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Country’s Problems Can’t Be Solved By Political Factionalism; ‘If you want peace of mind, I am available,’ Says Mayor Isko

AKSYON DEMOKRATIKO standard bearer Isko Moreno Domagoso on Wednesday called anew on Filipinos tired of being the victims of the drawn-out battle for power among the political elites to vote for him instead if they want “peace of mind” and tangible solutions to the country’s problems.

In a series of interviews in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, Moreno pointed out that despite the serious crisis facing the country, the public’s sense of urgency has been once again clouded by the heat of political battle between the anti-Yellow Marcos faction, led by Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and the anti-Marcos Aquino faction now bannered by Vice President Leni Robredo.

“Napapansin ko tuwing presidential election, laging usapan lang ng pula at dilaw, yung magkaaway na pamilya o grupo. Painit ng painit yung away ng pula at dilaw. Personalan na. Bilihan dito, bilihan dun. Sungkitan dito, sungkitan dun. Talagang nagkaka-personalan na. Hindi pa rin nagbago yung away ng pula at dilaw,” he noted.

“At alam natin na sinuman ang manalo sa kanila, hindi tatahimik ang bansa natin. Kasi magbabawian, maghihigantihan, pakulong dito, pakulong doon. Para bang sila tumatakbo, gusto lang nilang talunin yoong kabilang political clan,” Moreno said.

The 47-year-old presidential candidate pointed to this toxic political climate as one of the reasons why he decided to run for the presidency.

“Kaya nga ako tumakbo, para matigil na yang away pulitika. Sa ating mga kababayan, kung gusto niyo ng peace of mind, available po ako. I am offering myself as an alternative,” said Moreno.

But more than that, the Aksyon Demokratiko candidate said he ran for president because he is confident that he can provide Filipinos with an effective, efficient and prudent government whose main focus is the people that it is duty-bound to serve.

If elected, Moreno vowed his administration will pursue a “Life and Livelihood” economic policy that aims to 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.

To achieve this, his administration will continue the Build, Build Build program of President Rodrigo Duterte, with a focus on building more public housing, more public schools, and more public hospitals across the country to create more jobs and opportunities for our people.

“Basta ako, ang isang assurance ko sa inyo, I get things done,” Moreno said, pointing to the drastic transformation of Manila under his leadership.

“At nakita ninyo, sa pagkakalugmok ng Maynila, bangkarote ang Maynila, dugyot yung Maynila. We recovered in a short period of time dahil hindi naman tayo tumitigil sa paghanap ng tunay na solusyon. Tapos hindi humihinto doon, binibilisan natin ang aksyon,” he said.

Despite the pandemic, Moreno undertook a massive cleaning and beautification drive, and began constructing infrastructures meant to provide Manileňos with the minimum basic needs – housing for the poor, new medical facilities and modern public school buildings which created jobs and livelihood opportunities when the people needed them most.

The charismatic and hardworking Manila City mayor said these modern public facilities were undertaken because he wanted the poor to have the same amenities accorded to the rich, for them not to experience what he had experienced as a poor boy in the slums of Tondo.

“Lahat ng pinangako natin sa loob ng sampung taon, naganap ng dalawang taon. These are the things na puwedeng gawin sa buong bansa, yung administrative ability,” he said.

And just like what he did in the Philippine capital, a Moreno government will be an open, transparent and inclusive administration which will be politically color blind in filling out various positions.

“I can work with anybody. Kasi ang basis ng pag-hire ko ng tao is based on merits, skills and field of undertaking. Color blind ang appointment na ginawa ko. Ang ibig sabihin, pati yung mga kalaban ko sa pulitika noong araw sa Maynila, naging department head. Dahil nakita kong magaling sila, at nag-deliver naman sila,” he said.

“Ibig sabihin, pag tinabi mo talaga yung higantian, itinabi mo talaga yung away, itinabi mo yung bawian, mas madaling makaka-move on yung tao. Yun ang pagtutunan ko ng pansin, tao muna, tawid muna tayo sa krisis. At ang kailangan natin ay crisis manager. Hindi pagbawi, hindi kulay, kundi yoong kumikilos, yoong gumagawa,” explained Moreno.

But for the meantime, the Aksyon Demokratiko presidential candidate said he will be focused and persistent in reaching as many places as possible and reach out to as many people as possible to make his dream for all Filipinos become a reality.

“Ikot lang ng ikot. Diretso lang sa tao. Talagang magtitiyaga tayo. Alam niyo naman, ang laban natin dehadong-dehado dahil malalaking grupo ng mga pulitiko yung mga kalaban natin. Lagi ko ngang sinasabi, taong bayan ang naghuhusga. While it is true na kailangan natin ang mga pulitiko or endorsement ng kung sino-sino, pero ang pinakamasarap na endorsement yung endorsement ng ordinaryong Pilipino,” Moreno pointed out.

“Kaya mga kababayan, wala pong susuko. May awa ang Diyos, makakaraos din naman tayo. Konting tiis na lang. It’s time to heal, time to move forward. All we need is a chance. At may awa ang Diyos, hindi ko naman po kayo ipapahiya,” said Moreno. #