MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered a clampdown on establishments operating illegally and to have them shut down the moment they are found in violation of any city rules or regulations, ‘no ifs or buts.’
This was learned from secretary to the mayor Bernie Ang, who said the drastic move came after ten women foreigners were found to have been illegally working as ‘entertainers’ in a nightclub during an inspection made by operatives from the Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT) headed by Maj. Jhun Ibay, based on reports gathered by the said unit.
Ang, who revoked the business permit that became the basis for the closure order against the SHA-SHA KTV Bar located at Malate Crown Plaza on Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila, said they are now coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to inquire about the status of the said female foreigners who did not have the required working permits when apprehended by Ibay’s men.
Said bar, when subjected to spot inspection, was found to have in its employ the said foreigners — nine Russians and one Kazhakstan national.
‘The fact that Mayor Moreno had shown decisiveness that he will not tolerate any form of illegal activities should have been enough warning that the city government means business,’ Ang said.
He added: ‘Akala siguro nila walang gobyerno kasi wala ngayon sa Maynila si Mayor Isko. Nagkakamali sila dahil kung gaano kaseryoso sa trabaho si Mayor Isko, ganundin si Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna bilang acting mayor sa ngayon.’
A revocation order signed by Ang and Bureau of Permits Chief Levi Facundo directed bar owner Reynaldo Vergara to cease and desist operations and to surrender the original business permit issued to him, for purposes of final cancellation.