By Ria Fernandez
Despite the order on Monday banning vendors along ‘Traslacion’ routes, some still refused to heed and went on with their usual business at Plaza Miranda.
Among them was Annabelle, not her real name, who was selling bottles of mineral water during the blessing and procession of Black Nazarene replicas on Quezon Boulevard.
She said she knew about the zero vendor policy but she still defied it.
“People need water to quench their thirst,” she said in Filipino.
Another was Mary Ann Macalla. Her pushcart of religious items was stationed just a few steps away from the police precinct.
“This is already a tradition,” she explained.
“Of course, since we are poor we only want to make a living,” said Macalla, who is also a Black Nazarene devotee.
Based on the list of prohibitions released by the Manila Police District (MPD), the zero vendor policy was slated to take effect “in all ‘Traslacion’ routes especially at Quiapo Church” at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 7.
However, when sought for comment, MPD chief Vicente Danao Jr. said the order only covers Villalobos Street, Plaza Miranda, and Quezon Boulevard in the meantime. It will be implemented in other areas tomorrow, Jan. 8.
He also recognized the fact that some are hard to control.
Nevertheless, Danao said they “will always caution them.”
“We hope everybody follows,” he said.
But in the case of Annabelle and Macalla, both said they will still continue up to ‘Traslacion’ on Jan. 9.