Malabon, Crame was the first Filipino chief of the Philippine Constabulary. He died on Jan. 1, 1927. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Quezon City gets busy for diamond jubileePhilippine Daily Inquirer 2:57 am | Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Quezon City marks its 75th year of cityhood this month as it forges partnership and participation among its six districts to celebrate its diamond jubilee.
Mayor Herbert Bautista kicks off the celebrations with his State of the City Address on Oct. 6. “The 75th year celebration of cityhood gives us the perfect opportunity to show off what Quezon City has to offer,” Bautista said in a statement. “There is so much to celebrate and look forward to in the coming weeks. This is why we are inviting everyone to become part of our city’s many celebrations as we show our support and pride as residents.”
There is an ongoing Scout Jamborette until Oct. 5 at Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) while there will be a Senior Citizens Walk on Oct. 4. From Oct. 3 to 12, there will be novena Masses in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary at city hall.
Also on Oct. 6, the QC App will be launched along with the QC Diamond Jubilee coffee table book, commemorative coin, commemorative stamps and the QC Mural of History. The day will also mark the start of the Super QC Sale in all eight SM malls in the city, which ends on Oct. 12.
A “Grand Diamond Salubong” is set on Oct. 11, featuring marchers and dancers from each of the city’s six districts. There will be friendly competitions, concerts, street parties and fireworks displays at various locations: QMC; Roosevelt-Del Monte (District 1); Sandiganbayan (2); Araneta and Anonas (3); Maginhawa and Tomas Morato Streets (4); Quirino Highway (5); and Mindanao Avenue (6).
To be held simultaneously with the Grand Diamond Salubong on Oct. 11 are a citywide medical mission, job fairs, fun run, senior citizens’ program, sports exhibition, skateboard competition, volleyball tournament, rock concert and “Martsa ng Musiko” as well as a food festival on Maginhawa Street.
Health and wellness advocacies as well as project launches will complete the string of activities on Oct. 12. To be launched are the Quezon City Airship (a 60-foot-long, helium-powered balloon that will rise to the city skies at about 400 feet) and the Zumba Fitness Outdoor Party (a high-energy celebration of fitness and community camaraderie with a goal to make a new Guinness world record for the largest Zumba party) at the QMC at 4 p.m.
There will be a “Misa ng Bayan” and a parade of floats starting from the QMC to the respective districts. Other events at the QMC include a “Palarong Pinoy” and Concert at the Park. There will also be an October Beer Festival at Eton Centris.
The day will be capped with the Gawad Parangal Grand Night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum when the city will honor its outstanding citizens and companies.
Other events are the “Diskwento Caravan” on Oct. 15; health and wellness fair, Oct. 16 to 17; mass blood donation, Oct. 17; antipneumonia immunization for senior citizens, Oct. 18; “Novaliches Got Talent,” Oct. 24; “Indakan ng mga Estudyante sa QC at Amoranto Sports Complex,” Oct. 19; and Diamond Jubilee Cup: QC 75 Inter-Barangay Street Soccer Tournament, Oct. 15 to 31.
Before the yearend, there will be an international film festival at Trinoma, underpass photo exhibit, HIV awareness campaign, international marathon, Pride March and the formal unveiling of the Quezon City Museum.
Visit the Facebook page of the Quezon City Diamond Jubilee for updates.
FHM model says sorry to general, his family, PNP, etc.By Erika Sauler | Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:55 am | Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
MANILA, Philippines–The model who was alleged to be an EA (executive assistant) of a police general when caught violating the color-coding scheme said sorry on Wednesday.
It’s not against the law to give a calling card; what’s wrong is using it to gain favors, the spokesman of the Philippine National Police said on Wednesday.
Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor said the PNP shouldn’t have been dragged into the controversy surrounding a car show model, Alyzza Agustin, allegedly using a police official’s card to get away with a traffic violation.
“I emphasize that it’s not the fault of the official,” Mayor told reporters, referring to Chief Supt. Alexander Ignacio, the PNP director for plans.
Bragging in social media
“The offender is the woman. She violated a traffic rule then bragged about getting away with it on social media. At the same time, she misrepresented that she’s acquainted with the official,” Ignacio added.
Agustin, who made the list of 100 sexiest women in the world in 2013 in FHM, a glossy Playboy-type magazine, had posted on her Facebook page:
“Nahuli na naman ako dahil coding but because of you Boss Alex wala ng huli huli. Thank you so much sa napaka-useful mong card with matching dedication pa #happykid (I was caught again because I violated the number coding scheme but because of you, Boss Alex, I was not apprehended. Thank you so much for this useful business card with matching dedication.)”
The post was accompanied with photos of Ignacio’s purported business card showing his name, designation and the PNP logo. Written on the back was a message which went: “Please assist my EA, Alyzza Agustin” followed by a signature.
Violation of the color-coding scheme—introduced to ease monster traffic jams in the metropolis—is penalized by a P300 fine.
The incident came at a bad time for the 150,000-strong PNP, which is grappling with a firestorm surrounding allegations of corruption and unexplained wealth against its chief, Director General Alan Purisima, and rising cases of criminality.
Agustin has issued an apology on her Facebook account, saying she didn’t personally know Ignacio. Agustin has since deactivated her page but Top Gear, a motoring magazine, was able to get a screenshot of her mea culpa before she shut it down.
“I would like to apologize to everyone who was affected and offended by my post: fellow motorists, Director Alexander C. Ignacio and his family, and the PNP institution as a whole. I was just overwhelmed by that moment because I was caught in traffic for hours coming from work. I would like to make it a point that I do not know Director Alexander C. Ignacio personally,” she said.
In a statement, Ignacio denied knowing Agustin and pointed out that the calling card used by the model contained wrong information.
Not a pass for violation
“I am a chief superintendent (one-star rank) and not a police director (two stars). Alyzza Agustin is not my executive assistant and there is no such position in my office,” said Ignacio, who is currently in Malaysia for the Aseanapol conference.
Mayor said it was up to Ignacio if he would pursue a complaint since it was a personal matter. The PNP spokesman added that there were three parties in the issue and called on traffic enforcers to impose the law.
“When a violator shows you a calling card, the more that you should issue a citation. A calling card is not a badge or pass to commit a violation,” Mayor said.
He said the controversy showed the danger of technology and how reputations could easily be damaged.
“The police are being blamed when this is a civilian’s fault. The official’s name was just used,” he said.
Alyzza Agustin says sorry for calling card controversy, denies knowing PNP exec
Supporters, opponents of Purisima face off at Camp CrameBy Erika Sauler | Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:50 am | Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
MANILA, Philippines–A labor group on Wednesday picketed the headquarters of the Philippine National Police in Quezon City to denounce Director General Alan Purisima’s failure to explain his wealth during a Senate hearing.
At the same time, a multisectoral group held a counterdemonstration to express support for the PNP chief and the police institution.
About 15 workers led by Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) held placards calling for Purisima’s imprisonment.
“He cannot explain his wealth. What he told the Senate hearing are lies. The White House donation is clearly a form of bribe,” said KMU secretary general Roger Soluta.
Soluta also criticized President Aquino for defending Purisima in the same way he protected Budget Secretary Florencio Abad over the Disbursement Acceleration Program.
“Basta kapamilya, kaibigan, kabarilan, ipinagtatanggol (He will defend family, friends and shooting buddies),” Soluta said. “Pork barrel funds that come from taxpayers are being used as bribe to lawmakers while social services are lacking.”
Soluta said Purisima clearly underdeclared the value of his assets when he claimed in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth that his 4.7-hectare property in Nueva Ecija was worth P3.7 million only. The labor leader said the property could amount to more than P50 million.
About 15 members of Kabataan kontra Korapsyon under the multisectoral group People’s Coalition for Peace (PCP), on the other hand, held placards with the words “Bravo police. Fight crime.”
Robert Santos, PCP spokesman, said the group believed in Purisima’s leadership and the PNP as an institution that served and protected the people.
“The filing of cases, the politics, they only damage our democratic institutions,” Santos said.
He said PCP members voluntarily went to Camp Crame to express support for the police.
One of the demonstrators, Virginia Nolasco, 50, however, said they came from Parañaque and were invited to go there with a P100 payment.