Manila Mayor Isko orders ‘shrine makeover’ near city hall

Marje Pelayo   •   July 10, 2019   •   4974

Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso continued his city-wide clearing and cleaning operations on Wednesday (July 10).

But instead of going somewhere else, the Mayor opted to check the areas surrounding the city mayor’s office which, according to him, has literally turned into makeshift toilets.

The Mayor was referring to the shrines of notable Filipinos which apparently were surrounded with mounds of human and animal wastes, the reason for the putrid smell within the area.

The Andres Bonifacio Shrine has also been vandalized which further annoyed the Mayor, describing it as “disrespecting” the country’s heritage.

“That is the Office of the Mayor — the seat of power of the City of Manila,” he said.

“Tapos ito amoy tae rito. Nagkalat. Ito sariwa pa (It stinks. Fecal wastes are everywhere. This one is still fresh),” he added.

Mayor Isko immediately ordered the flushing and sanitizing of the monument.

He also ordered the cleaning and makeover of the Emilio Jacinto monument.

After the inspection, the Mayor ordered the relief of Lawton’s Public Community Precinct Commander for negligence of duty.

He also asked the vendors around to keep the vicinity clean. – with reports from Harlene Delgado

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

Dialogue with Panday Sining a waste of time — Mayor Isko

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A resolute Mayor Isko Domagoso has turned down the request for dialogue of Panday Sining even after the activist group apologized for vandalizing the newly painted walls of Lagusnilad Underpass.

The group claimed what they did was not a form of vandalism but an art of expressing their sentiments against the government for allegedly suppressing their freedom.

They argued that last year, they launched a program called ‘graffiesta’ which encourages the public to express their sentiments through writing in public spaces just like what they did in Lagusnilad Underpass.

Panday Sining believes Mayor Isko shares the same goal of lasting peace in the city thus they are asking for an audience with him, which Domagoso deliberately turned down.

“Para ano? Para ubusin ko ang oras ko imbis na bigyan ko ng atensyon ang ibang mahahalagang bagay na kakailanganin ng taong bayan?,” the Mayor said in annoyance.

(For what? To waste my time instead of attending to important matters that the people need?)

“Pinakialaman ko ba sila sa karapatan nila? Hindi. Malaya kayo sa Maynila. Pero wala kayong karapatan na babuyin kami sa Maynila,” he added.

(Did I suppress their rights? No. You are free to explore Manila. But you don’t have the right to mess us up here in Manila.)

Domogoso expressed anger over the group’s waste of public funds because the local government needed to repaint the walls with the money allotted for medicine and the city’s housing project for the poor.

The Mayor is determined to file charges against anyone who will follow what the militant group did in vandalizing the walls of Manila. – MNP (with details from Bernard Dadis)

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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