By Erma Edera
Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso threatened to shut down malls harboring business establishments without permits.
The Mayor made the threat after the Commission on Audit (COA) revealed that more than 1,400 business establishments in the nation’s capital are operating without permits, stripping the local government of additional sources of revenue.
“We are going to look at the records of the Commission on Audit to see where these business establishments are,” Domagoso told reporters in a press conference at the Manila City Hall.
“Who are continuing to do business without a permit? Buti pa ang mga vendor nagbabayad pa ng etneb, sila hindi. Nasa mall pa sila. It doesn’t make sense. Hindi ko maintindihan,” he lamented.
Domagoso said that one warning would only be issued for businesses without permits. If they continue to disobey the government, no more warnings would be given.
“If a mall continues to coddle establishments without permits inside their premises, we will implicate the mall. I think it goes for everybody, any mall in the City of Manila,” the Mayor said.
“Fair advice: lahat ng mall na matatagpuan namin may nangungupahan sa inyo ay walang business permit, pati mall niyo isasara ko, because you are coddling illegal vending or illegal transaction of business in your premises. You will be held liable,” he warned.