Moreno orders to revoke permits of market stalls illegally selling imported meats

Maris Federez   •   August 26, 2019   •   674

At least 60 kilograms of banned Chinese meat products worth more than P20,000 were seized by elements of the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB) Special Enforcement Squad and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) at Aranque Market in Binondo, Manila on Saturday afternoon, August 24. (Photo: Manila PIO)

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has ordered to revoke the business permits of market stalls that are illegally selling imported meat products.

This, following the recovery of the more than 60 kilos of meat products imported from China that were seized in a market in Manila.

“Lahat ng tindahan na mag ca-cater ng iligal na karne lalo na yung galing sa China na hindi allowed , babala ko po sa inyo wi-widraw ko po ang bussiness permit ninyo [This is my warning to all stalls that would cater illegal meats from China, I will revoke your business permits],” said Mayor Isko.

The Manila Veterinary Inspection Board on Saturday conducted a monitoring operation in Aranque Market and has seized 65 kilos of pork, beef, and Peking duck products worth more than P20,000.

The inspection was in coordination with the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) under the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The NMIS said China is not authorized to export the said products to the Philippines.

Mayor Moreno ordered to revoke the business permits and file appropriate cases against all stalls where the illegal meat products were seized.

“Tuluyan niyo na ‘yung mga negosyante. Tama na ‘yung patawad. Puro kasi patawad ang ginagawa natin, puro kumpiska lang eh. Oh ngayon, ‘yung negosyo na nila ang itigil natin, ‘di ba? Eh total mahilig sila mag-iligal eh [File a case against the business owners. Enough with being easy on them. We’d been giving them slack, and just confiscate (the products). Now, we are putting a stop on their business, as they would rather do things illegally,” Mayor Isko added.

Since July, the Veterinary Inspection Board has confiscated more than 2,000 kilos of double dead and hot meats in several markets in Manila.

A special enforcement squad has been created to closely monitor all the markets in Manila to ensure that meat products being sold are of good quality.

The government has started the construction of the new Vitas Slaughterhouse compound in Tondo, Manila which is expected to be in operation in the next six to eight months. (with details from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

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

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.

Misuari lauds Mayor Isko’s planned Muslim cemetery in Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 15, 2019

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari has lauded Manila Mayor Isko Moreno for his plan to build a Muslim cemetery in Manila by 2020.

During their meeting on Friday (November 15), Misuari expressed his gratitude for giving importance to the Muslim community when it comes to burial practices.

“It is extraordinary and magnificent,” he said.

According to Moreno, he considered building a Muslim cemetery because Muslims who died would have to be transported to burial places either in Bulacan, Taguig, or in Mindanao due to the lack of Muslim cemeteries in Manila.

“When I came in sabi ko ‘Bakit ganoon? Mayroon tayong Filipino cemetery. Mayroon tayong Chinese Cemetery. Bakit wala tayong Muslim cemetery?’ (I said, ‘Why is it that we have a Filipino and Chinese cemetery but not have a Muslim cemetery?’),” he said.

The planned Muslim cemetery will have its own entry gate and washing building.

“It’s done next year. This one, considered it done. We are just waiting for the funding,” Domagoso told Misuari.—AAC

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