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Parañaque shuts down 18 establishments

Parañaque shuts down 18 establishments

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The Parañaque City government on Thursday ordered the closure of 18 restaurants and business establishments reportedly owned or managed by Chinese nationals for operating without the necessary permits and for violating city ordinances.

Atty. Melanie Soriano-Malaya, chief of the Parañaque City Business Permits and Licensing Office, said most of the restaurants were located in Barangays Tambo and Baclaran, 100 meters from world-class hotels and casinos at the Entertainment City on Coastal Road.

Ordered closed were Wu Pinna Restaurant, registered under the name of Roberto Ho, Tuixianglo Restaurant, registered to Domingo Palmaria, Sunshine Mart, also under Palmaria, All Thing Supermarket, registered to Robert Ong, and Juzi Mart, registered to Vicky Tercenio.

These establishments were all located in Barangay Baclaran and found to be operating without mayor’s and business permits, and violating city ordinances on sanitation and environment.

Also closed down were establishments in Barangay Tambo, including Shabu-Shabu Restaurant, under the name of Jin Yuan Ji, Chinli Eatery, named to Timoteo de ver Lajara, Shaxian Food Pub, registered to Maryjame Tangan, Cravemouth, of Marvin Yabut, Abner and Angels Food House, operated by Abner Maestrado, and Dao Dao Chinese Restaurant and Chinli Eatery, both with no names of operators.

Yaki Yaki Homemade Dish, located in Barangay Sto. Nino, was also padlocked.

Soriano-Malaya said the crackdown on erring establishments was ordered by Mayor Edwin Olivarez amid reports that Chinese businesses had proliferated in the city with signages and menus written only in Chinese characters, and catering exclusively to Chinese tourists.

City hall officials learned that majority of the Chinese-owned restaurants were using Filipino dummies and were being protected by some groups in these barangays for them to operate illegally.

Soriano-Malaya said city hall started to inspect and tax map the establishments run by foreigners last April, and gave them enough time to comply, but they failed to settle their respective tax liabilities.

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