And ‘ma-boteng’ usapan.
A STERN warning was issued by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to policemen who will take money from or mulct vendors in exchange for special favors like allowing them to sell in or occupy prohibited areas and even obstruct the streets, saying these cops will be dealt with accordingly.
In his live broadcast, Moreno also warned a certain ‘Bekbek’ whom he said had been reported to him as behind the operation of illegal vendors who serve as obstructions in the streets that have been previously cleared by the city government.
“Baka akala ninyo pandemya, pag nakatalikod ang gobyerno sige kayo. Kayo mga Eddie ha, meron pa ‘kong naririnig diyan ‘Bekbek,’ sige. Pasensiyahan tayo.. sinabi ko na sa inyo, sa mga pulis na malalaman ko na patong sa vendor o sa obstruction, dito ko kayo ipakikilala (live broadcast),” Moreno stressed.
He added: “Uulitin ko.. magtino kayo. Ang dami nang problema. Ako, naniniwala di yan mage-exist.. alam mo nang bawal, me obstruction, wala kang ginawa? Isang bagay lang ‘yan. Nasa mabuting ‘cash-unduan’ ‘yan at ‘ma-boteng’ usapan. Wala tayong tolonggesan.”
The mayor’s warning came after members of the department of public services headed by Kenneth Amurao conducted clearing operations over the weekend where they removed obstructions that included illegal vendors on Juna Luna Street, where vending is strictly not allowed, it being a major thoroughfare.
Moreno expressed belief the vendors will not be emboldened to violate the city regulations by operating in prohibited areas, without the imprimatur or blessing of policemen under whose jurisdiction the subject areas directly fall.
He stressed that certain thoroughfares that have been previously cleared of vendors are ‘non-negotiable’ meaning, vending there are still not allowed. These include Juan Luna, Soler, the whole of Recto Binondo side, Carriedo, Paz, A. Linao, Pedro Gil and Taft Avenue among others.
“Di po tayo titigil kahit pailan-ilan, kukunin natin ‘yan (obstruction) dahil sa pag-abuso ng mga me tindahan. Pagpasensiyahan n’yo na, wala tayo magagawa. Akala n’yo abala kami sa paghuli ng mga kriminal at sa COVID ha. Ang kaayusan sa Maynila kailangan ay certain…tuloy-tuloy ang polisiya,” Moreno stressed.
The mayor thanked the team of Amurao for their relentless effort in clearing the ‘non-negotiable’ streets of illegal vendors.