This exclusive drone video captured by ABS-CBN News cameraman Val Cuenca shows how the once traffic-ridden Divisoria looked like on Wednesday after Manila City Hall removed illegal vendors in the area.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada went to Divisoria in the morning to oversee the clearing operations. Estrada said he gave the vendors enough time to prepare.
"Gusto ko siyempre magkaroon sila ng hanap buhay pero marami nang reklamo," he said. "Ginawa ang daan para sa mga sasakyan hindi para pagtindahan."
Estrada, however, admitted that he is not sure if the streets of Divisoria will be clear when the Christmas season nears.
Some vendors vowed to return.
"Hindi naman pwedeng as in aalis kami. Babalik at babalik kami dahil dito kami nabubuhay," said one street vendor.
The city hall's clearing team vowed to regularly visit the area to make sure that its streets are clear for motorists. - with a report from Raphael Bosano, ABS-CBN News