Mayor Isko Moreno Blasts Cosmetic Products Labeling Manila as “Province of China” and Orders Shutdown of Establishments

CNN Philippines

MANILA, Philippines  — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno blasted the Chinese nationals who listed the City of Manila as a “Province of China” on the cosmetic products sold by their business establishment and immediately ordered the closure of business establishments in Binondo and Divisoria Mall selling the products.

Manila Bureau of Permits Director Levy Facundo said the stalls violated the city’s ordinance by misrepresenting a Philippine city as a province of China.

In a Facebook live, Levi Facundo, Director of Manila City’s Bureau of Permit, said the stalls violated the city’s ordinance by misrepresenting a Manila as a province of China. Such move of the company that manufactured the beauty products and the establishment is a “huge offense” to residents of the capital city, he added.

“Oo kasi yun ay misrespresentation. Wala pong Binondo sa China. Ang Binondo ay nasa Maynila. Malaking insulto po yun.”

Levi Facundo, Manila City’s Bureau of Permit director

(Binondo is not in China. Binondo is in Manila. That is a big insult.)

This comes after the beauty product “Ashley Shine Keratin Treatment Deep Repair” went viral for its packaging which lists its manufacturing address as “707 Sto. Cristo St. San Nicolas, Manila Province, P.R. China. MADE IN P.R.C.

Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles on Thursday shared a photo of the packaging of Ashley Shine Keratin Treatment Deep Repair. In a statement, he requested that the manufacturer and importer be investigated.

“It is hard to dismiss this insult as a simple error… The label clearly shows Manila, as a province of China. This incident must be investigated at the very least, and the manufacturer and importer should be blacklisted, as soon as legally permitted.”

Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles

According to CNN, Nograles wrote both the Department of Trade and Industry and the Food and Drugs Administration about the issue, saying “Any act to undermine our sovereignty must be taken seriously. It is in this light that we respectfully ask your Office to immediately investigate this detestable and repulsive offense against our nation, and, if legally justified, prohibit the continued distribution of these products in our country.”

DTI and FDA have not released any statement on the issue.

Nograles said, based on the information received by his office, the product bearing this information was manufactured in 2018 and is still distributed throughout the country. 


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