Mayor Isko wants deportation for 2 Chinese behind ‘Manila, province of China’ label

Robie de Guzman   •   August 21, 2020   •   648

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso called on the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to deport the two Chinese nationals who allegedly operated the business establishment which sells cosmetic products with labels that tag Manila as a province of China.

Domagoso said these Chinese nationals, identified as Shi Zhong Xing and Shi Li Li, were behind the company Elegant Fumes Beauty Products Inc. selling products that showed “misrepresentation” for Manila.

The mayor said tagging Manila as a province of China on their product label is “unacceptable.”

“Dalawang Chinese nationals (ay nag-ooperate ng business establishment). Akin pong gagawin ay susulat sa Bureau of Immigration to deport and declare these two Chinese nationals as undesirable aliens,” Domagoso said during his mayoral address on Thursday.

“Hindi po ito katanggap-tanggap sa akin bilang Pilipino, bilang Manileño. Hindi po natin papayagan ito,” he added.

He further denounced the product’s owners for disrespecting the sovereignty of the Philippines.

“Ang Binondo ay bahagi po ng Maynila at ang Maynila ay bahagi Pilipinas. Ang Maynila ang kapitolyo ng bansa, hindi po ito probinsya ng China; at ni minsan, hindi ito naging bahagi ng Tsina sa anumang lathalain o kasaysayan na naitala sa panahon natin at panahon ng ninuno natin,” he said.

“Hindi natin hahayaan ang mga superpower na yan na parang tayo ay pinipitik-pitik lang tayo sa mata at binabalewala nila ang soberentiya ng ating bansa at dito pa gagawin sa Maynila,” he added.

Aside from misrepresentation, the city government also found that the establishment violated the Consumer Act of the Philippines for selling cosmetic products that are adulterated or mislabeled.

Authorities also found that the business establishment was violating rules and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as their products do not contain any “batch/lot number” and “name and address of the company or person responsible for placing the product in the market.”

These information are required by the law to appear on the immediate and or outer packaging of a cosmetic product.

He said he has ordered the city’s Bureau of Permits to issue a closure order and revocation of permit to operate against their business establishment in Binondo.

“Hindi ito maliit na bagay dahil ito ay misrepresentation. Misrepresentation meaning you’re selling a product and mali yung information,” he said.

The city government said it will revoke the mayor’s permit of the corporation, adding that the FDA is also set to cancel the license to operate of the company due to various issues.

The local government said four more establishments were ordered closed for selling products bearing the same labels tagging Manila as a “province of China.” – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Isko Moreno, Willie Ong file COC for president, VP in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday formalized his presidential bid for 2022 elections by filing his certificate of candidacy (COC).

Domagoso will run as the standard bearer of the Aksyon Demokratiko Party with Dr. Willie Ong as his vice president.

Ong also filed his COC along with Domagoso on Monday morning.

Mayor Isko was a former actor who grew in the slums of Tondo while Ong is a cardiologist and an internist who has over 16 million Facebook followers.

Ong ran for senator in 2019. He placed 18th overall but he garnered the second highest number of overseas votes for senator.

Sara Duterte remains top choice among possible presidential bets in 2022 polls – Pulse Asia

Robie de Guzman   •   September 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Davao City mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte remains as the top choice among possible presidential candidates in the 2022 national elections, a survey conducted by Pulse Asia showed Wednesday.

In the poll conducted from Sept. 6 to 11, Duterte emerged as the leading bet after 20% of the respondents expressed support for her probable presidential bid in the upcoming elections.

The second choice for president was former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who garnered 15%, followed by Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso with 13%, and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao with 12%.

Senator Grace Poe placed fifth with 9%, followed by Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo (8%), and Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson (6%).

Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano garnered 4%, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go with 3%, and former Senator Antonio Trillanes with 1%.

The pollster said respondents are split when it comes to their second choice for president should their original presidential bet decide not to run in the upcoming elections.

The poll showed that respondents would instead vote for Poe (14%), Marcos (14%), Domagoso (13%), Duterte (11%). Sharing the second place in terms of second-choice voter preferences for president are Go (9%), Pacquiao (9%), Robredo (8%), Lacson (8%), and Cayetano (5%).

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III topped the list of preferences for the next vice president with 25% followed by President Rodrigo Duterte with 14%, Moreno with 12%, Marcos with 12%, and Pacquiao with 7%.

The poll also showed that Sotto enjoyed the highest figure with 15% when respondents were asked for their second vice presidential preference, followed by Marcos (12%), Go (11%), and Domagoso (11%).

Placing fifth in the second choice for vice presidential bets are Cayetano (10%), Pacquiao (9%), and Rodrigo Duterte (6%).

The latest Pulse Asia survey was based on a sample of 2,400 representative adults aged 18 and above nationwide. It was conducted using face-to-face interviews.

Manila declares tax amnesty

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila local government on Thursday (September 23) announced a tax amnesty from October through December.

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso signed Ordinance No. 8773 granting amnesty on all delinquent business taxes, real property taxes, regulatory fees and other service charges.

The mayor said the ordinance was signed as “the current pandemic has brought about unexpected socio-economic challenges to the country.” He said that the pandemic situation makes it difficult for taxpayers to settle their obligations.

“As a result, many businesses have remained closed, further causing the loss of jobs and opportunities. Amidst the health and safety challenges is the struggle to keep one’s livelihood afloat,” he said.

Under the ordinance, Domagoso said tax amnesty shall be granted to the following:

1. Persons who own, operate or are engaged in any business enterprise within the City of Manila

2. Persons who own or administer real property declared for the first time subject to back taxes

3. Persons who own or administer any delinquent real property with or without notices of collection

4. Persons who have violated traffic and parking rules imposed under the Manila Traffic Code and the No Contact Apprehension Program

5. Persons who have pending local tax cases before any judicial, quasi-judicial, or administrative body concerning local business taxes, fees and charges or real property taxes

The general tax amnesty program, Domagoso said, shall take effect on October 1, 2021 until December 29, 2021 only. AAC

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