Articles worth reading
QC Councilor Mikey Belmonte / Facebook

Quezon City to tackle food security problems 

account_balanceQuezon City access_time5 days ago

As the country grapples with a new viral disease that has started to beset the hog industry, Quezon City’s District 2 Councilor Fernando Miguel “Mikey” Belmonte, in his privilege speech, urges other members of the City Council to se...

Navotas closes public markets

account_balanceNavotas access_time5 days ago

Navotas City Mayor Tobias Tiangco issued an executive order directing the closure of all public markets, flea markets, grocery stores and supermarkets every Monday to give way for massive cleaning and disinfection, according to a report by Manila Tim...

Glovax eyes vaccine facility

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

A Filipino pharmaceutical firm plans to build the country’s first vaccine plant to manufacture coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine, according to a report by Manila Times. Glovax Biotech has informed the Department of Trade and Industry...

Makati News

Rainier Eubra

Jojo Binay asks authorities to treat vendors with compassion

account_balanceMakati chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Former Vice President Jejomar C. Binay has urged authorities to exercise “leniency and compassion” in their sidewalk clearing operations after a video showing local enforcers mauling a sidewalk vendor went viral.

Binay, who is also a founding member and adviser of Artikulo Tres, a human rights lawyers’ group, offered legal help to the vendor.

“Should the vendor in the video decide to take legal action, we would be ready to help him,” Binay said in a statement Sunday.

The viral video showed local enforcers tackling a sidewalk vendor to the ground and putting handcuffs on him during a sidewalk clearing operation. One enforcer was shown kicking the vendor on the face.

The local government had announced it has suspended the erring personnel.

Binay welcomed the local government’s action, saying it should also serve as a reminder that the duty of government is to help the poor survive the pandemic.

“I am glad that the local authorities have taken immediate action against their personnel. We should do everything to restore the dignity of the poor,” he said.

“Yung vendor, nagtatrabaho ng marangal kahit may pandemya at malaki ang posibilidad na sya ay magka-COVID. The least government enforcers can do is ask him to move and not confiscate his wares. The times call for leniency and compassion,” he added.

The former vice president said incidents like this “only reinforce the notion of a double standard in enforcing the law.”

“The poor are dealt with an iron fist while a privileged few violate the law and get away with it,” he said.

date_rangeDate Published
1 month ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Photo Courtesy of Makati PIO

Makati Council approves PPP venture for Ospital ng Makati 2 

account_balanceMakati chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

Ospital ng Makati 2 (OsMak 2) is on its way to completion, made possible with a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Agreement approved Wednesday by the City Council, Mayor Abby Binay today said. In a regular council session, the Sangguniang Panlungsod ...

'Auring' destroys over P103 million worth of crops

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

The damage caused by Tropical Storm Auring has amounted to PHP102.98 million, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in a report by Philippine News Agency. In its update, the NDRRMC said agricultural damage from th...

Virus cases jump 2,651 on Feb. 26

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported 561 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the country’s total recoveries to 524,582 or 91.8 percent of all infections, according to a report by Philippine Ne...

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature