QC mayor mulls raps vs organizer of flyover vendors

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 14 2019 10:24 AM

MANILA -- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Wednesday said she is looking into possible charges against the private organizer of a makeshift market under the Luzon Avenue flyover. 

The organizer has permits to operate a business consultancy firm called "E-manage", but none for organizing some 300 vendors, who have been paying him P80 to P100 a day for the past 5 years, said Belmonte. 

The private businessman, she added, collects P10 million yearly but only declared a gross income of P3 million and paid P45,000 in taxes last year. 

Belmote said the businessman did not show up to their supposed meeting last Tuesday. 

"Today, I have a meeting with our city legal office to determine the steps that we have to take against this person," she told radio DZMM. 

This photo shows a makeshift market under the Luzon Avenue flyover. Quezon City Public Information Office

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte shows an acknowledgement receipt issued by a private company to vendors selling goods under the Luzon Avenue flyover. Quezon City Public Information Office

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte shows an acknowledgement receipt issued by a private company to vendors selling goods under the Luzon Avenue flyover. Quezon City Public Information Office

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte inspects a makeshift market under the Luzon Avenue flyover. Quezon City Public Information Office

Belmonte said she also asked the public works department, which has jurisdiction over the flyover, to give her some time to look for a property where the vendors could be relocated. 

"Ang balak ko ngayon at the moment, i-took over muna iyung market, ititigil ko na iyung E-manage dahil ilegal sila," she said. 

"Sinabihan na po iyung mga vendor na 'wag magbayad ng renta kahit kanino, tapos aayusin ko po sila... If they would like to continue their practice, kailangan diretso na po sa pamahalaan ang transactions nila." 

(I plan to take over the market, I will stop the operations of E-manage because it is illegal. The vendors have been told not to pay rent to anyone and that I will organize them. If they would like to continue their practice, their transactions should go straight to the government.) 

Belmonte said she is also seeking additional details on the illegal vendors along nearby Commonwealth Avenue.