MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday said he wishes former Mayor Erap Estrada “good health and long life to enjoy his retirement” in response to the latter’s criticism of the clearing of major streets of illegal vendors.
Estrada earlier defended himself for not removing the illegal vendors on the streets saying they would be deprived of their livelihood, adding that “hungry stomach knows no law”. Estrada also said he was aware of “organizers” but denied their presence.
Moreno’s drive against illegal vendors was particularly aimed at “organizers” who earn millions of pesos from illegal vendors occupying major roads and streets in Manila for the past six years.
Moreno’s drive was defended by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan. “Hindi inaalisan ng trabaho ni Mayor Isko ang mga vendors. Inaayos lang niya kasi dati, parang wala nang gobyerno. Kahit saan na lang pwede”.
“Laging sinasabi ni Mayor Erap ‘hungry stomach knows no law’. Ibig ba sabihin hahayaan na lang natin na wala ng batas na umiral mapagbigyan lang mga vendors kahit illegal? Kaninong stomach ba talaga ang hungry? Sa vendors o sa kanila na pumayag na mangyari ang ganyan?,” Lacuna added. “Kung walang masabing maganda, ‘wag na lang sana magsalita,” she said chiding Erap and his daughter Jerieka.