MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno the other night led the lighting up of Taft Avenue, from Manila City Hall up to the city boundary in Vito Cruz.
“We all know that darkness is every criminal’s ally. We hope that the bright lights will serve as a deterrent to crimes and their perpetrators,” Moreno said, noting complaints about how dangerous the dimly-lit Taft Avenue had become these past years.
As the lights were turned on, Moreno walked on both sides of Taft Avenue to see for himself the effect of the lights that were installed for the sidewalks and for the streets.
Moreno also took time out to talk to motorists and pedestrians who cheered him and had their pictures taken with him, and thanked him for lighting up the place.
Criminal elements like holdup men, snatchers, pickpockets and even kidnappers have reportedly been operating on Taft Avenue because both sides of the main street are dark and consequently conducive to crimes.
Moreno called on the public to help the city safe from damage. City funds were spent for the led lights which are cost-efficient and bright.