- The local government of Manila ordered the closure of establishments that have been selling products with a label that Manila is a province of China
- The Manila Bureau of Permits said that the label was an insult to the capital city
- The establishments will be asked to present their necessary permits
- PBA Party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles welcomed the decision of City of Manila regarding the issue
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno orders the closure of establishments that have been selling products with a label that claimed the capital city is a province of China.
KAMI learned that the decision of Mayor Isko came after Palace called the issue as “kalokohan.”
In a report by ABS-CBN News, Manila Bureau of Permits director Levi Facundo said that Manila being labeled as a province of China is an insult.
"Wala pong Binondo sa China, ang Binondo sa Maynila. 'Yan ay isang malaking insulto sa atin at hindi tayo papayag," he said.
The bureau of permits will be asking the stores to present its permits from the Manila Health Department, Mayor’s Office, and the Food and Drug Administration.
"Do not misrepresent. Tingnan po ang binibili niyo, kayo po ang magiging liable d'yan dahil kayo ang nagbebenta," Facundo said.
"Tingnan natin kung ang ibinebentang produkto ay may lisensiya coming from FDA, higit sa lahat 'yung labels bantayan po natin,” he added.
Earlier, PBA Party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles wanted an investigation over the manufacturers of the products that labeled Manila as a province of China. He welcomed the order of Mayor Isko to shut down the establishments.
"It is truly refreshing to know that Mayor Isko chose to take action even as some government officials simply dismiss this incident as a 'kalokohan' that must be ignored," he said.
The issue stemmed from a post of a netizen who showed a photo of a hair product that claimed Manila is a province of China.
The Palace downplayed the issue and said that it was just a “kalokohan” that should be ignored. However, he said that the decision will be up to the FDA.
In 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte joked that China can make the Philippines its province and he called it: “Province of Philippines, Republic of China.”
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