Isko Moreno shuts down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to massive littering

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019   •   1602

Photo courtesy of Manila PIO

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has shut down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to the amount of garbage found in the area during a surprise inspection on Monday (November 11).

Vendors will no longer be allowed to set up stalls along Ylaya Street in Divisoria.

Moreno also expressed his dismay over the negligence of the vendors in managing their waste.

“Hindi ba kayo nahihiya diyan o talagang baboy din kayo sa bahay? Kailangan ko pa kayo sorpresahin? Pinaghahanapbuhay ko na nga kayo, (Are you not ashamed or are you just as filthy in your own home? Do I still need to surprise you? I already allowed you to set up your livelihood here)” he said.

“Kung ganiyan lang din naman ang iiwan sa atin araw-araw, tigil na silang lahat, (If they will leave [these garbage] everyday, all [the vendors] should just stop)” he added.

The Manila mayor also directed all police stations in the area to monitor the streets of Divisoria to make sure no vendors will return especially in Ylaya street.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

20, including Chinese nationals, nabbed for selling produce in Divisoria sans permit

Robie de Guzman   •   November 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday said it has arrested 20 individuals, including Chinese nationals, after they were allegedly caught selling produce in Divisoria without proper immigration visas or permits.

The BI said 17 Chinese nationals and three others who showed documents stating they are Filipinos were nabbed in a raid on Sto. Cristo Street in Divisoria, Manila on Monday afternoon.

The bureau said the operation stemmed from a complaint from local vendors in the area.

“We were initially targeting one individual but upon arriving at the scene, we saw 20 foreign nationals selling garlic, onions, and other produce,” said BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr.

“They were selling on the sidewalks, out in the open. They most likely do not have permits for their stores, nor are paying proper taxes,” he added.

Information from the immigration bureau said among those arrested were six females and 14 males.

The Chinese nationals were brought to the BI Detention Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig pending deportation proceedings. The remaining three Filipinos were released.

Para sa tropa: Man in viral video of jeepney attack clears name

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 18, 2019

It’s not what everyone thought it was. A scene that looked like an attempted robbery, turned out to be a different story.

The man in the viral video, who was later identified as Jomar, was seen clinging outside a moving jeepney while reaching inside the vehicle trying to punch someone.

After seeing the video, netizens slammed Jomar for his actions and immediately alerted the Manila government.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso invited those involved in the incident, and Manila Police District Director Bgen. Bernabe Balba, to a press conference where it became clear that the scene was sparked by a personal feud.

Jomar allegedly was only helping his friend, Edison, whose wife got harassed by a man inside the jeepney along Taft Avenue last Sunday (November 17) afternoon.

Edison said they chased the man after he tried to escape.

“Nagtangka po siyang tumakas kaya sinugod na namin sa jeep (He tried to escape so we followed him inside the jeepney),” he said.

“Inunahan niya po kasi ako ng suntok kaya sinundan ko na rin ng suntok (He threw the first punch, so I punched him back)” Edison added.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso lauded the Manila Police District for their quick response to the incident. He also reminded Jomar and Edison to always trust the government in providing justice.

“Huwag niyong ilalagay sa kamay ninyo ang batas. Sumangguni kayo sa kapulisyahan, (Don’t put the law into your own hands. Trust the police),” he said.

“Sana muli ninyong pagkatiwalaan ang pulis at ang pamahalaan na magbibigay ng hustisya kapag kayo naagrabyado, (I hope you can again trust the police and the government in providing justice when an abuse is committed),” he added.—AAC

Manila gov’t to file raps vs SUV driver who dragged traffic law enforcer

Robie de Guzman   •   November 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Local authorities of the Philippine capital will be filing charges against an SUV driver who dragged a traffic law enforcer holding on to his vehicle along Laong-Laan in Sta. Cruz when apprehended for disregarding lane marking.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso scolded the errant driver, identified as Orlando Ricardo Jr., 54, who was put behind bars after he was nabbed following the incident.

Reports said that a Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) enforcer named Adrian Lim was left injured after he held onto Ricardo’s vehicle along the streets of Samploc and Sta. Cruz in Manila on Saturday.

CCTV footage showed Lim hanging onto a speeding and swerving gray SUV until he fell off near Laong-Laan road. He was brought to a hospital by responding first aid providers from the Philippine Red Cross.

Ricardo was apprehended by authorities along Oroquieta and Tayuman streets.

Mayor Isko said the driver had “criminal intent” to harm the traffic law enforcer.

“May criminal intent. Nakita ko (sa CCTV footage) winawasiwas niya,” he said.

“Mas mahal pa ibabayad niya sa abogado niya. Pero sa P500 kaya niyang pumatay ng isang enforcer,” Domagoso said referring to the penalty of a traffic law violation committed by Ricardo.

Meanwhile, Mayor Isko commended Lim’s dedication to his job.

The victim, who sustained several injuries, has been discharged from the hospital after undergoing medical examination.

Ricardo, who is currently detained at the Manila Police District Station 3, has denied allegations he also punched Lim, and that he was in possession of a gun during the incident.

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