Former President and Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada said that it’s easy for him to remove the vendors anytime like what his successor Isko Moreno is currently doing.
However, he explained that during his term as the Mayor, he’s also thinking about the welfare of the unfortunate illegal vendors if they’re going to lose their only business.
According to Estrada, he wanted to ensure that the City Government of Manila could give new businesses among the illegal vendors before clearing operations.
“Kung ‘yung sasabihin mo sa’kin na yung mga vendors nalinis, naayos lahat e hindi ko kayang gawin yun hangga’t walang kapalit na hanap-buhay sila,”Estrada said in an interview with GMA News.
“Kayang-kaya. Utusan mo lang hindi ba puwedeng sumunod sa mayor ang pulis saka mga bumbero? Orderan mo lang ‘yan. Sandali lang ‘yun, pero isipin mo naman yung damage na kawawa naman yung mga mahihirap dun lang umaasa sa pagkain nila, sabi ko nga hungry stomach knows no law,” he added.
Estrada also insisted that he’s doing cleaning operations around Manila, but not publicizing it on media like what Moreno is doing.