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Manila solon hits Isko for blaming the dead to defend Divisoria market sale

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By Billy Begas

House Committee on Metro Manila Development chairperson and Manila Rep. Manuel Luis Lopez on Tuesday hit presidential aspirant and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno for blaming the dead to defend the sale of Divisoria Market.

Lopez said what Moreno should do is to directly answer if the sale was proper, priced fairly, and done in the manner of selling property of the people as mandated by law.

“When candidates are asked direct questions about their actions in office, I suggest that Mayor Isko should answer the question directly and factually,” Lopez said.

The solon added that Moreno should not deflect the question “by imputing malice” on the acts of former Mayor Fred Lim or former Mayor Mel Lopez more than 30 years ago “that have no relation to the sale of the Divisoria public market,” which was done during his term.

“What is clear is that the market was never sold during the time of Mayor Lopez and Mayor Lim. What do the two dead men have to do with the issue now?” Lopez stressed.

Lopez said Lim and Lopez were “undoubtedly two of the most influential mayors in the recent history of the City of Manila.”

“I will not allow anyone to besmirch the name of my dead father who served the people of Tondo and the City of Manila in various capacities faithfully and with complete honesty and dignity during difficult and often tumultuous times,” Lopez added.

The City of Manila sold Divisoria to Festina Holdings Inc. for P1.45 billion.

Moreno earlier said the proceeds from the public market sale went to fund the city’s horizontal public housing project in Port Area and to buy equipment and medicine for the city’s pandemic response.