Mayor Isko removes name from public WiFi station

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019   •   1023

WiFi station bearing its previous name, Iskonek (left) and after it was changed to MNLkonek

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso on Friday (August 16) changed the name of the newly launched WiFi charging station and phone booth outside the Manila City Hall.

He named the facility ‘MNLKonek’ instead of the original ‘ISKOnek’ which followed his moniker ‘Isko’ after drawing criticisms from netizens.

According to Manila Public Information Office chief Julius Leonen, it’ was the Eastern Communications that named the project ‘ISKOnek.’

Leonen said Mayor Isko is sensitive to criticisms that’s why he makes sure to act swiftly to the demands of the netizens.

The WiFi kiosk was launched on Wednesday (August 14) where the public may connect to the Internet free of charge.

The facility can serve up to 100 users for 30 minutes. – MNP (with details from April Cenedoza)

Fish vendors urged not to hike prices amid reported shortage of tilapia, bangus from Laguna and Batangas

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Wednesday, January 15, called on fish dealers not to take advantage of the reported shortage of bangus and tilapia fishes from Laguna and Batangas amid the Taal Volcano unrest.

In a radio interview, Domagoso advised fish vendors to refrain from jacking up their prices, and to accept supplies coming from other sources other than their usual dealer or “suki”.

“We already gave a directive sa aming market administrator, sa aming 17 markets namin na tanggapin lahat ng uri ng supply galing sa north kasi meron palang suki-suki, eh kapag nawala yung suking supply, hindi sila kukuha,” he said.

Mayor Isko said additional supplies would be coming in from Central Luzon and the Cordillera Administrative Region to meet the city’s demand for fish products, as assured by the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

“So kapag hindi sila kumuha, magkakaroon ng shortage, eh meron naman palang enough na supply, pero sa ibang lugar nanggaling. Kaya wala silang dahilan para magtaas ng presyo,” he said.

Manila Mayor Isko to impose ‘zero vendor’ policy along Traslacion 2020 route

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso will ban vendors from selling their wares along the route of this year’s Traslacion.

“Walang vendor sa buong Quiapo, zero. Lahat ng dadaanan ng traslacion, walang uri ng obstruction,” Domagoso said in a press briefing held ahead of the annual event being observed by the Catholic community on January 9.

Mayor Isko said banning vendors from the procession’s route from Quirino Grandstand to the Quiapo Church will ensure the safety of devotees who usually flock to the event barefooted.

The move is also expected to reduce the trash in the Traslacion’s venue.

Domagoso also said that parking of any type of vehicle as well as ambulances, police mobile and fire trucks along the procession route will not be allowed during the event.

“Kapag iniwan nyo sasakyan nyo, motorsiklo nyo, you will be considered as a donor of the city of Manila,” he said.

“Kailangan ko po ang pakikiisa nyo para sa kaligtasan ng lahat,” he added.

The city government will also implement a truck ban in Manila from January 7 to 9 in view of the event which is expected to draw a large volume of Catholic devotees.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier said it will deploy 11,000 personnel to secure the event. A new security protocol will also be implemented to make the procession quicker, safer and more orderly. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)

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

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