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Pasig mayor shuts Chinese restaurant for operating without permit

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Pasig  City Mayor Vico Sotto ordered the closure of a Chinese restaurant for allegedly operating without a business permit.

Sotto said Fu Yuan Ji, “was opened without any permit from the city.”

“We presume the owner is a Chinese national because he was talking to us over the phone through an interpreter,” Sotto was quoted as saying.

In a Facebook post, where Sotto announced the closure of the restaurant, he told business owners who want to put up their business in Pasig to undergo the legal processes and get necessary permits and licenses from the city government.

“If you want to do business in our city, you follow our laws,” the mayor said.

Sotto likewise said Pasig City is willing to help the Bureau of Immigration apprehend and deport illegal Chinese workers in the city.

“To the Bureau of Immigration, just let us know how the LGU of Pasig can help in catching and deporting these illegal workers,” he said.

Sotto also warned those who use his name in negotiating with Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).

“Consider this as a fair warning. One-strike policy for City Hall employees,” he continued.

The mayor also welcomed the relief of 19 officials and personnel of the Immigration department over the “pastillas” scheme.

The scheme, where illegal Chinese workers allegedly pay P10,000 grease money to enter the country with ease and work at POGO hubs has been uncovered lately by the Senate.

“On a similar note, we are happy to hear about the removal of immigration officers who were involved in allowing Chinese workers to enter the Philippines illegally,” Sotto said.

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