Social media made a fuss after “The Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews” as presidential aspirant Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso shared his viewpoint concerning distinctive topics in the Philippines and his reason for running for the highest position in the country.
On the issue of being called a ‘traditional politician’
When Soho asked the Mayor, “Nasaan ang iyong loyalty?” this refers to switching political parties and changing allegiances in the past elections.
“Basta ako sa tao, ang kapakinabangan ng tao ang mahalaga sa akin, hindi kapakinabangan ng pulitiko. Kung naging mabuti ka at tinupad mo ang sinabi mo, sasamahan kita. Pero kung hindi ka totoo sa sarili mo, at hindi ka totoo sa tao, hindi ako para maging tapat sayo. Dahil ang katapatan ko ay sa taong bayan.” he continued.
On the issue of being called ‘Duterte 2.0’
“Maraming bagay na ginawa si Pangulong Duterte na puwedeng kopyahin at ipagpatuloy” Moreno said.
The Manila Mayor stressed that if it were for the people’s benefit, he would replicate and continue some of the Duterte government’s platform and will only criticize what is not good for the society. – “Yung mga ginawa ng ilang gabinete niya na hindi naman maganda, dapat lang punahin. Kapag palpak, palpak, kapag tama, supportahan” he explained.
On his P50 million in excess campaign funds from the 2016 polls
“As long as nagbabayad ka ng buwis.” Moreno said.
The 47-year-old Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer emphasized that no law had been breached because he paid P9.7 million in taxes — “I had to pay taxes. Kapag may natira sa kampanya, you have to declare tapos kapag ‘yun ay nasa iyo na ay kailangan mong magbayad ng buwis, which is ‘yun yung ginawa ko.”
On running for the next Philippine president
“Buhay, kabuhayan, and trabaho” – the three things that the Manila Mayor Isko Moreno will prioritize over the next two out of six years if he wins the 2022 polls.
“What happened in Manila is scalable, so may prototype na with regards to housing, education, health care and jobs.” The Mayor stated what he did in Manila could be extended to the entire country.
“Sanay naman ako sa hirap eh. Buong buhay ko, puro hirap ang inabot ko. Itong mga challenges na ito, para sa akin, it’s a normal thing,” he said.
Many of the country’s problems have become ordinary for the Mayor, as he originally came from poverty and understands the hardships of being poor.
“Yung makapaglingkod ka sa taong bayan, ‘yun naman ay para nalang sa sarili mo na mabigyan ka ng pagkakataon to excel, to show your love for the country, your love for your fellowmen,” as for Moreno, his intentions for running is to serve the Filipino people.
In addition to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Soho’s questions were also answered in a pre-recorded interview broadcast on Saturday, January 22 by fellow Palace candidates Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Manny Pacquiao and Panfilo Lacson. Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos decided not to join the program, claiming Soho was biased against him.