City firm on decision against ukay-ukay vendors’ demand PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 11:01

The city government stands firm on its decision to temporarily keep the old public market clear until such time that the investigation on the deadly fire and  the proper tagging of legitimate occupants are completed.

City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon said that Mayor Beng Climaco  has directed OIC Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario to implement such order and strictly follows the existing market ordinance to prevent similar incident in the future.

Carbon said that even though there was a bargaining appeal from the occupants for them not to be relocated in Sta. Cruz market, their refusal to comply with the order would mean defiance of the lawful order and violating the existing market ordinance.

“The city government will stand firm on its decision to temporarily relocate them whether they like it or not, while we are still in the process of investigating and putting things in order in the burned area,” Carbon said.

The legal officer also warned those who are planning to go against the mayor’s order for them not to insist or else the law will prevail and they will be dealt with legally and in accordance with the existing market ordinance.

Despite the proper dialogue conducted with the legitimate stall owners affected by the fire, some occupants insisted on not going to the relocation site due to reasons like distance from their clients as well as lesser projected daily income compared to their present location.

“As much as possible, we want to put order in public market, that is why the local government is doing proper documentations, we will be removing those considered “colorum” inside who earlier sprouted like mushrooms,” Carbon said.

As this developed, Carbon said his team is almost done with the ongoing investigation on the market fire that killed 15 people.

Carbon said that they are already done investigating four top officials assigned in the old public market from the Market Supervisor I to IV, the three assigned security guards, as well as the statements of the market enforcers assigned in the morning and night shifts. The investigation team will proceed in investigating Asst. Administrator Maria Angelique Go as well as OIC Administrator Elmeir Apolinario in the coming days.

The legal officer revealed that they will no longer wait for the pending results to be submitted by the Bureau of Fire Manila which  is also conducting parallel investigation with regards to the origin of the fire and how it happened. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News