Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s cleanup drive has been getting mixed reactions on social media.
Many are happy with Moreno’s cleanup drive, heaping praises on the Mayor’s resolve to bring back the old glory of Manila.
However, there are those who sympathize with the poor vendors that lost their livelihood while criticizing the cleanup drive of Mayor Isko Moreno.
One of the harshest critics of Moreno’s Manila cleanup drive is Jerika Ejercito Aguilar, daughter of former Mayor Erap Estrada, whose commentary on road-clearing operations against the vendors in Manila made the rounds online.
If Mayor Moreno’s cleanup drive has critics, of course, it also has a fair share of supporters as well.
One of Moreno’s defender is none other than Netherlands-based Pinay expat Sass Rogando Sasot who wasted no time in taking a swipe at Jerika Ejercito for calling Mayor Moreno’s cleanup drive anti-poor and undemocratic.
In a Facebook post, Sasot lectured Jerika that the Mayor of Manila’s cleanup drive is democratic and unruly vendors action as the real undemocratic by appropriating the road for their private use.
Besides, Sasot argued, the vendors were not removed from the streets, they were merely moved to the sidewalks and free up the road for vehicles and continue their trade.
And lastly, Sasot also took a jab at the politicians and leftists who rode on the issue by asking them where did they spend their PDAF to build wet/dry markets if they are really after the welfare of the poor?
You may read Sass Rogando Sasot’s full FB post below.
Naku ayan na naman ang mga pumupuna kay Isko Moreno. “Democratic” daw ba ang pag-papaalis sa mga vendor sa kalsada. Na-consult daw ba ang mga “vendor.” In short, ang “kawawa” naman daw ang mga mahihirap.
Unang una, ang kalsada ay para sa tao at hindi para sa iilan lang. Did the “vendors” consult the people, who paid for the road, when they appropriated the road for their own personal use? No. So bago singilin ng “demokrasya” ek ek latik ang Mayor ng Maynila, have you ever asked those people who used the road for their PERSONAL use if what they did was democratic in the first place? Ang personal appropriation ba nila ng kalsada ay for “public interest”? So papaano ang mga mahihirap na gumagamit ng kalsada para pumunta sa trabaho? Pumasok sa eskwelahan? Papaano ang mga mahihirap na kailangan ng matinong lalakaran kung ang kalsada at ang bangketa ay ginawang tindahan ng iilan? So anong demokrasya ang pinagsasabi ninyong na-apektuhan when the appropriation of the road itself for PRIVATE USE violated the REAL democratic use of the road?
Tinanggalan ba sila ng kabuhayan? They were just removed from the ROAD na para sa mas nakakaraming tao.
Ikalawa, the vendors were removed from the road and moved to the sidewalk. A good compromise would be to allow them to use the road at night. Pero hwag naman iyong buong araw eh sa inyo ang kalsada?!
Ikatlo, iyong mga nasa KALIWA at iba pang mga pulitiko Yan na naman kayo sa mga “urban poor” keme latik latik. Oi, mga burikat, diba may PDAF kayo noon? Eh di sana ang ginamit ninyo sa PDAF ninyo eh nagpagawa kayo ng wet/dry market na kung saan pwedeng i-pwesto ang mga informal entrepreneurs. Anong petsa na?