53 STREET DWELLERS RESCUED IN QC
QUEZON CITY – Authorities rescued 53 individuals along Tomas Morato in Timog Avenue and Scout Triangle in Quezon City, local reports said.
Street dwellers taken by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 10 and Quezon City Social Services Development Department were originally from Antipolo, Rizal while others were from Fairview.
Forty-two of them are natives of the Badjao Tribe who usually climb on public utility vehicles such as jeepneys in order to beg for alms.
Station Commander Superintendent Louise Benjie Tremor said the operation is part of the authorities’ anti-criminality and law enforcement program. It is not connected to the forthcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“Ang pagdating naman ng mga nasa ibang bansa ay sabi ko nga, regular naman na kino-conduct natin ito. Sa mga bagay po na iyan ay target hardening natin para hindi tayo malusutan ng terrorist (We regularly conduct these operations amid the arrival of foreigners so that terrorists will not have an opportunity to attack the country),” Tremor said.
The Badjaos will be brought to the Jose Fabella Shelter while others will be taken to Payatas Receptional Action Center.
Moving forward, the Philippine National Police said it is heightening its measures to curb street-related crimes which are usually at its peak during Christmas season.
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