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Metro Newsbits for April 28, 2014

QC Buy-Bust

Two suspected pushers yielded 25 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” after they were arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during a recent buy-bust operation in Quezon City. Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr., PDEA Director General, identified the suspects as Kenneth Domingo, 23, a resident of 552 San Joaquin Street, San Juan City; and Jayson Dellosa, 24, of 187 P. Panada Street, Sta. Lucia, San Juan City. Cacdac said the two were arrested during an anti-illegal drugs operation conducted by operatives of the PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR) under lawyer Jacquelyn de Guzman at the 3rd floor in front of a dental and optical clinic inside a popular shopping mall along Sta. Mesa, G. Araneta Avenue, Quezon City, at 4 p.m. Thursday. (Francis T. Wakefield)


Video Footage

An assistant city prosecutor who has been charged for accepting bribery asked the Sandiganbayan not to accept the video evidence against him taken during a police entrapment operation in 2012. Makati Assistant Prosecutor Rocky Caponong asked the Sandiganbayan Second Division not to use the video footage during the trial against him. In a Motion for Reconsideration, his lawyer, Chato Ancheta Cabigas, explained that the videos were “taken in violation of Republic Act 4200, or Anti-Wiretapping Act, including that of the accused’s fundamental and constitutional right to privacy.” On May 24, 2012, Caponong was arrested after allegedly accepting P5,000 marked money from Herminio Sablawan Jr. at the Makati City Hall during an entrapment operation conducted by the Philippine National Police. (Jeffrey Damicog)


Bogus Clinics

To prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a Quezon City councilor asked the public afflicted with the ailment to seek immediate treatment in reputable hospitals and clinics.  First District Councilor Victor Ferer Jr. said patronizing fly-by-night clinics may only prolong their agony as their money may go to waste due to exorbitant charges. He asked local authorities to coordinate with the Department of Health  and law enforcers in closing down bogus STD clinics and filing charges against their operators. Aside from hefty fines, Ferrer said that he is pushing for additional jail terms for the owners of fake STD clinics. (Chito Chavez)


Police Probe

The Pasig City police will file charges against two of their police officers, following the death of PO3 Fernan Clemente in a shooting incident the other day. “Pa-file-an namin sila, dalawang pulis Pasig yan, pero sa ngayon name withheld muna,” Senior Supt. Mario Rariza, Chief of Police of Pasig City, said in a phone interview. He said that since as early as the other day, they conducted an investigation on Clemente’s death due to the number of bullet wounds that the cop sustained. Rariza said they are awaiting the results of the ballistic tests to determine from which firearm the bullets that hit Clemente were fired from.  (Rizal S. Obanil)


Special Kids

The Quezon City government plans to set up six special coordinating day-care centers in each of the city’s districts to provide children with special needs access to quality education and services. Majority Floor Leader Jesus Manuel Suntay, principal author of the ordinance, said there is a need to provide a sustainable program for children with special needs. He said he wants the funding requirements for  these SPED centers to be included in the next budget hearing. (Chito A. Chavez)