MANILA - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno threatened Wednesday to close malls in the city that are harboring business establishments that have no permits.
Moreno made the threat after the Commission on Audit revealed more than 1,400 business establishments in the nation’s capital are operating without permits, denying 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,” Moreno 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 said.
Moreno said that one warning would only be issued for businesses without permits, and if they continue to disobey the local government, they will be penalized.
“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,” Moreno warned.
“Fair advice: lahat ng mall na matatagpuan naming may nagungupahan 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 said.