"Jane" (not her real name), a 14-year-old student, wrote everything that happened to her in a diary. This includes details of sexual abuse done to her by a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic aide. Her mother accidentally discovered the said diary and was shocked at what was written there.


On her diary, "Jane" wrote that on July 17, suspect Jesus Llantado picked her up from school and brought her to Napindan floodgate in East Rembo, Makati, where the crime was committed. After the abuse was done, Llantado gave her 50 pesos and threatened her.

14-year-old student raped by MMDA traffic enforcer
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Jane also wrote that she did not tell her family about the incident because she was afraid of what Llantado might do to them. Confused and depressed, she had even attempted suicide, which is what most rape victims are prone to do.


MMDA traffic enforcer Jesus Llantado
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Mother and daughter immediately reported the incident to the barangay office of East Rembo. The mother, who is a vendor selling near the office of the MMDA, was able to identify the traffic enforcer.

Llantado strongly denied having committed the alleged crime, while MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that such incident will not be tolerated. The suspect was brought to the Makati police for investigation.

Motorists traversing C-5 road during the morning rush hour could not do anything when they got stuck in traffic for long hours. Traffic was caused by several different incidents that happened throughout the day.


Two dump trucks collided before 7 AM in Bagong Ilog, Pasig City. Traffic eased a little at noontime, but at around 3 PM, heavy downpour plus the presense of quite a number of dump trucks, cement mixers and delivery vans made traffic condition worse anew. Drainage improvement projects along C-5 also contribute on the bad traffic situation.

Traffic on C-5 August 26 2014 - TV Patrol News
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Two major projects are still ongoing - one in Bagong Ilog, and another one in front of Greenmeadows. When it rains, the drainage becomes clogged and water builds up, which causes vehicles to slow down.


Another collision happened, this time between a car and a dump truck. The accident happened at the same place where the previous morning collision between the two dump trucks took place.

The afternoon rush hour, starting at 4 PM, further intensified the already miserable traffic situation, which only lightened a bit when rain stopped.

Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado has directly linked Vice President Jejomar Binay to the alleged anomaly involved in the construction of the new building of the Makati City Hall.


To drive the point home, Mercado even admitted that he, himself, benefitted from the project, specifically, in Phase 1 and Phase 2. When Senator Trillanes asked if he believes that Vice President Binay profitted from the transaction, Mercado said, if the Vice Mayor profitted, then the Mayor has profitted more. He added that he was not the one signing the contracts, implying that it is the Mayor's job to sign contracts.

Ex Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado and Senator Nancy Binay
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According to Mercado, the price of the building was supposed to be only 1.2 billion pesos based on the City Engineer's estimate, so he was surprised why the price has doubled and the details on how the additional funds will be used, were not stated on the budget allocated for the project.

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For now, Mercado refused to discuss in detail how Vice President Binay has benefitted from the project. He said he will reveal what he knows at the right time.

Senator Koko Pimentel clarified if what he was saying about Vice President Binay was based on his personal knowledge, or only an implication that since he benefitted (from the project), it follows that his superior also benefitted from it. To this, Mercado replied that it's how they do business (in Makati).

Mercado and Vice President Binay used to be very close and worked as a tandem until they had to separate ways because of Politics. Mercado ran for office in 2010 but lost to Mayor Junjun Binay.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, on the other hand, said that despite the huge amount of the building, it cannot be considered as world class and environment friendly. He showed photos of the questioned building's ceiling, parking lot, toilet and mirrors that belie Makati officials' claim that the parking building was world class.

Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Grace Pulido Tan questioned why more than P1 billion was still appropriated for the Makati City Hall Building 2 project even after it was already deemed ready for use after Phase 3 of its construction. She said their engineers have seen for themselves, during routine inspection, that after the completion of Phase 3, when they have already spent about 1.5 billion pesos, the project was already habitable and ready for use.

Vice President Binay has denied all accusations. He said this is just part of a script made by their political opponents. He vehemently denied that he profitted from any project in Makati. A case against Mercado should be filed after admitting that he received kickback from the Makati Building 2 project.

Senator Nancy Binay expressed her disappointment, saying that it breaks her heart how Mercado pays back his father's trust on him this way. Rep. Abigail Binay was more emotional when she said she just kept quiet because they used to be friends (with Mercado) but now she needs to defend herself.

Hilmarc's Construction Corporation, the general contractor of the questioned building, is ready to give details of the construction at the next hearing. The senators are also set to do a site inspection on Monday, September 1.

Mitchell Gumabao a.k.a. Dennis Roldan was sentenced to reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment by Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 167 Presiding Judge Rolando Mislang. Judge Mislang found the accused - Gumabao, guilty beyond reasonable doubt, of masterminding the kidnapping of Kenshi Yu in 2005. His co-accused, Rowena San Andres and Adrian Domingo, were found guilty as well, while another co-accused, Octavio Garces was acquitted.


Dennis Roldan
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There were seven suspects (including Gumabao, Andres and Domingo) all in all, who were accused in connection with the said kidnap for ransom case. The fifth suspect, Suzette Wang, said to be Dennis Roldan's alleged girlfriend at that time, remains at large while the other two suspects, Noel San Andres and Romeo Orcajada – are now both deceased.

Another suspect, Albert Pagdanganan, the driver of the van used in the kidnapping, turned state witness and pointed to Dennis Roldan as their "boss" from whom he received orders. Pagdanganan was killed on January 11 2007 in a shootout with the police during an anti-carjacking operation in Quezon City.


Dennis Roldan was out on bail after he posted a P500,000 bond in 2006, while San Andres, Domingo and Garces remained detained at the Pasig City jail. Judge Agnes Reyes-Carpio came under fire in 2006 (1 year after Roldan was arrested and detained in jail) for allowing him to post bail for a heinous crime that is supposed to be non-bailable. Many people assumed that Carpio's decision had something to do with Roldan's connections in Malacanang and the Senate. Judge Carpio later inhibited herself from the case as prayed for by the prosecution.

Roldan will be brought today to the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. His lawyer, Orlando Salatandre Jr. said they will file a petition before the Court of Appeals. When asked for comment, Roldan said he thinks that this is the Lord's divine will and that He has a higher purpose for him.

Dennis Roldan was a former PBA player, who played for Ginebra and Gilbey's Gin. He was also a character actor before becoming a politician. He was a Quezon City councilor in 1988, and was elected Congressman from 1992 to 1995 in the 3rd District of Quezon City. After his arrest in 2005, a pastor who conducted Bible studies and fellowship seminars in jail, convinced him to become a born-again Christian. He became a full-time pastor soon after he got out of detention on bail. He had just started to resurrect his acting career, appearing in Robin Padilla's 2013 movie, 10000 Hours. He is currently included in the cast of the GMA 7 teleserye, "My Destiny." His son, Marco Gumabao is a Kapamilya teen actor who used to be the lead star of the afternoon youth-oriented soap, "Luv U", while his daughter, Michele Gumabao was a former captain of the De La Salle University women's volleyball team, Lady Spikers, and more recently, one of the Pinoy Big Brother All In (a Kapamilya reality show) ex-housemates.

Dennis Roldan Kidnap-For-Ransom Case
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A witness, hiding under the name "Christian," has purposely come forward and approached the family of rape-slay victim, Anria Galang Espiritu, hoping he could somehow shed light on the case. Anria was found dead with several stab wounds on August 14th at a rice field in Calumpit, Bulacan.


Christian said he saw two people boarding a green jeepney with the "Ferrari" logo printed on it, one of whom was Anria. He was not sure about the exact time it happened, but knew it was between Wednesday midnight and Thursday before dawn. He said he knows the driver and he identified him as a certain "Bakulaw." He also recognized one of the passengers inside the jeepney, referring to Elmer (Joson) who was earlier taken into custody by the police. "Bakulaw," whose real name is Ramil Villanueva Diarca is now, also, in the hands of the Calumpit Police.

Jeepney boarded by Anria Galang Espiritu on the night she was killed
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The Espiritu family's lawyers, Eduardo Jerome Alejandro and Don Mendoza II, who are working on Anria's case, said this latest development would help bolster their case against the suspects. They said they will be corroborating Christian's testimony with those of previous witnesses. This, plus the results of the DNA tests, will hopefully be conclusive with regards to the actual heinous crime that happened to Anria, and directly pinpoint the perpetrators.



The latest TV Patrol Headlines include the following:
  • Water crisis feared as irrigation-vs-conservation debate rages - The water crisis that is bound to happen next year might come a little earlier. The Maynilad and Manila Water complain that the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) prioritized the irrigations instead of conserving water especially now that the water level in Angat Dam is already low.
  • Train age eyed in PNR mishap in Sta. Mesa - A train by the Philippine National Railways derailed in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
  • Mistaken identity eyed in slay of 2 teenagers in Cavite - "Mistaken identity", that is the angle the police are looking into about the slay case of two teenagers in Noveleta, Cavite.

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TV Patrol - Sen Francis Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista Engagement
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More headline news:
  • 'Ipit Taxi' suspect nabbed in Makati - The Makati police arrested a taxi driver who is allegedly involved in the series of "Ipit Taxi" modus operandi in Metro Manila.
  • 'Million People March' protesters reunite vs 'pork' - Groups who are against pork barrel and term extension timed their protest to with the celebration of National Heroes Day. The signature drive to enact the law prohibiting all kinds of pork barrel also started.
  • PNoy warns against false advocates of good governance - While a rally is ongoing in Luneta, Pres. Aquino warns the public against those people who are pushing for a reform.
  • Pro-PNoy group launch coincides with pork protest - The supporters of Pres. Aquino counteracted the rally in Luneta. The Koalisyon ng mga Mamamayan para sa Reporma or KOMPRe launched their own movement.
  • Primetime Emmys to give Robin Williams a tribute - "Best of the best" shows in television will vie for a title in Primetime Emmys. The series "Game of Thrones" is on the edge because of numerous nominations.
  • Filipinos among those affected in strong California quake - The San Francisco Bay Area was shook with a magnitude 6 earthquake. Filipinos who are living in the area are also affected.
  • Nueva Ecija Patrollers taught about responsible use of social media - The correct and responsible use of social media was taught to new Bayan Patrollers in Nueva Ecija.
  • KIA picks Pacquiao in PBA draft - Manny Pacquiao is now an official basketball player when he was chosen by the new PBA team, KIA in the PBA rookie draft.
  • Daniel Matsunaga: I'm a Filipino by heart - The PBB All In grand winner Daniel Matsunaga faced the criticisms after his win in the said reality show. According to others, he does not deserve to win because he is not a Filipino.
  • Failed bus hijacking attempt in Negros Occidental - The passengers swarmed an armed man who tried to hi-jack the bus they are riding in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental. The suspect even pulled the trigger of his gun, luckily the bullet clogged.
  • Personalities who have taken the ice bucket challenge - ABS-CBN News anchors have also accepted the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness about ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • Chiz, Heart wedding in February 2015? - Not a 'chizmis' anymore, Heart Evangelista and Senator Chiz Escudero is now engaged. The senator can marry again because he has already settled his annulment and especially now that they got the blessing of Heart's family.
Source: Abs-Cbn News' Official Youtube Channel

The latest TV Patrol Headlines include the following:
  • Missing teen found dead in Cavite after 10 days - Police unearthed the remains of a young woman (16-year-old Karen Aguirre) who has been missing for ten days. The said woman's male companion (14-year-old Renald dela Cruz) was also brutally murdered.
  • Tears as 3 students in Bulacan field trip laid to rest - 3 BSU students who drowned at the Madlum River have been laid to rest today
  • Kin of beheaded OFW blast slow gov't assistance - The family of an OFW (Antonio R Espares) who was beheaded in Libya, calls on the Philippine government to help them bring home his remains. His widow cannot hide her disappointment with the government's slow response to their request.

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TV Patrol - Police unearthed the remains of 16-year-old Karen Aguirre who has been missing for ten days
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Watch: August 24 2014 TV Patrol News


More headline news:
  • Fans divided on Pacquiao's PBA stint - Fans of Manny Pacquiao have different opinions about his upcoming stint in playing professional basketball.
  • Ban of sexy outfits for minors in pageants pushed - The Valenzuela City government implements ban in wearing sexy outfits especially by children when joining contests or pageants.
  • Hong Kong experts to inspect MRT maintenance system - MRT resumes operation after 12 hours. Experts from Hong Kong will be looking into the possible causes of the problem.
  • 6-year-old boy ran over by car survives - n China, a 6-year-old boy luckily survives after he was ran over by an SUV. In the video, the boy is playing on the side when the SUV suddenly came along.
  • 4Ps beneficiary blasts slow action on lost card pin - A member of the 4Ps or the "Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program" sought the help of KSP because of the slow progress by the Department of Social Network and Development (DSWD) about the lost pin on her cash card.
  • Ice bucket challenge: Pinoy version - The whole world readily accepted the ice bucket challenge. Even us Pinoys, joined the latest worldwide craze.
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The latest BANDILA Headlines include the following:
  • Heavy traffic expected amid new road reblocking - New problems for motorists are expected this weekend when road reblocking is done on some streets in Quezon City.
  • CA blocks P7B refund for mobile phone subscribers - Bad news for cellphone subscribers.The Court of Appeals stopped the implementation of the P7 billion refund of telecom companies to its subscribers. But the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) promised to protect their decision regarding the refund.
  • Pinoy in Togo tested for Ebola virus - A Pinoy seaman in Togo have undergone several tests because he was seen with symptoms of Ebola. While the two Americans who are cured by the experimental drug called ZMapp were sent home.

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Bandila Karen Davila Julius Babao and Ces Drilon
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August 22 2014 BANDILA News:

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More Bandila news:
  • BSU field trip survivors get help - Students who joined the field trip in San Miguel, Bulacan conducted by the Bulacan State University is now undergoing stress debriefing wherein seven of their schollmates have died. BSU is prepared for the investigation of CHED.
  • Tighter laws eyed on foreigners marrying Pinays - Some lawmakers want to strengthen the rules regarding foreigners who want to marry a Filipina. It is found out that marriages like these cause Filipinas to be abused and profited by foreigners.
  • Fans await Kathryn-Daniel song duet - Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo tries it out in the world of recording. One of the most awaited is her duet with Daniel Padilla. Her next TV project with Daniel is also much talked-about, which is the possible remake of "Pangako Sa Yo."
  • How to earn money using your mobile gadgets - Have you already downloaded the app that suits your lifestyle? A digital lifestyle fair features different apps and gadgets that are not very expensive. It is also possible for you to earn and put up a business by using your gadget.
  • Travelers head to Baguio amid long weekend - It's a long weekend since Monday is a holiday and Baguio is one of the most popular destinations for vacation.
  • WATCH: Motorbike rider crashes, lands on top of car - A very impressive motorcycle stunt that happened in Belarus is now a trending topic, but is it real or fake?
  • How early Pinoys used gold nuggets for money - Are you able to use your coins? Did you know that before, even half a centavo used to be valuable? It's flashback Friday as we look back on how Pinoy currency originated on Tatak Pinoy.
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