Mayor Isko warns to close Manila malls with illegal vendors

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has threatened to shut down malls in the city with merchants that do not have permits to operate.

Domagoso issued the warning after a Commission on Audit report showed that more than 1,400 business establishments in the Philippine capital city are operating without permits, which he said deprives the local government of additional sources of revenue.

“Who are continuing to do business without a permit? Buti pa ang mga vendor, nagbabayad ng etneb (bente), sila hindi. Nasa mall pa sila. It doesn’t make sense,” he told reporters in a press conference at the Manila City Hall.

During an inspection personally conducted by Domagoso on Tuesday night at Lacson Underpass in Quiapo, two merchants out of 20 he randomly checked were unable to present their business permits.

The vendors claimed their permits are with the Victory mall administration.

“Lahat ng mall na matatagpuan namin na nangungupahan sa inyo’y walang business permit, pati ‘yung mall niyo, isasara ko, because you are coddling,” he said.

The mayor said he would only issue one warning for businesses without permits, and penalties will be imposed if they continue to disobey the local government. (with details from Harlene Delgado)

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