Tom to ven­dors: Re­turn to area



ABOUT 50 fish ven­dors can go back to the site where their de­mol­ished stalls once stood and con­tinue to sell fish there, with­out any wor­ries of be­ing driven away again by Barangay Er­mita Cap­tain Feli­cisimo “Imok” Rupinta and barangay tan­ods.

This de­vel­oped af­ter lead­ers of the Calderon Bar­racks As­so­ci­a­tion (CBA), an as­so­ci­a­tion of fish ven­dors in Barangay Er­mita, met with Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña on Mon­day at City Hall.

Anna Marie Ariosa, CBA spokesper­son, said Mayor Os­meña told them to go back to the area and con­tinue sell­ing fish there.

Ariosa, to­gether with other fish ven­dors, sought City Hall's help af­ter Er­mita tan­ods, upon the or­der of Rupinta, de­mol­ished fish ven­dors’ stalls on Satur­day and or­dered them trans­fer and to sell fish in another area of the Car­bon mar­ket.

Ariosa and the ven­dors claimed that the ac­tion against them was made be­cause they stopped pay­ing P10 ar­ca­bala, af­ter they read in the pa­pers that it was not re­quired of them to pay that barangay fee.

Os­meña said that the de­mo­li­tion of the ven­dors' stalls was a ploy to trans­fer them to another place where the barangay cap­tain could col­lect more money.

"I see this as a per­sonal busi­ness of “Imok," Os­meña said.

Os­meña as­sured the ven­dors that if they would be ha­rassed again while sell­ing fish in the area, Coun­cilor Dave Tu­mu­lak would be the one to act on that.

Tu­mu­lak is the city's deputy mayor on po­lice mat­ters.

When sought for com­ment, Rupinta said he would al­low the ven­dors to re­turn to the area and he would not bother them.

He said that now the tan­ods would be fo­cus­ing on Kalag Kalag du­ties.

He also said that he would also meet with the ven­dors and Coun­cilor Tu­mu­lak on Fri­day at City Hall where they would dis­cuss this is­sue./

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