LAW­MAKER ASSAILS LRT1 EX­TEN­SION CON­TRACT

Manila Times - - REGIONS - REGINAN KURT IVAN O. ABANG, TMTC IN­TERN ROSELLE AQUINO WIL­LIAM JUN GAR­CIA

BUHAY Partylist Rep. and Se­nior Deputy Mi­nor­ity Leader Lito Atienza has ques­tioned the con­tract signed be­tween the gov­ern­ment and a pri­vate con­sor­tium to op­er­ate the 11.7-kilo­me­ter ex­ten­sion of the Light Rail Tran­sit (LRT) Line 1 from Baclaran to Ba­coor, Cavite. He said that upon sign­ing of the con­tract for the P65 bil­lion project, the LRT1 daily in­come from op­er­a­tions of about P9 mil­lion is au­to­mat­i­cally ac­cru­ing to the con­ces­sion­aire. “The ac­tual turnover was in Septem­ber 2015 which means that they have been col­lect­ing al­most P7 bil­lion for the past two years. We have been ask­ing for a copy of the con­ces­sion con­tract since the 16th Congress and un­til now we have not re­ceived it,” Atienza said dur­ing the hear­ing of the Com­mit­tee on Trans­porta­tion. Atienza pointed out that the LRT1 is the only money-mak­ing rail sys­tem right now, adding that the gov­ern­ment should not have agreed to these terms which are dis­ad­van­ta­geous and would only ben­e­fit the win­ning bid­der.

CALL CEN­TER USED AS FRONT FOR CYBERSEX DEN RAIDED

A JOINT po­lice team raided an on­line mar­ket­ing call cen­ter used as front for cybersex den in Barangay Old Balara, Que­zon City (Metro Manila) on Wed­nes­day night and ar­rested 30 on­line agents, in­clud­ing their su­per­vi­sor, caught pro­cess­ing cybersex trans­ac­tions. Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, QCPD di­rec­tor, said Kratos Mar­ket­ing Inc., owned by Al­lan Ren Sulit, lo­cated on the se­cond floor of an apart­ment at Pablo Com­pound along Com­mon­wealth Av­enue. The place is be­ing rented by Al­lan Franza, chair­man of Barangay Old Balara. Eleazar said the agents used fake iden­ti­ties, in­clud­ing nude pic­tures and videos, to trans­act with lo­cal and for­eign cus­tomers who pay through credit cards. He said the 30 com­puter units seized from the place would be checked if they also en­gaged in black­mail ac­tiv­i­ties. Sulit, who was not around dur­ing the raid, is now the sub­ject of a man­hunt. The agents ar­rested will be charged with vi­o­la­tion of Sec­tion 4 of Repub­lic Act 10175, or the Cy­ber­crime Preven­tion Act of 2012.

AR­GU­MENT LEADS TO MILITIAMAN’S DEATH

CAMP VI­CENTE LIM, La­guna: A mem­ber of Philip­pine Army’s Civil­ian Armed Forces Ge­o­graph­i­cal Unit (Cafgu) was shot dead by a fel­low militiaman in Pangil, La­guna af­ter a heated ar­gu­ment on Wed­nes­day. La­guna Pro­vin­cial Di­rec­tor Se­nior Supt Joel Per­nito iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Ger­ald Rel­e­vante who was shot three times by Ed­uardo Galay us­ing an M14 firearm while they were at the mess hall of the Cafgu De­tach­ment in Barangay Galalan. Rel­e­vante did not reach the hos­pi­tal alive. Galay vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­dered with his weapon.

LA UNION PO­LICE NAB EX-VIL­LAGE CHIEF FOR RAPE, GUNS

BANGAR, La Union: Po­lice Chief Insp. Ro­ge­lio Miedes Jr. said they ar­rested two most wanted per­sons, one of them a rape sus­pect, who were caught with un­li­censed firearms and grenade in sep­a­rate op­er­a­tions on Thurs­day. Miedes iden­ti­fied the rape sus­pect as Onofre Sabado, 50, for­mer chair­man of Barangay Lu­zong Sur this town. Also found in his pos­ses­sion were an M16 ri­fle with mag­a­zines and bul­lets, a cal­iber 38 revolver, frag­men­ta­tion grenade and nine bul­lets for cal­iber 357. Sabado was the No.2 most wanted per­sons in Bangar for the rape of his step­daugh­ter last year. No bail was rec­om­mended for his re­lease. Also ar­rested ear­lier was Sal­vador Macuroy, 58, of Barangay Alzate who was fac­ing frus­trated mur­der case. The war­rants for the ar­rest of Sabado and Macuroy were is­sued by Judge Manuel Aquino of the Re­gional Trial Court Branch 34, Balaoan, La Union.

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