Isko accused of selling Manila’s ‘heritage assets’

Alongside the Divisoria public market, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso’s administration also sold without public information other “heritage assets” in the city for 65 billion pesos, based on records. of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Manila mayoral candidate Amado Bagatsing revealed on Tuesday.

According to data obtained from the DBM website, the money comes from the sale of Manila “assets” worth 1.46 billion pesos in 2019, 4.93 billion pesos in 2020 and 14.76 billion pesos in 2021, with expected revenue from the sale of the assets amounting to 44.14 billion pesos in 2022.

Bagatsing said his side had received reports that among the public assets already divested by the Manila city government included the City College of Manila in Escolta, the Quiricada fire station, parts of the Harrison Plaza shopping center and public markets including that of Paco.

He expressed concern that the “splurge sale”, if not carefully “considered”, would see other city assets such as Museo Pambata, Manila Yacht Club, Manila Boystown , the North Cemetery and South Cemetery, and even City Hall in danger of being sold too.

“Mayor Domagoso and other government officials in place should make information available about assets that have already been divested,” Bagatsing said at the Pandesal Forum hosted by Wilson Flores.

The former congressman from Manila’s Fifth District said the Domagoso administration should also explain why it sold the city’s assets and where it used the funds from the sale.

“Those who are behind the sale of Manila properties should be punished,” said Bagatsing, a candidate for mayor of Manila under Kabaka (Kabalikat ng Bayan sa Kaunlaran).

Last week, charges were leveled against Domagoso, who is running for president in the May 9, 2022 election, and other city government officials, including Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan. , before the office of the mediator in the context of the sale of the Divisoria public market.

The complaint was filed by public market credit union Divisoria.

In a 14-page complaint, the vendor group charged Domagoso and his company with violations of Republic Act 3019, or the “Anti-Corruption and Corrupt Practices Act.”

The group claimed that the Divisoria Public Market, a heritage property owned by the city of Manila located in the Binondo district, was sold by Domagoso without notice or consultation with the market’s bona fide tenants and vendors.

Bagatsing called the sale “highly questionable, illegal and void” for failing to follow due process.

“It’s a complete disregard for the sellers’ constitutional rights to due process,” he said.

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