MANILA — Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has on Thursday, 20 August 2020, called for the deportation of two Chinese nationals who branded the capital city as “province of China” on their business addresses and product labels.
On his Facebook Live address, Domagoso claimed that tagging Manila as a “province of China” on the labels of cosmetic products being sold by Chinese company Elegant Fumes Beauty Products Inc. is “unacceptable.”
Owners of the company were identified by city hall officials as Shi Zhong Xing and Shi Li Li.
“Dalawang Chinese nationals (ay nag-ooperate ng business establishment). Akin pong gagawin ay susulat sa Bureau of Immigration to deport and declare these two Chinese nationals as undesirable aliens,” Domagoso said.
“Hindi po ito katanggap-tanggap sa akin bilang Pilipino, bilang Manileño. Hindi po natin papayagan ito. Ang Binondo ay bahagi po ng Maynila at ang Maynila ay bahagi Pilipinas. Ang maynila ay ang kapitolyo ng bansa, hindi po ito probinsya ng China; at ni minsan, hindi ito naging bahagi ng Tsina sa anumang lathalain o kasaysayan na naitala sa panahon natin at panahon ng ninuno natin,” Domagoso said.
The local chief executive also blasted in his mayoral address the Chinese nationals for disrespecting the sovereignty of the Philippines.
“Hindi natin hahayaan ang mga superpower na yan na parang tayo ay pinipitik-pitik lang tayo sa mata at binabalewala nila ang soberenya ng ating bansa at dito pa gagawin sa Maynila,” the Mayor said.
“Hindi po ako governor ng China, Mayor po ako ng Manila, Philippines. Yan po ang address ng Maynila. Maynila ay Pilipinas, at ang Pilipinas ay malaya. May sariling soberenya,” Domagoso stressed.
In effect, the mayor ordered Bureau of Permits director Levi Facundo to issue a closure order and revocation of permit to operate against the Chinese nationals’ business establishment in Binondo.
Facundo said the business establishment was also found to be violating rules and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
He said that the Chinese nationals do not indicate on their products any “batch/lot number” and “name and address of the company or person responsible for placing the product in the market.”
“These are the minimum information required by law to appear on the immediate and or outer packaging of a cosmetic product,” Facundo said.
“Hindi ito maliit na bagay dahil ito ay misrepresentation. Misrepresentation meaning you’re selling a product and mali yung information,” he said.
Facundo said that his office will also revoke the Mayor’s permit of the corporation. The FDA is also set to cancel the license to operate of Elegant Fumes Beauty Products Inc. due to the various issues, he said.
Likewise, four more establishments were ordered closed for selling products bearing the same labels tagging Manila as a “province of China.”