2 Metro Manila restaurants apologize to senior citizens after "discount fiasco"

Find out why Atty. Romulo Macalintal threatened to sue the establishments.

Ferdinand Fabella of Manila Standard Today reports that Atty. Romulo Macalintal has decided to withdraw the criminal complaints he has filed against a coffee shop and a restaurant for violating the senior citizens' law after both owners apologized to him. (Macalintal is more popularly known as an election lawyer.)


The report quoted Macalintal as saying that the owner of Cafe Mediterranean restaurant at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City and Black Canyon Coffee at SM Southmall in Las Piñas City "have offered to correct any injustice on senior citizens." The owner of the restaurant, in particular, offered to donate P20,000 to the home for the aged "as peace offering to senior citizens whom 'they have unknowingly denied their benefits in the past,'" the lawyer said in a statement.


Cafe Mediterranean caught Macalintal's ire after it declined to grant a 20 percent discount to the lawyer and his group of elderly companions because he could not show his senior citizen's identification card. According to the senior citizens' law, any government-issued card showing the date of birth is sufficient proof. Black Canyon Coffee, meanwhile, limited giving the discount to two senior citizens per table, in violation of the law's provision saying  all senior citizens are entitled to the discount.

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