The Parañaque City government announced that in celebration of its 15th cityhood anniversary today, Malacañang declared it a special non-working day in the city. According to Mayor Florencio M. Bernabe Jr., Proclamation No. 543 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. was issued to "give the people of the city full opportunity to celebrate the occasion with appropriate ceremonies." Bernabe said this year's celebration will have as its theme "Making Parañaque Get Even Better." Bernabe thanked the President for the declaration. (Jean Fernando)


A Quezon City councilor asked the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to be up on its toes to ensure that human rights will be respected by the police as checkpoints are now in place in strategic locations to ensure a safe and peaceful mid-term election in May. Third District Councilor Allan Benedict Reyes said that police checkpoints should be deterrent to lawlessness and should not be used by errant police officers to "terrorize and instill fear to the public." In the past, Reyes said that complaints have reached his office that some rogue police officers manning the checkpoints have committed violations and grave abuses. Checkpoint must be well-lighted, properly identified and manned by uniformed person. (Chito Chavez)


The witness on the robbery case filed against a man who allegedly stabbed a University of the Philippines (UP) student inside the school campus last year took the stand before a Quezon City court. At the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 91, lawyer Erick Mesoga presented a witness who positively identified suspect Dan Mar Vicencio as the one who robbed UP student Lordei Hina of her possessions inside the university student council office on February 1, 2012. The witness requested that her name be withheld for security reasons identified Vicencio and another suspect Dante Santos as the men who went to the council office to inquire about the then-upcoming UP fair. (Chito Chavez)


A Quezon City court junked the motion to quash filed by one of the accused in the murder of ABS-CBN model and television talent Julie Ann Rodelas. In a six-page order, Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 223 Judge Caridad Walse-Lutero said the warrantless arrest of alleged mastermind Fernando Quiambao Jr. was lawful as the police were able to establish "reasonable grounds of suspicion" of his supposed participation in the crime. "The information obtained by the arresting officers, albeit obtained from third persons, are nevertheless, considered within their personal knowledge," the order said. (Chito Chavez)


A man is now detained at the Pasig City Police Station after he was arrested due to illegal gambling activity and possession of illegal drugs during a police operation in Pasig City Tuesday. Senior Inspector Rodrigo De Dios, chief of the Pasig City Police Station-Investigation Unit, identified the arrested suspect as Edwin Begonia alias "Alas," single, and a resident of Villa Monique Compound, Baltazar Street, Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City. De Dios said the suspect was arrested at 3 a.m. Tuesday during a police operation by members of the Police Community Precinct 21 under SPO1 Alfredo Guererro, PO2 Merlito Baturi, PO1 Adolfo Abaya. (Francis Wakefield)


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