Manila Mayor Isko Moreno: “Yung mga kaguluhang binabalak o ginagawa na nakakaistorbo sa pamumuhay ninyo, ‘yun po ay kailangan silang kumuha ng permit.”
On Wednesday, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno announced that permits are needed again for public assemblies held in the city — including rallies.
Mayor Isko said in a televised special report that he has signed a memorandum ordering the strict enforcement of the Public Assembly Act of 1985. According to him, this will help the public “move on” days after the 2022 elections
“Mga kababayan, para po tayo ay tuloy-tuloy na sa pag move on sa buhay. Eh, ‘yung mga kaguluhang binabalak o ginagawa na nakakaistorbo sa pamumuhay ninyo, ‘yun po ay kailangan silang kumuha ng permit,” Mayor Isko said.
Mayor Isko had not required candidates to obtain permits to hold rallies in the city during the campaign period, saying that everyone was welcome in Manila. He, however, said that the government must now “put things in the right order”.
Also, Mayor Isko announced that he had ordered the Department of Public Services, the City Engineering Office, and the City Electrician Office to remove all campaign paraphernalia in public areas in the city.
“Huwag kayong magugulat ha. Baka mamaya magkatampuhan na naman. Tapos na po eleksiyon, wala na pong bisa o halaga, value, itong mga poster na to,” Mayor Isko said.
Just yesterday, Mayor Isko urged his supporters to refrain from joining any “disturbance” and also urged them to instead help presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as he conceded defeat in the presidential race.
On the same day, groups belonging to the labor and youth sectors gathered in front of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) main office in Intramuros, Manila to protest the results of the recently concluded elections.