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4 workers on QC ‘stairway to heaven’ footbridge nabbed for shabu use

/ 11:58 AM November 21, 2018

Four workers involved in the construction of the controversial “stairway to heaven” footbridge in Quezon City, were arrested for allegedly using shabu on Tuesday.

Personnel of the Kamuning Police Station arrested the four workers after receiving reports that some of the workers constructing the footbridge are using illegal drugs. The suspects were arrested in their barracks near the NIA Road, a report from the Quezon City Police District said on Wednesday.

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Police identified the suspects as Jan Jan Rasonable, 26, Joseph Baldia, 27, Lolito Lacang, 38, and Jonard Jagon, 23.

Recovered from them were four sachets of suspected shabu, P300 marked cash, and various paraphernalia to use shabu.

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The suspects are now detained at the Kamuning police station and are facing charges for using illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has assured that there is “nothing to worry about” the safety of the footbridge even if some of the workers involved in its construction are allegedly into illegal drugs.

“[There is] nothing to worry in the safety of the bridge despite reports na adik ang mga gumagawa dahil may final inspection prior to acceptance lahat ng government projects,” Celine Pialago, spokesperson of the MMDA, told reporters in a text message.

(There is nothing to worry in the safety of the bridge despite reports that the construction workers are drug addicts because all government projects have final inspection prior to acceptance.)

Pialago said the target opening of the 10 million footbridge on November 27 will not be affected by the arrest of the workers.

Dubbed by critics as the “stairway to heaven,” the 10-meter tall footbridge near the GMA Kamuning Metro Rail Transit-3 station got flak from netizens for its design. with a report from Dona Dominguez-Cargullo/Radyo Inquirer /muf

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