This former city mayor (CM) is the talk of the town at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine facility in Muntinlupa.

Laos na nga, abusado pa rin! Former mayor brings entire clan to get tested for COVID in RITM

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This former city mayor (CM) is the talk of the town at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine facility in Muntinlupa.

Doctors, nurses, and staff at RITM were surprised how this arrogant politiko was able to join other VIPs and celebrities in jumping the long line of Filipinos desperate to get tested for the scarce COVID-19 test kit.

CM stumbled miserably in his bid to return to power in the last elections and has lost his shine way before that debacle. But he showed he could still throw his hefty weight around to get special government favors like the virus tests.

CM apparently still has got some major pull in the government because he even brought his entire clan to have themselves tested for the virus.

RITM people noted that CM and his clan members could not even be classified as persons under investigation or persons under monitoring but they could not do anything but do the tests even if there were thousands of other Filipinos who need the tests more. Only PUIs with mild symptoms who were elderly, with underlying condition, and immunocompromised or admitted in severe condition could be eligible for tests.

“Nobody from the laboratory could claim because they didn’t want the testing facility and their bosses to get the heat,” a source from RITM said.

Test results of CM and his clan were released Friday and up to now, RITM staff could not stop talking about the thickness of their files.

Due to the controversy on the VIP abuse of test kits, the Department of Health was forced to clarify that it has no policy for VIP treatment for patients who were treated on a first-in, first-out basis, albeit with “courtesy to officials holding positions of national security and public health.”

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.



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