Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto ordered the shutdown of a Chinese restaurant illegally operating last February 23. Said restaurant lacked the necessary permits from the city government.
Posts by the mayor on both Twitter and Facebook showcase the restaurant named Fu Yuan Ji being closed down by government officials. A large sign denoting the restaurant as “closed by the Office of the Mayor” seals the doors.
Sotto took the opportunity to warn against illegal businesses and workers. “If you want to do business in our City, YOU FOLLOW OUR LAWS,” he emphasized.
If you want to do business in our City, YOU FOLLOW OUR LAWS.
— Vico Sotto (@VicoSotto) February 23, 2020
When asked by Rappler for further details on the situation, Sotto exclaimed: “Kakapal ng mukha [The nerve of them]!” He was particularly inflamed by the ‘brazenness’ of the owners circumventing the inspections necessary to secure business permits from city hall.
Sotto also shined a light on the entrance of illegal workers and Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs).
“On a similar note, we are happy to hear about the removal of immigration officers who were involved in allowing Chinese workers to enter the Philippines illegally,” he said. “To the Bureau of Immigration, just let us know how the LGU of Pasig can help in catching & deporting these illegal workers.”
“To people who may try to use my name in negotiating with POGOs, consider this as fair warning. 1-strike policy for City Hall employees,” he continued.
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