Bawal ang epal: Manila Mayor Isko wants name, photo removed from donated food truck

Robie de Guzman   •   July 16, 2019   •   2086

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Tuesday said he has requested his photo and name to be removed from a food truck that served free rice porridge in Andres Bonifacio Shrine on Monday.

Domagoso made the request after a social media user re-posted photos of the truck “Kusina ni Isko” (Isko’s Kitchen) and tagged the mayor.

The internet user pointed out that the truck is contrary to Mayor Isko’s advocacy against “epal” or attention mongers. She also asked whether the food truck was made using public funds.

The Manila Public Information Office replied to the netizen’s query, clarifying that the food truck was not a public project and that no public funds were used.

“These were donated by his friends and supporters, who wanted to put the Mayor’s name on the food trucks. Nevertheless, we thank them for the food they provided during the flag ceremony,” it said.

In a media interview, Mayor Isko said the food truck was not a project of the local government and was only donated by a group of his supporters.

“I thank that group of individuals who are really inspired. Doing so, one thing for sure sa ating kabababayan, hindi sya pera ng pamahalaan, hindi ko pera. Siguro lang gusto lang magkawanggawa,” Domagoso told reporters.

The 44-year old mayor added he already asked the donor to remove his name and photo from the food truck.

“We already called the organization na tanggalin yung pangalan ko… Anyway, discretion naman nila ‘yun whether they put my name or not because that’s their money,” he stated.

“But more than anything else, one way or the other, I’d rather listen to the people na ‘oops may off nga’ and there’s nothing wrong with that in the first place,” he added.

The mayor also suggested the donor could instead dub the truck as “Kusina ng Maynila” (Manila’s Kitchen) or “Kusina para sa Batang Maynila” (Kitchen for the child of Manila).

Domagoso earlier ordered the removal of the names of politicians from schools and hospitals in Manila.

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Days after assuming office, Domagoso has earned praises for launching operations to rid Divisoria and other city streets of illegal vendors and garbage. (with details from April Cenedoza)

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)

Police nab over 200 violators on first day of Tondo 1 hard lockdown

Robie de Guzman   •   May 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 200 violators of quarantine protocols were apprehended by authorities in the first few hours of the 48-hour hard lockdown imposed on Tondo 1 district in the Philippine capital.

Police data showed that among those nabbed for quarantine violations were minors and persons with disability who were later allowed to go home.

Homeless people who were picked up by police officers were brought to the Department of Social Welfare and Development while adult and able-bodied violators were held in covered courts that were converted as temporary holding facilities.

Police said the apprehended violators will undergo inquest proceedings.

Tondo 1 district in Manila is under hard lockdown starting 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 3 until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

Although there is a high number of apprehended violators, Manila Police District director Police Brigadier General Rolando Miranda said this is not a basis to extend the hard lockdown.

“It’s only 204 kumpara mo sa populasyon ng district one ng Tondo na halos isang milyon so napakaliit na porsiyento nun para i-extend ang lockdown,” he said.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ordered the 48-hour lockdown to “contain the spread” and “mitigate any adverse effects” of COVID-19 in the district.

In his order, Mayor Isko said that “disease surveillance, verification or testing and rapid risk assessment” activities will be carried out as response measures to the imminent danger posed by COVID-19.

As of Sunday, May 2, the city health department reported it has tested around 1,409 individuals for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which is higher than its initial target of 1,000.

Of this number, 109 tested positive for the virus using rapid test kits.

The city government said those who tested positive will undergo confirmatory PCR testing, as well as those whose results were negative but showed COVID-19 symptoms.

This is the second 48-hour hard lockdown imposed by the Manila City government. Earlier, the Sampaloc district was placed under hard lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Manila Mayor Isko places Tondo on 48-hour hard lockdown starting May 3

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has ordered the entire district of Tondo to be placed under a 48-hour hard lockdown for surveillance and mass testing operations for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Manila Public Information Office said Mayor Isko has signed Executive Order No. 22 to shut down the entire Tondo 1 district for 48 hours.

The hard lockdown will start from 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 3 until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

Domagoso said the shutdown aims to “contain the spread” and “mitigate any adverse effects” of COVID-19 in the district.

In his order, Mayor Isko said that “disease surveillance, verification or testing and rapid risk assessment” activities will be carried out as response measures to the imminent danger posed by COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, April 29, Tondo 1 has 83 active COVID-19 cases and 231 suspects for the virus. So far, seven residents have recovered while 12 have died.

Domagoso said the announcement of the lockdown was made in advance in order for the city government to complete its distribution of food packs for residents.

He said about 140,166 families in Tondo 1 area will receive food packs on Thursday and Friday.

This is the second 48-hour hard lockdown imposed by the Manila City government. Earlier, the Sampaloc district was placed under hard lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases.

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