Thursday, January 28, 2016
A ceiling collapses at NAIA 3 (Ninoy Aquino International Airport - Philippines' biggest airport), that injured a foreign passenger. This is another hurdle to the infamous airport who is seen as among the worst in the world.
It happened at a restaurant at Terminal 3 of Manila airport and the collapsed ceiling scratched a male foreign passenger, according to airport spokesman David de Castro. Airport officials assist the injured passenger and he was treated but insisted on leaving on his flight for Japan hours later.
Terminal 3 is designed to handle 13 million passengers annually, it was built to decongest the capital's older terminals.
Passengers have complained of bullet planting, taxi scam, leaking ceilings, collapsed floors, malfunctioning equipment, congestion, and dilapidated facilities.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
|2016 Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City, Fiesta (Photo: Manila Bulettin)|
ILOILO City — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is on heightened alert for the celebration of the 2016 Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City.
Police Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz, chief of the Police Regional Office said police forces have already been deployed to prevent major criminal incidents in transpiring during the January 24 festival highlight.
Ambassadors, government officials, politicians, visitors, and locals are expected to flock to the downtown area of Iloilo City to witness the last day of the one week festivities that honor the Santo Niño or the Holy Child Jesus.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/pnp-on-high-alert-for-dinagyang-festival/#oSfQPjMzP35selx0.99
Saturday, January 16, 2016
An alleged sex video of former ABS CBN’s Star Circle Quest actor Joross Gamboa is circulationg online. The video was shot in a car and it shows him talking to someone online and it shows him pleasuring himself while engage in an online video chat.
The video is 6 minutes long and at the end of the when someone called him from outside of the car. A Facebook search showed that the keywords “Joross Gamboa” had been a popular topic.
The 31-year-old actor, is married to non-showbiz wife Katz Saga. His wife gave birth to their first child last October 2015, almost a year after the two got married.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
|Fake Dollar Rate Card Use by NAIA Taxi drivers|
This has been an ongoing scam outside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were Taxi drivers are showing fake dollar rate cards to dupe foreign passengers and tourists.
According to reports taxi drivers would show foreigners the fare cards, where destinations are listed with corresponding dollar rates. The lowest rate shown on the card is $25 or Php1,175.
It said the rate cards are laminated and have the logos of the Department of Tourism and Philippine Airlines.
The slogan "Bayan Ko, Sagot Ko" is also written on the cards, the report added.
The Airport Transport Concessionaires Association Inc. denied that it has authorized the use of the dollar rate cards.
Even local residents have been scammed by taxi drivers at NAIA. A TV report cited the case of a woman named Julie who was charged P800 for a trip from NAIA to a bus terminal in Cubao.
The driver of a taxi who was said to have cursed and harrass a female passenger if she did not pay Php2,000 was fined Php1,000 while the operator of the taxi was fined Php5,000 by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The driver is Bebiano Dapal, Jr. while his employer is CATZ Taxi operator Prelyn Intervencion. They apologized to the female passenger during a hearing at the regional office of the LTFRB last Tuesday January 12.
“Ma’am, pasayloa jud ko. Karon pa jud ko kasugat ani. Wala ko’y ikabayad sab ana kay wala na man koy trabaho (Ma’am, forgive me. I’ve been penalized only now. I can’t pay because I don’t have a job),” a tearful Dapal told the female passenger.
Dapal was suspended by the operator a few days after the incident. He was penalized under Joint Administrative Order 2014-01 issued by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
He was found guilty of overcharging and being discourteous and arrogant toward his passenger.
Each of these three violations carried a fine of P5,000 each for the operator and P1,000 for the driver, or a total of P18,000.
But LTFRB-7 legal officer Edwin Antepuesto said both parties agreed to reduce the fines to P5,000 for Intervencion and P1,000 for Dapal.
The woman passenger who is 26 years old said that she was willing to forgive Dapal for what he did but she felt insulted after Dapal cursed her mother.
Photos of Dapal’s ID card and of his taxi unit were posted by the female passenger on her Facebook account along with her story of the incident.
Her Facebook post had 1,000 shares in a span of 24 hours.
She borded Dapal’s taxi with her mother, one-year-old nephew and 13-year old cousin to attend a Mass at the Birhen sa Regla Church in Lapu-Lapu City when the incident occurred last Jan. 7.
She said the heat and traffic congestion caused her one-year-old nephew, who sat in the backseat, to throw up on the floor.
"I wiped off his vomit because we had three extra towels. I heard the driver say tsk, tsk but I continued to wipe even with the traffic,” she told Cebu Daily News.
They stopped across the University of Cebu-Lapu Lapu and Mandaue Campus (UCLM) to buy ethyl alcohol and towels.
The woman said she was worried about her mother who got off the taxi because the warm weather may have raised her blood pressure. She said this irked Dapalwho allegedly cursed her mother.
“He was inconsiderate. It was just an accident that my nephew vomited. It was unexpected but he was rude and arrogant to us,” she said.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
A video of a taxi driver in the Philippines went viral. In the video the taxi driver can be heard cursing and threatening to hurt his female passenger. The female passenger who took the video is Joanne Garcia. She said she hailed the taxi (UWB-666) last Tuesday from SM The Block in Quezon City, their destination is the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) main office in Ortigas, Pasig. Upon reaching their destination, Garcia said she gave Catipay P200 for the P140 fare that is on the taximeter but the driver demanded P250. She said the driver started cursing and threatening to hurt her when she refused to step out of the cab without getting her change.
Garcia said that the driver seems to be under the influence of illegal drugs.
The rude taxi driver is Roger Catipay, the operator of the taxi company has already taken him to the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) office to answer the complaint filed by his passenger Joanne Garcia.
Catipay ask for her forgiveness, but the passenger will push through with the filing of cases against Catipay to prevent him from doing the same to other passengers. He refused to undergo drug testing.
"Patawarin mo na ako Ma'am, di naman kita nasaktan eh," says Roger Catipay. @InqMetro pic.twitter.com/zJh8OeMoBf— Erika Sauler (@erikasauler) January 6, 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016
Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines gave her first interview on Good Morning America on her 1st day on her 1 year reign. Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez who was mistakenly awarded the crown by host Steve Harvey has gain public sympathy for the humiliating error by the Miss Universe pageant. Gutierrez said in an interview with a Colombian radio station that she wish that she can share the crown with Miss Philippines. However, the Miss Universe winner Pia Wurtzbach said that she doesn't like that idea.
“I think it would be a little bit difficult for two girls to share a crown,” the 26 year old told Good Morning America during the interview. She also said that the US$300,000 diamond crown is quite heavy, "It’s a little bit heavy, but I’m not complaining. It can stay there for a long time."