Mayor Isko dismisses MTBP enforcer for extortion

Maris Federez   •   July 22, 2019   •   1854

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

Isko Moreno shuts down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to massive littering

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

Photo courtesy of Manila PIO

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has shut down Divisoria sidewalk stalls due to the amount of garbage found in the area during a surprise inspection on Monday (November 11).

Vendors will no longer be allowed to set up stalls along Ylaya Street in Divisoria.

Moreno also expressed his dismay over the negligence of the vendors in managing their waste.

“Hindi ba kayo nahihiya diyan o talagang baboy din kayo sa bahay? Kailangan ko pa kayo sorpresahin? Pinaghahanapbuhay ko na nga kayo, (Are you not ashamed or are you just as filthy in your own home? Do I still need to surprise you? I already allowed you to set up your livelihood here)” he said.

“Kung ganiyan lang din naman ang iiwan sa atin araw-araw, tigil na silang lahat, (If they will leave [these garbage] everyday, all [the vendors] should just stop)” he added.

The Manila mayor also directed all police stations in the area to monitor the streets of Divisoria to make sure no vendors will return especially in Ylaya street.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Mayor Isko rewards honest pedicab driver

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Wednesday (October 30) rewarded an honest pedicab driver for returning P1.2 million to a Chinese national.

Benjie Ordanza, 42 years old, was presented when the Manila Mayor addressed the nation’s capital on Wednesday.

According to Moreno, Ordanza approached Manila 2nd District Councilor Awi Sia to return a bag containing P1.2 million cash, a watch, and the passport of the owner Zhang Lei.

Moreno expressed his gratitude for Ordanza’s honesty.

“This type of fellow is very rare,” he said. “He could have done anything other than this. It’s literally very rare nowadays. Especially sa hirap ng buhay ng tao, madaling mag-asam ng hindi sa iyo lalo’t kung walang nakakakita (Especially with how difficult life is nowadays, it is easy to take something that isn’t yours especially when no one is looking).”

Ordanza received ₱100,000 from Moreno and Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna.—AAC


Cheap products, gift items for holiday season still available in inner streets of Divisoria

Maris Federez   •   October 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Divisoria is still the place to go to for most people who are in a tight budget when it comes to buying gifts for the holidays.

Although Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered the clearing of the city’s major thoroughfares from vendors, the local government allowed them to occupy the inner streets or what they call the commercial streets.

Shoppers saw for themselves the changes in the area and expressed their satisfaction with what they have seen.

“Malinis,maluwag preskong mamili.  Mas kampante na ngayon kaysa dati na nagsisiksikan hindi mo alam nadukutan ka na,” said shopper Carmelita Mercado.

Aside from the decongested traffic, vendor Jaime Jiao said the area is already safe for tourists.

The stalls are open daily from morning till evening, and on scheduled night market.

Meanwhile, some vendors are appealing to Mayor Isko to allow them to once again occupy the street corners and the sidewalks up until the end of December to support their livelihood during the holiday season. (with details from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf


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