By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Libertad Public Market vendor stalls found occupying portions of the road were demolished yesterday morning by members of the City Legal Office (CLO) Enforcement Unit.
Executive Assistant Ernie Pineda, who heads the Market Coordinating and Monitoring Task Force, reported around half of the illegal stalls were relocated inside the market.
He added, around 275 available stalls inside the market were raffled off.
Pineda pointed out some vendors complained about the size of the stall but he assured them the local market committee was looking into the matter.
Observation by members of the media saw no problems with the demolition as some vendors helped out in the process.
However, tensions rose when groups of vendors disputed the result of a raffle, which was later quashed by police.
Market officials assured there is enough room for the affected stall owners as the second floor of the annex building is currently being prepared./DGB, WDJ