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US Ambassador lauds ‘total rockstar’ Manila Mayor Isko

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – “A total Rockstar,” this was how United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim called new Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso when they met on Friday.

Kim lauded Domagoso’s progressive policies and leadership style that “bring dynamism and energies” to the position.

The new mayor of the Philippine capital city recently grabbed headlines for dramatically reforming Manila’s congested roads and markets, ordering clearing operations against illegal vendors and other road obstructions.

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Kim also commended Domagoso’s stance on the government’s campaign against drugs. The mayor earlier expressed support for the program but cautioned police to respect human rights.

“We appreciate your approach. You’re dealing with it in a manner that is consistent with human rights and rule of law,” Kim said.

Mayor Isko, who took part in the US State Department sponsored International Visitors Leadership Program in 2011, also shared with Kim his policies and plans for the City and “the core values that influence his mindset and leadership style.”

When asked by Kim on what keeps Mayor Isko awake at night, he replied: “My greatest is for the people to accept that chaos is the norm in the city.”

44-year old Domagoso was with his chief of staff, Cesar Chavez, when they paid Kim a visit on Friday morning while the US envoy was accompanied by Internal Political Chief of the Embassy Josh Morris. Their meeting lasted for nearly 45 minutes.

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Authorities arrest ‘spiderman’ for electric pilferage

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Authorities have arrested two men for electric pilferage in Manila.

Suspects Amador Cabuatan, 72 years old, and Christian Garcia, 37 years old, were caught attempting to illegally install electrical jumpers.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has dubbed these kind of individuals as “spiderman”.

Garcia said he was directed by Cabuatan to install an extension. Authorities seized electrical wires, screwdrivers, and pliers from the two.

“Ang sabi lang po sa akin itago ko po iyong wire, iyon po utos sa akin kasi para hindi raw po makita ng Meralco, (I was told to hide the wire for Meralco not to see it),” he said.

Cabuatan said they did it to install a light in their store.

Meanwhile Moreno decided to free the two ‘spidermen’. “Let’s make this day a forgiving day,” he said.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza) 


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Manila LGU seeks suspension of Baclaran-Divisoria jeepney route

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

The Manila local government seeks to suspend the Baclaran-Divisoria jeepney route due to numerous complaints of cutting trips.

According to Mayor Isko Moreno, the roads along the area are already cleared so there is no reason for drivers to cut trips.

He also said it is unfair for passengers to pay the full amount but have their trip cut short.

“Pagod na pagod na iyong mga iyan. Biruin niyo kayo magtrabaho otso oras. Ang gusto mo sumakay ng jeep, umuwi nalang, makatulog makasama ang pamilya mo tapos matotolongges ka pa sa kalye, (These [passengers] are already tired. Imagine working for eight hours and you just want to take a jeep and go home to be with your family, but then you will get stranded on the road),” he said.

The local government is already preparing the complaint to be filed before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to suspend the Baclaran-Divisoria jeepney route.

Other routes including MCU-Blumentritt, Cubao-Divisoria, as well as routes in Padre Faura, Pedro Gil and Paco are also at risk of suspension.

The Manila LGU is also receiving complaints of cutting trip against jeepneys operating in Morayta, Far Eastern University, and Philippine School of Business Administration.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB said they will thoroughly review the complaint to be filed by the Manila government.

“We’ll accept whatever complaint the city will file against any and all public utility jeepneys. Kahit na anuman, pwedeng may UV express or may taxi na pupunta rito sa Metro Manila na nagti-trip cutting o kaya’y nag-aabuso sa kanilang prangkisa, (Whether that is a UV Express or taxi that are cutting trips in Metro Manila or if they are abusing their franchise we will accept it)” according to LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III.

Moreno already held a meeting with the officials of the LTFRB and Inter-Agency for Traffic regarding the traffic problem in Manila.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

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Mayor Isko dismisses MTBP enforcer for extortion

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Mayor Isko Moreno presents to the media the MTBP enforcer
caught in the act of extortion on CCTV (Photo: Manila Public Information Office)

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday dismissed from post the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTBP) enforcer who was caught in the act of extortion on CCTV.

This was after a netizen posted on her Facebook account an enforcer who seemed to be extorting money from a motorist. 

Seen on the video was the companion of the motorist who was counting money to be given to the said enforcer.

During Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at the Manila City Hall, Moreno warned the MTBP that the whole team will be sacked if they will not present the said enforcer to him.

The group then presented Ricardo Galit, the enforcer seen on the video, to the office of the mayor at around noon.

Moreno confiscated Galit’s ID and vest bearing the insignia of the MTPB.

The local chief executive stressed that Galit will never get the chance to once again be part of the MTBP and that he will be facing charges for his illegal activity. (with report from April Cenedoza) /mbmf

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