Isko: Probe traders behind ‘province of China’ anomaly

August 21, 2020
Isko Moreno

VISIBLY irked by the brazenness of two Chinese nationals who were caught operating their business under a string of violations and then making Manila appear as a province of China in the address at the back of their products’ package, Mayor Isko Moreno has sought an investigation into their business and status in the country and if warranted, would want their immediate deportation for being undesirable aliens.

He also warned online sellers like Lazada and Shoppee against carrying the products being sold by the two Chinese, stressing that the physical store of the said products have already been shut down.

The company was identified as Elegant Fumes Beauty Products Inc. located at 703A, 707 Sto. Cristo Street and at Divisoria Mall in  Binondo, Manila.

Moreno yesterday wrote National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Eric Distor and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) respectively asking for an investigation into the operations and possible deportation of the incorporators of the company involved, namely Shi Zhong Xing an Shi Li Li. Their Filipino business partners were identified as Diana Jao, Kevin Cu and Marry Ann Camino.

“Hindi po natin pahihintulutan na lapastanganin ng sinuman ang ating bansa na may sariling soberenya. Makakaasa po kayong magsasagawa tayo ng karampatang aksyon upang managot ang mga indibidwal na tila ba inaangkin ang ating bansa o ang Lungsod ng Maynila. Wala rin pong lugar sa Maynila ang mga ilegal na negosyo. Hindi po natin palalampasin ang ganitong mga gawi,” an irate Moreno said on his live broadcast. He did not name the two Chinese pending investigation.

Citing a report resulting from a joint operation by bureau of permits and licensing office (BPLO) chief Levi Facundo and special mayor’s reaction team (SMART) chief Maj. Jhun Ibay, Moreno noted information that the two Chinese had been selling beauty products using as company address “first floor, 707 Sto. Cristo Street, San Nicolas, Manila, Province of China.”

“Nakakapanginig ng laman. I asked Levi Facundo and SMART to go to the said place and close down their store. Una, meron agad violation dahil misrepresentation ng address. Secondly, ang Binondo ay bahagi ng Maynila at ang Maynila ay nasa Pilipinas, kapitolyo ng bansa. Di po ito probinsiya ng China at ni minsan, di ito naging bahagi ng Tsina sa anumang lathalain o kasaysaysang naitala sa panahon natin at mga ninuno natin,” Moreno said.

“Di katanggap-tanggap sa akin bilang Pilipino, bilang Manilenyo. I will write BI to declare these two as undesirable aliens for misrepresentation. Di po ako governor ng China, mayor ako ng Manila, Philippines,” Moreno added.

The mayor stressed that while foreigners are welcome to do business in Manila and will be accorded the same kind of protection that Manilans enjoy for as long as laws allow them, they should also learn to follow the rules and regulations of the city.

Moreno also noted that based on verification with the food and drugs administration (FDA), Facundo reported that the duo’s company is not at all licensed to sell beauty products and this exposes their clients to danger.

“Malalagay sa alanganin ang mga batang Maynila dahil di dumaan sa masusing pagsisiyasat ang mga produkto, walang batch number at name and address of who placed it in the market,” Moreno said.

Ibay said the operation stemmed from the viral post of one Michael Angelo  Reyes and a letter to the Department of Trade and Industry dated August 19, 2020 from PBA Party List Rep. Jericho Jonas Nograles, which alleged that  Ashley Shine Keratin Treatment sells cosmetic products with printed manufacturer, “Manila is a Province of the People Republic of China” as indicated on the label.

During the operation, Ibay reported there was no any subject products being sold or displayed in the area and that his office had been contacting Reyes but he cannot be reached. #