Parañaque City to set aside P40-M for Baclaran flea market

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Mayor Edwin Olivarez on Friday said that the Paraňaque City government is planning to set aside P40 million to build a flea market in a government-owned lot in Aseana compound to solve the illegal use of roads by Baclaran vendors.

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Olivarez made the disclosure after Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Tomas Orbos headed clearing operations in the area.

Olivarez stressed that there must be a decisive solution to end this old problem in Baclaran.

The MMDA has conducted clearing operations here a number of times but the vendors return each time.

Olivarez also directed Paraňaque City police chief, Senior Supt. Jemar Modequillo, to arrest the leader and members of “Baclaran 7,” a syndicate that collects more a million daily from the vendors.

In a statement, Olivarez said “around 900 illegal vendors are under the protection of the syndicate led by ‘Eve,’ ‘Jojo’ and ‘Adam,’ who remain untouchable despite a crackdown on the syndicate last year.”

“The illegal vendors are required to remit between P100 to P300 a day. The money is remitted to Jojo, a former employee of the Bureau of Immigration; Eve, who is believed to be a high-ranking city hall official and Adam, who is reportedly connected to an official of the Southern Police District,” Olivarez said. NELSON S. BADILLA

 

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