On Monday, ABS-CBN news anchor Noli De Castro apparently appealed to Manila city mayor to act on the unresolved complaints of devotees against the vendors.
In a radio interview on Friday, Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada answered on the reportedly rude-on-air attitude of former vice-president De Castro in his opinion regarding ambulant vendors who may cause hazard and interfere with the Black Nazarene procession.
The former president concluded that the city government has been trying any possible way to address the issue, which seems very hard to resolve.
“Hindi mo naman madidisplina kahit yung mga vendors na ‘yan eh, dahil sa dami ng tao, hindi mo na maaasikaso ‘yon. Mga minor ano lang ‘yan eh. Maliit na bagay, hahanapan niya kami ng butas,” Estrada said.
Estrada is said to give vendors consideration since they are just trying to make a living.
You also have to understand the situation of the poor. Siya naman galing doon, dapat naiintindihan niya. Lagi kong sinasabi, hungry stomach knows no law. Dapat niyang malaman iyon,” he added referring to De Castro’s comments.