Mayor Isko dismisses MTBP enforcer for extortion

Maris Federez   •   July 22, 2019   •   1590

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

Manila kicks off construction of new Vitas slaughterhouse

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2019

Mayor Isko Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan at the groundbreaking ceremony of the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso on Friday (August 23) led the ground breaking ceremony for the renovation of Vitas slaughterhouse in Tondo, Manila.

The Mayor was accompanied by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan in making rounds at the construction site.

The city officials checked the area where the new office of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board will be built.

Domagoso said they plan to install modern equipment into the new facility which they expect to improve the income of the workers and the local government with the help of the National Meat Inspection Commission.

The Mayor, actually, has started to regularize some of the workers in the slaughterhouse under the city hall’s job order. – MNP (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Anti-Botcha: Mayor Isko orders intensified meat inspections in Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday ordered the conduct of intensified inspection in public markets following the seizure of thousands of kilograms of “botcha” or spoiled meat in the capital city since July this year.

Report from the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board presented on Thursday showed that since July 1, around 2,689 kilograms of spoiled beef shanks, pork and chicken meat were seized by authorities from different areas in Manila.

Hot meat are food items that did not pass proper inspection and are deemed unsafe for consumption.  

Mayor Isko also ordered concerned local agencies to set up checkpoints in the entry and exit points of Manila Harbor to prevent the entry of spoiled meat to the city.

He also urged the public to be cautious and observant when buying meat products.

Domagoso also called on meat vendors to join in the city government’s campaign against botcha and to make sure to only sold food products from accredited meat establishments. (RRD with details from Harlene Delgado)

2 National Museum officials arrested for extortion

Maris Federez   •   August 20, 2019

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) have arrested two high-ranking officials of the National Museum.

The two were involved in extortion in exchange of permits issued by the agency, particularly on treasure hunting.

According to the PACC, the two officials had been extorting money from the complainant who has a pending application for treasure hunting permit at the agency.

The two were asking for P120,000 from the applicant for a permit that only costs P3,000.

“So pumunta sa amin iyong complainant then we set up this entrapment operations with the NBI.  Malaki hong halaga iyan for these permits dahil legal fees hindi naman aabot yan ng ganoon kalaki,” said PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica.

The two were identified as Ernesto Toribio Jr, chief of the National Museum Treasure Hunting Section, and Angel Toribio, acting Director and Curator II of the museum’s Cultural Properties Division.

The PACC believes that there is a possibility that extortion has already become rampant at the National Museum as there are no clear guidelines on the process of application permits such as in treasure hunting.

With this, the PACC is urging the National Museum administration to streamline its requirements for permit applications.

PACC will file bribery, extortion, and conspiracy against the two officials. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

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