Soldier faces raps for Cotabato shooting rampage that killed 2

MANILA, Philippines — Sixty trash bags have been collected by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMD A) at Rizal Park after the New Year celebration.

In a statement by the traffic authority on Tuesday, it reported that it collected a huge amount of trash which mostly consisted of bottles, plastics, food waste, straws and cardboard which was left by people who celebrated New Year in the park.

“Sa paglilinis ng mga miyembro ng MMDA Metro Parkways Clearing Group, matiyaga nilang winalis, iniligpit, at hinakot ang samu’t saring basura,” MMDA said in a statement posted on X (formerly Twitter).

(In cleaning [the park] , the members of the MMDA Metro Parkways Clearing Group diligently swept, gathered, and collected various types of garbage.)

MMDA then urged the public to dispose of their waste properly.

“Maging responsableng taga-pangalaga ng kalikasan sa pamamagitan ng pagtatapon ng kalat sa tamang lugar at pagre-recycle ng basura na maaari pang mapakinabangan,” it said.

(Be a responsible custodian of the environment by disposing of waste in the proper places and recycling garbage that can still be utilized.)

Last Christmas, the Manila Local Government Unit said that it collected 41 tons of trash in Luneta Park. 

During the New Year’s Eve celebration, people gathered in public parks, such as the Luneta Park, to watch fireworks displays. 

COTABATO CITY — A soldier who allegedly killed two villagers and wounded two minors in a shooting rampage in the upland Magpet town in Cotabato province on New Year’s Eve is now under the custody of the police.

The 41-year-old suspect, Sgt. Alin Anthony Buna Jimenez, was turned in by his superiors in the 10th Civil Military Operation Battalion to the police about 1 6 hours after he shot the 18-year-old Eljey Repolidon dead in the town proper of Magpet.

Major Danilo Dillera, chief of the Magpet municipal police, on said Tuesday that Repolidon’s friend, Jason Baclao, who was wounded in the attack, later succumbed to bullet wounds in a hospital.

Two minors, one of them a local social media blogger, were slightly wounded in the gun attack, according to Dillera.

Brig. Gen. Jimili Macaraeg, director of the Police Regional Office-12, said Jimenez, who belongs to an Army unit involved in community peacebuilding projects in Magpet, first had an altercation with a villager who questioned him about his use of a motorcycle without a license plate.

Witnesses told investigators that Jimenez drove away and returned already armed with a pistol. He opened fire at bystanders gathered near a roadside burger store in Barangay Poblacion in Magpet.

Jimenez initially escaped, but was turned over several hours later by officers in the 2nd Company of the 10th CMO Battalion and the Army’s 72nd Infantry Battalion.

Macaraeg said that he has directed the Magpet MPS and the Cotabato Provincial Police Office to immediately file criminal charges against Jimenez.

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