MPD arrests, presents to media fixer at Universidad de Manila

Maris Federez   •   September 6, 2019   •   810

Manila mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has presented to the media the alleged fixer who was caught asking money from a student in exchange for a guaranteed slot at the Universidad de Manila, a state-run university.

The 59-year-old suspect was identified as Celso Dimanlig whom the Manila Police District – Special Mayor’s Response Team arrested in Paco, Manila on Tuesday.

The parents of the incoming Grade 11 student reported to the police after the suspect asked for P11,000 from their child in exchange for a guaranteed enrolment at the Universidad de Manila.

“Ang UdM at PLM ay para lang (sa) mahihirap na bata [The UdM and the PLM are dedicated for poor children],” the angry Moreno said in front of the members of the media, adding, “itong (inaudible) ito, mahirap na nga, ginagatasan pa [and this (inaudible) person, would make these poor people his milking cow.”

Mayor Isko reminded the public that, “wala po kayong dapat bayaran para lang makapasok sa PLM at makapasok sa UdM. Libre po ‘yan [there is nothing for you to pay so you can study at PLM or UdM. They’re free].

The suspect will be facing robbery extortion and estafa cases.

Meanwhile, the mayor also presented to the media on Thursday the city’s three most wanted persons.

Two of them were suspects in robbery, while the other one is a suspect in a murder case.

Moreno enjoined those who are in Manila’s wanted list to surrender.

“Sumuko na lang po kayo at harapan ninyo sa husgado ang akusasyong inihain sa inyo [Just surrender and face the accusations filed against you before the judge.” (with details from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

Mayor Isko’s offer to all LGUs: free use of Manila’s online tax payment system

Maris Federez   •   May 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has offered the city’s online tax payment system to all local government units in the country for free.

A media advisory released on Saturday, May 23, said Moreno made the offer to help curb the potential exposure of taxpayers to novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

He said his counterpart in local government units nationwide may utilize the City of Manila’s online tax payment system for their respective cities or municipalities.

“Ako po ay nananawagan sa lahat ng mayor sa buong Pilipinas, municipal o city, kung gusto niyo lang, ino-offer namin para sa pangkahalatan na, kung gusto ninyong magkaroon din ng online payment bibigay namin sa inyo ng libre,” Domagoso said in his weekly Facebook Live program, The Capital Report.

In their recently launched website www.cityofmanila.ph, residents of Manila will be able to process their tax payments online.

“‘Yong buong program, ‘yong buong source code, nakuha ko ng libre, kagabi ‘yong may ari ng kumpanya kinausap ko, sabi ko may mga nag-iinquire sa aking mga mayor paano daw magagawa nila sa kanilang localities.  Eh napapayag ko po kagabi,” the mayor said.

He further said, “Sa mga local government units sa Pilipinas, if you want online payment sa tax, sa real property tax, sa business tax and other services kasi pong ito sa amin pati ‘yong healthcare, occupational health clearance, birth certificate, ma-o-online ‘yan, libre ko ring ibibigay sa inyo ‘yong halos na-save namin na daan-daang milyon na gastos.”

The advisory added that the cityofmanila.ph website will also soon offer birth certificates and community tax certificates online services. — /mbmf

Mayor Isko, pinabulaanan ang ulat na hard lockdown sa buong Maynila

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mariing pinabulaanan ni Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ang balitang isasailalim sa hard lockdown ang buong lungsod sa mga susunod na araw.

“Huwag po kayong magpapaniwala sa mga sabi-sabi na maglolockdown dito maglolockwon doon dahil kung mayroon man pong ganun ay ako po mismo ang mananawagan sa media,” ani Domagoso.

Ginawa ng alkalde ang paglilinaw kasunod ng mga ulat na ilalagay sa lockdown ang maraming barangay kasunod ng pamamahagi ng pinansiyal na ayuda mua sa lokal na pamahalaan.

Ayon kay Mayor Isko, dumadaan sa masusing pag-aaral bago mailagay sa hard lockdown ang isang lugar.

Kailangan ding may mataas na kaso ang isang barangay upang maikunsidera itong isailalim sa mas mahigpit na quarantine measure.

Sa pinakahuling ulat, aabot na sa 1,152 ang nag-positibo sa coronavirus sa lungsod ng Maynila. Tatlumpu’t tatlo rito ang bagong kaso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Funeral services in Manila overcharging, refusing COVID-19 cadavers to face penalties – Mayor Isko

Robie de Guzman   •   April 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Funeral homes in Manila that would refuse and charge higher cremation and burial fees for those who died from novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will face sanctions, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said.

In a Facebook Live video on Wednesday, Domagoso said he has signed Ordinance No. 8628 which penalizes any funeral service refusing to handle the remains of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients.

It also imposes fines to funeral homes that would offer overpriced coffins.

“All funeral homes or funeral service facilities operating in the City of Manila are mandated to provide logistical and transportation support to deceased COVID-19 patients whether positive or probable,” the ordinance read.

Mayor Isko said that funeral homes that will fail to provide the mandated logistical and transportation support to deceased COVID-19 patients will face suspension or cancellation of business permits.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier directed local government units (LGU) to ensure that cadavers of COVID-19 cases are buried or cremated within 12 hours after their demise.

The LGUs are also advised to impose a price ceiling on funeral services located within their jurisdiction to prevent them from charging higher fees.

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