MAYOR Isko Moreno urged Manila residents to help the city government in the strict prohibition of drinking in the streets and the sale of liquor and intoxicating beverages, by taking videos and photos of violators and posting them on social media in order to reach implementing authorities.
This, as he thanked netizens who have been sending and posting pictures and videos even of half-naked men who continue to disregard or violate the orders of the national and local government for everybody to stay home as a way of containing the spread of the COVID 19. Loitering half-naked in the city is also a violation of a city ordinance.
‘Dun sa nagpapadala, thank you for the pictures and vides of your neighbors who continue to disregard the gravity of the country’s current situation. ‘Yun bang bina-balewala nila ang mismong pamayanang kinabibilangan nila? Thank you for being responsible and vigilant,’ Moreno said.
‘Alam kong 98 percent sa atin ang nababahala. Two percent ang pasaway at pasakit Kakastiguhin po natin sila, ‘wag kayong mag-alala. Poproteksyonan namin at pangalagaan namin ang mga nag-iingat at ang maglalagay sa inyo sa kapahamakan gaya ng mga tolongges na ito, kakastiguhin. Bina-balewala nila ang inyong kalusugan at kaligtasan kaya lumalago ang bilang ng kaso ng may COVID 19 sa Maynila. Marami kayong hinahanap na dahilan, magkakasakit tayong lahat,’’ Moreno added.
The mayor meanwhile thanked those who continue to heed the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) being enforced, thus: ‘Maraming salamat sa pakikinig. It is enough to make us more efficient.’
Meanwhile, Moreno denied rumors that the Divisoria night market will be shut down, saying it will remain open to cater to those who need food supplies as long as there are no guidelines to the contrary coming from the national government.
‘Tuloy ang palengke, suplay ng gulay, bigas karne at isda,’ Moreno assured, with a call for residents to strictly observe social distancing, aside from the ECQ.
Yesterday morning, Moreno issued an executive order banning the sale and distribution of liquor and all kinds of intoxicating beverages in the city, with a directive for the strict implementation of Ordinance 5555 which prohibits drinking in public places.
The move was triggered by persistent reports of residents drinking in the streets and even creating chaos while drunk in violation of the ‘stay at home’ orders and the curfew being enforced in the city.
Barangay authorities and the police have been directed to strictly implement the said orders.