MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday asked Councilor Letlet Zarcal to draft an ordinance prohibiting the selling of secondhand cellphones in the city.
The mayor’s action came after the arrest of a notorious robbery-holdup suspect identified as Christopher Dumapi alias ‘Toper’, 28, a member of Batang City Jail gang and residing at Barangay 118, Sambayanan, Building H in Tondo, Manila.
Moreno also called on the parents of Dumapi’s three cohorts to surrender their sons to avoid the possibility of shootout during their arrest.
“Hangga’t maari ay gusto kong makuha silang buhay kaya ako naga-abiso. Matindi ang ginawa ng mga anak ninyo kaya isuko n’yo na lang sila para harapin ang batas,” Moreno said, referring to a viral video of the four suspects when they forced open the door of a truck stuck in the middle of traffic on Mel Lopez Boulevard and at knifepoint held up the driver. The suspect’s cohorts identified as Jack Dumapi, Junjun Barola and Jimwell Jimenez are now being hunted down by the group of Manila Police District Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT) headed by Maj. Jhun Ibay.
Dumapi was arrested after a netizen posted a video on social media last October 5.
Moreno said banning the sale of secondhand cellphones would lessen the incidence of snatching, holdup and stealing. Buyers of secondhand cellphones will also be liable.
Moreno said he is studying the possibility of shutting down Isetann Mall in Recto once it is proven that the mall continues to sell stolen cellphones.