KALIBO, Aklan – Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer Isko Moreno Domagoso on Tuesday expressed confidence that the Commission on Elections can do its job of protecting the sanctity of the ballot in the May 9 elections.
“I think they’re doing their job and I continue to believe in the Comelec as an institution. There are sensible and reliable people in Comelec. I believe in the system, and I will continue to believe in the system. That’s how you do it. You must believe, you must work within the system. You cannot take the lead and not believe in the system,” Moreno told reporters in an ambush interview here.
The 47-year-old presidential aspirant was reacting to reports that some voters in the country are unable to find their names in the Comelec’s online precinct finder which was launched recently. With less than two weeks before the elections, there is apprehension among some registered voters that they cannot cast their vote on May 9.
“You cannot be elected and not believe in the system. You have to work within the system. I respect and believe that the Commission on Elections will be able to do their job. They are going to protect the interest of the people when it comes to the sanctity of the ballot,” Moreno pointed out.
In the ambush interview, Moreno took the opportunity to warn the public against immediately believing reports of irregularities in the overseas absentee voting (OAV) after the Comelec tagged as “fake news” a social media post that showed an OAV ballot in New Zealand without the name of a certain presidential candidate.
Moreno said the best way to spot real news as against fake news is to analyze carefully what you are reading, hearing or watching.
“Kaya huwag tayong masyadong mag-e-entertain. Kahapon nga di ba ini-interview nyo ako? O may inilabas ‘yong sabi so-called Manila Bulletin. Ibang-iba sa sinabi ko diba? Buti na lang in fairness to Manila Bulletin nag-disown kaagad and ni-label as fake news,” the Manila city mayor said.
Moreno continued: “So, you really have to discern. Maraming fake na tao ngayon. Maraming fake na account na nag-e-exist since 2016. Maraming fake na mga report. Ang pinakamabisa mag nilay-nilay ka. Ano nga ba ang gusto nating makamit? Kapanatagan para sa progreso ng buhay natin.”
The Aksyon Demokratiko presidential candidate, at the same time, warned that the Philippines and its more than 110 million citizens will never achieve progress if infighting among the powerful elites, specifically those coming from the red side and pink-yellow side persists.
“Eto ha, ginagarantiya ko na sa ‘yo at least this is on record and someday history will judge us. We will never achieve progress if there is uncertainty. Kapag hindi natigil ang away ng kulay ng pulitika, patuloy na mababansot ang paglago ng bansa at ng tao kasi there are too much animosity at ‘yon ay nagpapabagal ng paglago. Kaya ang naiintindihan ko ngayon sinasabi ko nga sa tao, pula ka, good for you I hope you change your mind because I’m selling you peace of mind. Dilaw ka, good for you but, you know for a fact it will not stop there because it’s been happening since 1986, it will not stop,” Moreno explained.
Moreno added: “So, if there is a chance for you, ang gusto mo kapanatagan, peace of mind lang, focus sa trabaho, available ako. I will deliver peace, walang away, walang higantihan, walang bawian, naka- focus lang tayo sa tao. History will judge us, I’m calling you now, let’s go and buy peace of mind. That simple peace of mind that I can deliver.”
After barnstorming San Jose Buenavista, Antique, which is the hometown of the Domagoso clan, Moreno and the rest of Team Isko traveled to Aklan for a series of courtesy calls to government officials and town hall meetings to woo voters.
Shortly after they arrived, Moreno paid a courtesy call to Kalibo Mayor Emerson Lachica, New Washington Mayor Shimonnette Francisco, and Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores.
Moreno and the rest of his slate which includes his running mate Dr. Willie Ong, senatorial candidates Samira Gutoc and Jopet Sison, guest senatorial candidate John Castriciones of PDP-Laban, entertainer Mocha Uson of the party-list Mothers for Change (MoCha), also attended a town hall meeting in New Washington attended by more than 1,000 people.
Earlier in Carles, Iloilo, Moreno vowed to focus on the minimum basic needs of the people, especially those from the Island of Panay, which include housing, health, education and employment.
Moreno said he is happy to be back to Western Visayas for the third time as Team Isko tries to woo voters through motorcades and town hall meetings to reach as many people as possible.
He also expressed his gratitude to local officials of Carles and its people for the warm reception he and the rest of Team Isko received from them since they arrived in this town known for its fishing grounds. Later in the afternoon, Moreno and the rest of his slate also held a town hall meeting in Pototan, Iloilo.
Team Isko is also scheduled to barnstorm the island-province of Guimaras and Negros Occidental Thursday where motorcades and town hall meetings will be the main form of campaigning. A concert-really is also set in Bacolod City.
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.
To achieve this, Moreno 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.
To further alleviate the plight of the masses and protect industries, Moreno will work closely with Congress to reduce the taxes on two of the most basic of commodities – petroleum and electricity. #