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Hassle-free Christmas! Erap orders to clear beggars off Manila streets

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Mayor Joseph Estrada wishes to give tourists a hassle-free and enjoyable trip to Manila this Christmas season.

To make this possible, the veteran politiko has asked the city police and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to permanently station men along Roxas Boulevard and other major roads in the city to clear the streets of beggars and snatchers.

Estrada noted the increasing number of vagrants in parks and other public places mostly Badjaos asking for alms and hawkers selling various goods.

“We need the help of other agencies such as the MMDA to back up our city police force and social welfare unit,” he said.

He explained that he was just trying to enforce Presidential Decree No. 1563 or the Mendicancy Law of 1978 to ensure the safety of both the public and the mendicants from criminal elements and road hazards.

He said the presence of law enforcers in streets would serve as a deterrent to petty criminals such as robbers and snatchers taking advantage of the Christmas season.