MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has commended Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso for his efforts to clean up his city and strictly implement local policies.
“Bilib ako sa kanya kaya nanonood ako kung nagsasalita siya. Mas mahusay siya kaysa akin, sa totoo lang. Oo, may nakita ako na mas mahusay ang resolve niya kaysa akin. Plus two ako sa kanya.” Duterte said after the oath-taking of the Malacañang Press Corps, Presidential Photojournalists Association and Malacañang Cameramen Association on Tuesday night.
Since formally assuming as Manila City mayor, Moreno has spearheaded clearing operations in his city’s streets and parks. He also ordered for the strict implementation of local ordinances including curfew for minors among others.
In response to Duterte’s words of praise, Mayor Isko expressed his gratitude and said he was drawing inspiration from the president’s leadership.
“Thank you for the kind words, Mr. President, but to be really honest, isa po kayo sa mga naging inspirasyon ko sa kung ano mang klase ng liderato na meron kami,” he said in a statement.
Domagoso then recounted the times he went to visit Davao City, the president’s hometown, where he admitted to feeling scared to light up a cigarette and speed up his vehicle for fear he will be apprehended by local authorities.
Davao City enforces no-smoking and speed limit ordinances.
“‘Di naman po lingid sa kaalaman ng karamihan, lalong lalo na ‘yung mga taga-Maynila na ako po ay naninigarilyo. Pero kapag nasa Davao City po ako, takot na takot po akong manigarilyo dahil alam ko pong huhulihin ako,” he said.
“In fact, there was one time, galing po kami ng Tagum, pabalik ng Davao City… biglang bumagal po ang takbo ng sasakyan namin so tinanong namin ‘yung driver kung bakit. Simple lang yung sagot nya. ‘Kasi po nasa Davao City na tayo. Kahit gabi ho dito, may pulis man o wala, sumusunod kami sa batas trapiko,’” he added.
“Kung ano man ang nakikita nating pagpupursige ng mga alkalde sa buong Pilipinas, hindi lang po ako, ay reflection lamang ng klase ng liderato at Pangulo na meron tayo.” Moreno further stated. RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
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