SOME 250 illegal vendors, dozens of illegally parked vehicles and other obstructions were removed along Juan Luna Street in Divisoria area on Thursday upon orders of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. Defiant vendors were driven out, particularly between Santa Elena and Padre Rada streets, as well as on Recto Bridge. Task Force Manila Cleanup head Che Borromeo warned vendors of arrest if they continue block the busy thoroughfare, especially that most of them do not have hawkers permit. The illegally parked vehicles, tricycles, motorized pedicabs and motorcycles were towed.
Jaime R. Pilapil