Isetann Recto mall may be closed for lack of business permit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 8) — Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso on Tuesday said a mall on Recto Avenue faces possible closure after it was found to be operating without a business permit.

Moreno told CNN Philippines' Politics As Usual that he had asked the operators of Isetann mall to explain why they failed to comply with the government's requirement.

When asked if he would have the mall closed, Moreno said, "Of course, they cannot do business without permit in Manila."

The city government said the Manila Bureau of Permits and Licensing Office confirmed that the Trans Orient Management Company, operator of Isetann mall, did not secure a business permit in 2019, unlike in the previous year.

In a statement sent to CNN Philippines, Isetann's management said they have a business permit, and that there might have been a "miscommunication" with the mayor. The management added they are willing to coordinate with the Manila city government on the issue.

Moreno on Monday also threatened to close the mall if proven it is coddling those who sell stolen mobile phones, as he ordered a ban on the sale of secondhand cellphones in the country's capital.

Moreno, an actor-turned-politician has been praised for clearing the streets of Manila in his first 100 days in office. He signed an executive order on Tuesday mandating a weekly clean-up drive in the city.

Moreno has said he wants to serve Manila for three full terms, or nine years, to carry out his long-term plans on tourism, traffic and health.