PARAÑAQUE City Mayor Edwin Olivarez ordered the closure of 18 restaurants and business establishments reportedly owned by Chinese citizens for operating without necessary permits and for violating several city ordinances.
City Business and Licensing Office head Atty. Melanie Soriano-Malaya said that most of the restaurants are located in Barangays Tambo and Baclaran, 100-meter away from world class hotel and casinos at the Entertainment City in Coastal Road.
Ordered padlocked were Wu Pinna Restaurant, registered under the name of Roberto Ho; Tuixianglo Restaurant, registered to Domingo Palmaria; Sunshine Mart, also under the name of Palmaria; All Thing Supermarket, registered to Robert Ong; and Juzi Mart, named to Vicky Tercenio.
The establishments were all located in Barangay Baclaran, operating without mayor’s and business permits and violating city ordinance on sanitary and environment laws.
Also padlocked were Shabu-Shabu Restaurant, under the name of Jin Yuan Ji; Chinli Eatery, named to Timoteo de ver Lajara; Shaxian Food Pub, registered to Maryjame Tangan; Cravemouth, of Marvin Yabut; Abner and Angels Food House, operated by Abner Maestrado; Dao Dao Chinese Restaurant; Chinli Eatery, both with no names of operators, all located in Brgy. Tambo.
On the other hand, Yaki Yaki Homemade Dish located in Barangay Sto. Nino, was also padlocked when the city hall operations started last June 20.
Soriano-Malaya said the restaurants also violated a city ordinance which requires business establishments in foreign language to have accompanying translation in alphanumeric characters readable by the public.
Mayor Olivarez ordered the crackdown following reports that Chinese businesses have proliferated in the city with signages and menus written only in Chinese characters and catering exclusively to Chinese tourists.
The city chief executive learned that majority of the Chinese owned restaurants are using Pilipino dummies and being protected by some groups in the said barangays for them to operate illegally.
Soriano-Malaya for her part added that they have started to inspect and tax mapping the establishments run by foreigners last April, which they were given enough time to comply but they failed to settle their respective tax liabilities.