“Huwag na kayong magbaka-sakali pa.”
This was the advice given by Mayor Honey Lacuna to illegal vendors, stressing that the no illegal vendor policy of the city of Manila will remain all throughout the holiday season.
Lacuna said she has standing orders for continuous clearing operations in areas where vendors are not allowed, namely Divisoria, Recto, Blumentritt and Carriedo.
“Bawal pa rin po ang illegal vendors. Meron lang pong specific lugar kung saan tayo pupuwedeng mangalakal,” Lacuna said when she guested at the MACHRA’s (Manila City Hall Reporters’ Association’s) Balitaan sa Harbor View, where she said that the city government‘s policy about the issue has not changed.
Lacuna added: “Diretso pa rin ang clearing operations naming, kaya kami ay nananawagan sa mga illegal vendors na ‘wag nang mag-bakasakali pa, dahil di ho kami titigil na araw-araw linisin ang Divisoria, Recto, Blumentritt at Carriedo nang sa gayon, mas madami po ang makakapunta at makapamili nang maayos sa areas na ito, maluwag kasi.”
The lady mayor also called on Manilans to take it upon themselves to wear face masks when they go to places where physical distancing cannot be observed properly, even if they are outdoor areas.
Lacuna expressed gladness though, that whenever she goes around, she sees people still wearing their facemasks outdoors, without the need to tell them.
“Kapag ‘yung lugar di mapapanatili ang physical distancing, kailangan mag- mask. Isa po ‘yan sa tinututukan namin eh. Pero pag kayo naglibot, naka-facemask pa din ang mga tao. Hindi kailangan sabihan. Sa sarili nila siguro, gusto nila ligtas sila,” she said.