MANILA—Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Friday lamented the environment of Ylaya Street in Divisoria after vendors left piles of trash on the busy road.
"Hiniling ko na sana naman linisin niyo. Sinabi ko, ilagay niyo sa tamang sisidlan. Mahirap ba ’yung hinihingi ko?" Moreno said in his the Capital Report live Facebook video.
(I only ask that you clean up, put your trash in the correct bins. Is that hard to do?)
Moreno has ordered vendors along Ylaya sidewalk to stop operations after he found the street littered with trash during an inspection early Monday.
"Pasensya na kayo. Siguro naman di ako nagkulang ng paalaala. Binababoy niyo at sinasalahula niyo ang Maynila," Moreno said.
(I'm sorry, but you're forcing my hand. I've repeatedly called everyone's attention about this matter, and yet you continue to defile Manila.)
The mayor emphasized the "good of many comes first."
"Totoo, kayo ay nangangailangan ng hanapbuhay. Pero hindi ko ipagpapalit and karapatan ng nakararami na dapat makinabang na isang malinis na kalye upang kayo na iilan ay papaboran ng pamahalaan," Moreno said.
(I know you need work, but it doesn't mean you have the right to abuse the privilege given to you. A lot more people use these areas and they have a right, too, to clean surroundings.)
Moreno apologized to the legitimate establishment owners in Ylaya and Manileños for letting disorderly vendors set up shop in the busy street, leading to heaps of garbage lying on the busy road.
"Hindi po niyo 'yan deserve," he said, promising he will straighten the situation in Ylaya out. (You don't deserve that.)
Moreno has asked sellers to vacate Recto Avenue and Juan Luna Street in Divisoria, and relocated them to the sidewalks of Ylaya, Zamora, Carmen Planas, Santo Cristo and Jaboneros streets, among others.
Since assuming office, Moreno has led clean-ups in the city and sought to discipline citizens by clearing roads clogged with vendors and illegal structures.