MANILA City Mayor Isko Moreno said Wednesday, last week, that arresting street dwellers, beggars and homeless and sending them to jail is not his cup of tea.
“Hindi kasalanan ang maging palaboy,” said the mayor.
Moreno, dismissed the idea of arresting street dwellers who end up begging in the streets.
“Baka maganda din ang iniisip nila pero ako, mas gusto ko kunin na lang sila,” Moreno said, when asked if he was amenable to the idea broached by a national government official to have the beggars arrested for fear that they may be spreading coronavirus since they do not observe any protocols like wearing of face masks.
Moreno, himself a former squatter, added: “Maybe those from the national government have a different perspective about it but sending these people to jail is, to me, another thing. It’s not my cup of tea.”
The mayor said that for almost eight months now, the city government of Manila, through the social welfare department headed by Re Fugoso, had been taking care of hundreds of homeless people who ended up living in the streets due to the pandemic in three facilities designated for the purpose.
“Hindi sa pagbubuhat ng bangko, since nagka-pandemya ay inakap natin ang mga homeless and unwanted individuals. We have been feeding them for nearly eight months already and a medical team checks them too. It’s not too comfortable but definitely a lot better than living in the streets,” he said. ANDI GARCIA