Manila to ban sale of secondhand cellphones

09-Oct-2019 Intellasia | | 1:41 PM Print This Post

Mayor Isko Domagoso on Monday (October 7) announced that he is banning the sale of secondhand mobile phones across the city.

Domagoso said his decision followed a series of cellphone thefts, with the stolen phones ending up in mall stalls in the city.

When mixed with brand new items, authorities “cannot distinguish what are legitimate and what are illegally acquired phones” thus, the mayor’s decision to completely ban the sale of secondhand cellphones.

Just recently, a dashcam video footage of two men breaking into a truck’s driver seat while in the middle of traffic along Road 10 in Tondo, Manila had gone viral on social media.

One of the men hopped on the driver’s seat and forcibly took the driver’s cellphone.

One of the suspects, identified as Christopher Dumapi alias ‘Topher’, was arrested.

Authorities said Dumapi has an outstanding warrant of arrest for theft.

Domagoso called on Dumapi’s cohorts to surrender rather than resist arrest.

“Mas gugustuhin kong buhay sila at harapin na lang nila ‘yung ginawa nilang kawalang-hiyaan (I prefer to have them alive and face the consequences of their crimes),” he said.

Dumapi confessed that he is part of the scheme and that he is a drug user.

Aside from the incident involving Dumapi, Domagoso also mentioned another reported incident of cellphone theft in Morayta which victimised a college student.

The mayor revealed that the student’s cellphone was tracked down to a cellphone stall inside a mall in Recto, which was also a target of previous raids for rampant sale of stolen gadgets.

“Alam mo ang sabi sa kanya noong mall? ‘Huwag ka nang mag-complain kasi naibalik naman na ang cellphone mo (You know what the mall manager told the student? ‘Don’t complain anymore. You have your cellphone back anyway),” Domagoso said of the incident.

“Imbis na ipasara iyong umuupa sa kanya dahil may direktiba na ang siyudad ng Maynila, hindi (Instead of ordering the closure of the errant stall owner for violating existing directive from the city government, the mall owner did nothing),” he added.


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