Coun­cilors ask QC po­lice to con­trol street beg­gars

Tempo - - News - (Chito Chavez)

As the Hol­i­day sea­son nears, beg­gars have started to mush­room on ma­jor thor­ough­fares in Que­zon City, ham­per­ing traf­fic flow while putting the pub­lic’s lives at risk.

With this sce­nario, Que­zon City of­fi­cials urged mo­torists and the pub­lic to re­frain from giv­ing alms to beg­gars and just course their do­na­tions to rep­utable and le­git­i­mate char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tions.

Coun­cilor Vic­tor Fer­rer Jr. said that com­plaints have reached his of­fice that beg­gars have started to in­crease, putting them­selves in dan­ger as they cross the streets to beg for alms from pas­sen­gers and mo­torists.

Most of the beg­gars can be found scam­per­ing along parts of EDSA, Min­danao Av­enue and Cir­cum­fer­en­tial Road 5 while oth­ers are hand­ing out en­velopes to jeep­ney pas­sen­gers ask­ing for alms.

Fer­rer, to­gether with Coun­cilors Al­lan Fran­cisco and Eufemio Lagum­bay, have also re­ceived com­plaints that even de­cent-look­ing in­di­vid­u­als are pass­ing notes on the streets, fast food chains and in­side shop­ping malls ask­ing for do­na­tions.

Fer­rer also scored the act of beg­gars us­ing in­fants and tod­dlers to gain pub­lic sym­pa­thy even dur­ing heavy rains or un­der the scorch­ing heat of the sun.

“It is very de­plorable, mon­thold-ba­bies be­ing used by beg­gars to get alms? How ter­ri­ble,’’ Fer­rer said.

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