• Erap warns vendors vs unscrupulous groups

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    Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada on Tuesday warned vendors to be wary of militant groups inciting them to stage rallies against road clearing operations. Estrada said he received reports that some people were organizing street protests to derail the ongoing campaign against illegal vendors. The mayor did not name the militant group. “These extortionists and syndicates who earn money by demanding ‘protection fees’ from illegal vendors are feeling the heat of our street clearing operations. It is no surprising that they are attempting to make this desperate move to break our momentum,” he said. Earlier, vegetable truckers from Benguet complained to Estrada that they shell out P80 a day for a fake business permit and P300 “intelligence fee,” aside from the weekly P2,800 fee, to a group of individuals operating along Recto Avenue in Divisoria.

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