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Isko slams malls for allowing sale of stolen items

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Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso gave two shopping malls a 72-hour ultimatum to stop the sale of stolen mobile phones and other items inside their establishments.

Domagoso issued the order Monday morning following a recent police discovery of the rampant selling of stolen gadgets at a mall in the city.

“I’m giving you 72 hours, Tutuban Mall, Isetann Recto. I will close the entire mall ‘pag patuloy ninyong kinakalinga, pinapayagan ang mga second hand cellphones, vendors na bumibili ng mga nakaw,” Domagoso said.

Aside from the two malls, Domagoso also ordered the management of other malls in the nation’s capital to conduct an inspection on their tenants who are selling secondhand mobile phones inside their establishments.

“Pinanawagan ko, SM, Robinsons, Harrison Plaza, Tutuban, Isetann Recto, 168 at kung ano ano pang mall… Magsiyasat na kayo ngayong araw ng mga pinapayagan nyong mangupahan na magtinda ng mga secondhand na cellphone. Ayaw naming madamay kayo,” he said.

To verify if the mobile phone being sold is not stolen, Domagoso said that those who buy it should get a “proof” from the seller that he really owns it.

“Kapag wala, iconsider nyo na ito na nakaw,” he said.

Domagoso said that the effort to stop buying stolen items is one way to ensure the peace of mind of the parents by ridding the “source” and the “outlet.”

“Ayaw kong may iiyak nanamang nanay, iiyak nanamang tatay, na nasaksak yung anak nya, namatay anak, nya na inagawan ng cellphone,” he added.

According to the city’s chief executive, stolen mobile phones are being sold by robbers in various malls. The discovery came after police recently conducted a follow-up operation at Tutuban Mall following a robbery incident report, he added.

Also, members of the Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT) held on Friday an inspection at Isetann Recto over a report of alleged buying and selling of stolen mobile phones.

The operation led to the confiscation of some 148 assorted brands of phones, Domagoso said.

“Based on record of Manila Police District’s SMaRT, six minors were arrested in robbery snatching,” the public information office (PIO) added.

“Tingnan nyo ang mga involved, mga bata,” Domagoso said.

Domagoso said that he has already ordered the Manila City Hall’s Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) to inspect all the malls in the city and hold those who sell stolen mobile phones accountable.

Charges for the violation of the anti-fencing law can be filed against those who commit it, Domagoso said.

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