The city government of Parañaque has padlocked 18 Chinese-owned or managed restaurants and business establishments due to a lack of necessary permits and violating various city ordinances.
In a statement, Parañaque's chief of Business Permits and Licensing Office Melanie Soriano-Malaya noted that most of the violator-restaurants are located in Barangays Tambo and Baclaran, just 100 meters away from 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 the name of Palmaria; All Thing Supermarket, registered to Robert Ong; and Juzi Mart, named to Vicky Tercenio.
The said establishments were operating without mayor’s and business permits and violating city ordinance on sanitary and environment laws. These are all located in Barangay Baclaran.
Also shut down were 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; Dao Dao Chinese Restaurant; Chinli Eatery, both with no names of operators.
The establishments are located in Barangay Tambo.
Also closed were Yaki Yaki Homemade Dish, JJ's Oriental Restaurant, EDC Lavishly Salon, Good Tea, Bayview Prince Grocery Co., Xiao Jun Gan of Chuan Xiang, and Cuo Cha.
Soriano-Malaya said the restaurants violated a city ordinance which requires business establishments that cater mostly to foreigners to have accompanying translation in alphanumeric characters readable by the general public.
The crackdown on erring establishments was ordered by Mayor Edwin Olivarez amid reports that Chinese businesses have proliferated in the city with signages and menus written only in Chinese characters and catering exclusively to Chinese tourists, she said.
Parañaque City hall officials learned that majority of the Chinese-owned restaurants are using Filipino dummies and being protected by some groups in the said barangays for them to operate illegally.
Malaya added that they have started the inspection and tax mapping of the establishments run by foreigners last April, which they were given enough time to comply but they failed to settle their respective tax liabilities. — Ted Cordero/MDM, GMA News