Walang karapatang mag-negosyo: Isko Moreno shuts Isetann Recto Mall down

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered the closure of Isetann Mall in Recto for operating without necessary permits and violating various city ordinances.

Moreno served the closure order to mall operator Tri-Union Properties Inc. Wednesday. He also padlocked the building’s main entrance.

“In relation to the multiple leased out stalls and spaces, there is no valid and existing business permit as a lessor,” he said.

Moreno said Tri-Union Properties, Inc. was misrepresenting its actual business area since it declared that it was only occupying 1,000 square meters.

He also chided the mall for having a “questionable number of employees” because under their valid business permit, they should only have 10 employees.

“Under its valid business permit, there is a declared area of 1,000 square meters with 10 employees/personnel,” Moreno added.

In addition, the local government found that only one out of four operational cinemas inside the mall complex has a business permit.

Moreno said Isetann Mall in Recto may reopen once its operator complies with requirements mandated by the local government.