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Isko to appoint Cabinet members ‘regardless of color’

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If elected president, Aksyon Demokratiko standard-bearer Isko Moreno Domagoso said he wants former ambassador and Team Isko chief campaign strategist Lito Banayo in his Cabinet as he vowed to appoint persons in government based on qualifications regardless of their political leanings or color.

COVENANT SIGNING. Presidential aspirant Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, his running mate Doc Willie Ong and Aksyon Demokratiko senatorial bets place their signature during the signing of a covenant of different organizations  in Tanza, Cavite. Norman Cruz

“Of course, I’ll be happy to appoint Ambassador Lito Banayo. And I want him to be part of the government. I want people who are good in their respective fields of undertaking as I have promised the people. The basis of appointment is meritocracy you are good in the field of undertaking. Even if you are yellow I will hire you. Even if you are red I will hire you. Because what is important to me is the benefit of the people,” Moreno told reporters in Bacolod City during a campaign sortie last Thursday.

Moreno said that it’s important for him and the rest of his Cabinet to work fast but efficient considering the many problems our people are facing now due to the high cost of fuel, electricity, food, etc. He vowed to put persons in government who really care for the welfare of the people, especially the poor.

Asked what position he will give to the veteran political strategist where he can be more efficient if he wins in the May 9 polls, the Manila city mayor said: “We should first win. I’ll cross the bridge when I get there. But in my mind, I have something but, I don’t want to lead the people, what will be the decision of the people in May,” Moreno said.

In a taped interview by CNN Philippines’ “In Private” hosted by Pinky Webb which aired last Wednesday, Moreno said in the first 100 days of his administration, he will immediately fill up the bureaucracy with people who can excel in their respective fields of undertaking and based on meritocracy.

Those on the other side of the fence who belong to the camps of his opponents will also be considered for a government post, he said.

Aside from Banayo, the local chief executive said that his running mate Doc Willie Ong will have a position in his Cabinet regardless if he wins or not in his vice presidential bid.

“My appointment will be color blind because again, I told you, red is not my enemy, yellow is not my enemy. In fact, I already have two people eyeing in yellow, I also have two people eyeing in red,” Moreno pointed out.

Moreno, however, refused to identify the names of the other personalities coming from the red and yellow/pink sides he intends to appoint in his administration. He said one of the people he is eyeing to appoint is a financial expert while the other is good at law, both from the yellow/pink side.

“The two more are on the other side. I don’t want to create animosities within their group. But I do believe in that guy then that woman,” Moreno said.

“In yellow, kakampink, yes. Just yellow pink. Good at finances and good at law. (They are) in their campaign team. So I don’t want to name it because it’s embarrassing. But, given a chance, I’ll ask him,” he said.

With regard to who he will appoint as his finance secretary, Moreno said: “Marami naman dyan. Marami. That’s the least of my problem, appointing good people, based on their merits, based on their skills, and experience in the past.”
The discussion also touched on Amb. Banayo, who he said will definitely be with him in Malacanang Palace if he becomes president of the country . He said a position as an executive secretary could be a possibility given his outstanding track record in government service.

“It can be. But, it’s closer to me. It’s gonna be closer to me. Because you know, Ambassador Lito Banayo was part of the revolution. In fact, he was the go-to person of (Benigno) (Ninoy (Aquino Jr.) and (Salvador) Laurel at that time.

And he has had many past presidents and others with him. And he has experienced winning and losing. So, you need these kinds of people that are battle-tested because, in times of war, that separates the men from the boys. So, you need good men to help you confront a problem and there are so many problems,” Moreno explained.

On the question by the host about how he decides whom to trust and if he easily believes people around him, Moreno said being a result-oriented person, what matters most to him is the result.

Moreno, however, stressed that if the person is hounded with corruption issues despite being able to deliver on the task given to him/her, they have no place for them in government.

“No, no, no. Of course not. As much as possible, we would like to dream of living in wonderland. We want to create a perfect world. But we know for a fact, here is no perfect world. That’s why you remembered when I told you, the teacher said, said, you cannot solve corruption. And the only way for corruption to die is to limit human discretion in government transactions,” Moreno said.

On the question by the host about how he decides whom to trust and if he easily believes people around him, Moreno said being a result-oriented person, what matters most to him is the result.

Moreno, however, stressed that if the person is hounded with corruption issues despite being able to deliver on the task given to him/her, they have no place for them in government.

“No, no, no. Of course not. As much as possible, we would like to dream of living in wonderland. We wantto create a perfect world. But we know for a fact, here is no perfect world.

That’s why you remembered when I told you, the teacher said, said, you cannot solve corruption. And the only way for corruption to die is to limit human discretion in government transactions,” Moreno said.

Moreno previously called on the public to give the country a chance to have a government that is operated by a reliable and honest chief executive who will work hard for them so that they can have a bright and better future.
As an alternative candidate for voters who will choose their next president in the polls, Moreno said if the people want to have peace of mind and are already tired of the decades-old feud between the Marcoses and Aquinos, they then should choose him as their next leader.

If he wins the presidency, Moreno will address poverty, hunger, unemployment, inequality, and social injustice through an inclusive and equitable infrastructure development program as spelled out under his 10-point Bilis Kilos Economic Agenda.

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