Defensor denies giving permission for vendors to use capitol sidewalk

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Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. denied that he allowed vendors to occupy the sidewalk and a portion of the street in front of the provincial capitol.

The sidewalk and street surrounding the capitol are not jurisdictions of the provincial government, said Defensor.

The public has tagged the vendors as one of the causes of traffic congestion.

Defensor said he would talk to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas about the vendors. (

The vendors started flocking the capitol sidewalk and portion of Bonifacio Drive on December 2 after the provincial government switched on its Christmas lights and unveiled the newly redeveloped capitol grounds, according to him.

“I want to know how the city government manages the traffic situation there,” he added.

Last July, the Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) issued Memorandum Circular No. 2019-121 directing local government units to clear public roads used as parking spaces or vending areas.