Do not give alms to mendicants - Isko

July 09, 2020
Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno with social welfare chief Re Fugoso before the quarantine. Photo by JERRY S. TAN

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday asked motorists and kind-hearted individuals not to give alms to street dwellers and instead let the local government do its part in giving assistance.

“Hayaan nyong igiya ko kayo…dalhin nyo sa gobyerno ng Maynila and we will make sure na ang inyong kabutihang-loob ay makukuha ng mga tunay na nangangailangan. Minsan kasi, ang kabaitan n’yo ay siya namang pagsasamantalahan na di naman nakabubuti para sa kanya,” Moreno said.       

Moreno said that while the city government is caring for the homeless, he wanted to do it through proper channel.

Moreno’s appeal came after more than 700 people allegedly homeless were rounded up by a joint team of the Manila Police District (MPD) under Gen. Rolly Miranda and the Manila Department of Social Welfare headed by Re Fugoso. Most of the alleged “homeless” were found to be high on drugs or drunk.

“Marami sa kanila ay may paraphernalia ng drugs. Hindi namin sila naaktuwalan pero may mga paraphernalia sila ng iligal na droga. Maganda ang ginagawa ninyo pero hindi siya nagdudulot ng mabuting resulta sa pangmahabaan.  Iwasan ninyong mamigay ng pera kasi, bagamat hindi lahat, pero karamihan sa kanila ay ipambibili lang ng alak at rugby, pati shabu ng perang ibinibigay ninyo,” the mayor said.

Moreno said that during the start of Metro-wide lockdown last March 16, he immediately directed Fugoso to gather all the homeless people and bring them to evacuation facilities. However, many absconded and go back to the streets to beg.