Manila gov’t to revoke licenses of funeral homes, establishments violating public drinking ordinance

Published November 23, 2020, 6:13 PM

by Minka Klaudia Tiangco

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned that he will revoke the licenses of funeral homes and other establishments that will violate the city’s ordinance on public drinking.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (Manila City Public Information Office / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Lahat ng punenaryang nagpapa-inom (All the funeral homes that allow public drinking), we will revoke their permit, that is a blatant violation of Ordinance No. 5555,” he said in a statement issued on Monday.

“Walang exception na kapag may patay, pwedeng uminom, walang exception na kapag may birthday, pwedeng uminom (There is no exception that when there is a funeral or a birthday, drinking is allowed),” he added.

According to City Ordinance No. 5555, drinking is not allowed in the city’s streets and all establishments aside from restaurants, panciterias, carinderias, hotels, and bars.

Domagoso said he ordered Bureau of Permits Director Levi Facundo and Manila Police District Deputy District Director Col. Narciso Domingo to make rounds in the city to ensure the establishments’ compliance to the city ordinance.

The Manila mayor also warned the station commanders of the 13 police stations in the capital city that they will be fired should establishments under their areas of responsibility violate the said ordinance.

“Kapag ako umikot ng madaling araw at ako mismo nakahuli at may violation—one-strike policy, tatanggalin natin ang Precint Commander, PCP o Outpost Commander (If I make rounds in the city in the wee hours of the day and I personally catch the violator—one-strike policy, you will be removed as Precinct Commander, PCP, or Outpost Commander). You will be out of Manila, you have no business in Manila,” he said.

“Neglect to me is not petty. The job of the uniform personnel of the Manila Police District is to implement ordinances,” he added.