By Erma Edera
Barely two weeks in office, Mayor Francisco Isko Moreno Domagoso has already been receiving death threats as a result of his efforts to bring back the city’s roads and streets back to the people of Manila.
Third district Councilor Manuel “Letlet” Zarcal, a close associate of the mayor, disclosed that the threats, coming from different sources, were relayed to him, and then also to Domagoso himself.
“The mayor simply brushed aside the threat when the information was given to him, saying it comes with the territory,” Zarcal said.
“Sabi ni mayor, hazards of the job daw ‘yun and only meant to derail his efforts to rid the city of illegal vendors and syndicated, ‘organized’ vending schemes,” he added.
However, Zarcal refused to divulge the details of the threats and the possible sources of such threats.
Zarcal said the threats must have come from those who lost a lot when Moreno has decisively reverted the use of major city streets to motorists, public utility vehicles, pedestrians, and commuters, to the detriment of vendors who have lorded over the said thoroughfares for the past six years.
The mayor earlier revealed that he got an offer of P5 million per day just to stop his order against illegal vendors.
Domagoso has made pronouncements that he was determined to clear Divisoria, Recto, Ylaya , Juan Luna , Soler, Carmen Planas ,Tabora, Asuncion, Villalobos, Carriedo,C. Palanca , Ronquillo, Raon and Evangelista, among others, of obstructions.