MANILA—Office hours at Manila City Hall ended at 5 p.m., but Mayor Isko Moreno’s work wasn’t over Thursday.
At about 7 p.m., Moreno led a team of police officers, city-hall officials, and some photographers to Taft Avenue.
Near the Green Archers’ home, at Sherwood Place, Moreno barged in the building with his team. He went straight to a bar selling liquor, talked to the manager and put up a sign that read: “Establishment closed for violation of city ordinances.”
A few weeks ago, Moreno ordered a liquor ban enforced within 200 meters of any school in Manila.
City officials argued that Sherwood Place, located across De La Salle University, is within the 200-meter ordinance.
Moreno and his group hopped from one bar to another slapping closure signs on those who did not comply.
At least 7 bars were shut down on this day, which La Salle students refer to as “happy Thursday.”
Moreno advised store owners and managers to address the violations, fix their permits, sell only food and process their business permits Friday. He added that they can finish this process and resume business operations immediately.
In the previous administration, business permits took 5 to 10 working days before they were completed, Levi Facundo, officer in charge at the Bureau of Permits said.
Students were generally happy about the decision to close down bars, saying it addresses safety and security concerns among them.