Mayor Isko threatens closure of malls, establishments selling stolen mobile phones

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2019   •   489

Stolen smart phones being sold at some commercial establishments in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has warned malls and commercial establishments across the city not to sell stolen cellular phones.

This, after about 148 units of alleged stolen phones were confiscated by the Manila Police District – Special Mayor’s Reaction Team at two known malls in the city.

The Mayor presented before the media on Monday (September 16) five suspects who were arrested in the act of buying and selling alleged second hand but stolen cellphones.

Domagoso said such an act is a violation of Presidential Decree No. 1612 or the Anti-Fencing Law.

“Tigilan ninyo na ang pagtitinda ng mga nakaw na bagay (Stop selling stolen items),” he warned.

“Huwag ninyong sasabihin sa amin na hindi ninyo alam (Don’t tell us that you are not aware of it),” he added.

The official has given the management of Tutuban Center Mall and Isetann Recto Mall three days to check on stall owners and seek legal permits for the used items they are selling.

Otherwise, they will be asked to close down, Domagoso warned.

Earlier, the management of Tutuban Center Mall immediately heeded to Domagoso’s order.

He also calls on consumers to stop patronizing stolen items.

He said theft is one of the common problems among minors, such as the case of a teen who was nabbed for snatching cellphones and is now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Manila office.

“Ayaw kong may iiyak na namang nanay, may iiyak na namang tatay, dahil nasaksak ‘yung anak niya, namatay ‘yung anak niya dahil inagawan ng cellphone (I don’t want to hear another mother or father grieving for their child who died because someone snatched their cellphone),” the Mayor noted.

The Manila Police has launched a manhunt for alias “Bebeng” who is said to be the receiver or seller of the snatched mobile phones.

Meanwhile, Domagoso has ordered the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office to inspect all malls across Manila to determine and report those who sell snatched mobile phones. – MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

Mayor Isko warns hotels evicting medical frontliners

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has warned hotel owners in the city of facing sanctions if they reject accommodation or evict a frontline medical worker.

Domagoso said he is determined to stop the operation of hotels that do not cooperate and adhere with the policies of the local government unit (LGU).

Mayor Isko’s warning was prompted by reports of certain hotels that were evicting frontline medical workers despite a prevailing executive order from the Manila City government.

Executive Order No. 17 orders hotels and motels in the city of Manila to provide free accommodation to all medical frontliners who are particularly working at City District Hospitals and government-owned hospitals. MNP (with details from Dante Amento)

Mayor Isko warns to shut down Manila stores violating liquor ban

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Convenience and grocery stores in Manila that will sell alcoholic beverages amid the implementation of a liquor ban will be shut down, City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned.

Domagoso said the order prohibiting the sale and distribution of liquor will remain in place despite the city’s transition to general community quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also reminded business owners that the sale of alcoholic beverages is merely a privilege granted by the city government.

“Sa mga convenience store na nagtitinda ng alak, kapag nagtinda kayo ng alak na pansamantala naming pinagbabawal dahil yan ay pribilehiyo lang na ibinigay sa inyo at bina-violate ninyo ito, isasara po namin kayo,” Mayor Isko said.

The liquor ban is provided under Executive Order No. 18 issued by Domagoso in accordance with the President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 922 which declares the country under state of public health emergency due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Mayor Isko also appealed for the public’s understanding and urged them to use the government’s financial aid to buy basic necessities instead of liquor.

“Hindi natin kailangan ngayon yan. Ang kailangan natin pagkakaisa, payapa’t panatag na komunidad,” Mayor Isko said.

“Sana po maunawaan niyo po ako, tutal bisyo lang naman ito, ang hinihingi ko lang naman ay pansamantala. Itong mga salapi na ito na binibigay na ayuda eh yan po ay para meron kayong pambili ng pagkain,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Mayor Isko’s offer to all LGUs: free use of Manila’s online tax payment system

Maris Federez   •   May 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has offered the city’s online tax payment system to all local government units in the country for free.

A media advisory released on Saturday, May 23, said Moreno made the offer to help curb the potential exposure of taxpayers to novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

He said his counterpart in local government units nationwide may utilize the City of Manila’s online tax payment system for their respective cities or municipalities.

“Ako po ay nananawagan sa lahat ng mayor sa buong Pilipinas, municipal o city, kung gusto niyo lang, ino-offer namin para sa pangkahalatan na, kung gusto ninyong magkaroon din ng online payment bibigay namin sa inyo ng libre,” Domagoso said in his weekly Facebook Live program, The Capital Report.

In their recently launched website www.cityofmanila.ph, residents of Manila will be able to process their tax payments online.

“‘Yong buong program, ‘yong buong source code, nakuha ko ng libre, kagabi ‘yong may ari ng kumpanya kinausap ko, sabi ko may mga nag-iinquire sa aking mga mayor paano daw magagawa nila sa kanilang localities.  Eh napapayag ko po kagabi,” the mayor said.

He further said, “Sa mga local government units sa Pilipinas, if you want online payment sa tax, sa real property tax, sa business tax and other services kasi pong ito sa amin pati ‘yong healthcare, occupational health clearance, birth certificate, ma-o-online ‘yan, libre ko ring ibibigay sa inyo ‘yong halos na-save namin na daan-daang milyon na gastos.”

The advisory added that the cityofmanila.ph website will also soon offer birth certificates and community tax certificates online services. — /mbmf

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