TWO days prior to the May 9 local and national elections, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso and his slate held the final salvo of their campaign with a Miting de Avance at the Moriones Linear Park in Tondo—the very place where he grew up confronting poverty that eventually led to his determination to rise and become successful in his chosen career in governance.
He earlier explained the choice of venue was his show of gratitude to friends, neighbors and residents in the area where his public service journey began.
Alluding to his colorful life and political saga, his camp dubbed his concluding sortie as a “celebration of hope, life and courage.”
His last campaign speech threw jabs at his political rivals—Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Leni Robredo—who have been topping the presidential surveys.
In an apparent jab at the Robredo camp holding its miting de avance in Makati’s financial district, the hub of the rich and elite, he referred to them as “yung mga nasa Ayala.”
The same tone was shown in his speech posted recently on his official social media account, wherein Domagoso shared that what drove him to run for the top electoral position is his desire to bring change to the country’s leadership.
For the past 39 years that the Philippines has been under the various administrations that are either allied with only two popular political clans—the Aquinos and the Marcoses—he is offering an alternative to people who are fed up with their continuing political rift.
“Magnilay-nilay kayo: gusto n’yo pula, I love you. Gusto n’yo dilaw, I still love you. But if you want peace of mind, I love you more,” his Twitter post said.
“I’m going to sacrifice myself to address ‘yung problema ng taumbayan, I’m offering my supreme sacrifice. If you want peace of mind, available po ako,” he stated in another post.
If elected president, Moreno has promised to pursue a “Life and Livelihood” economic policy to solve poverty, hunger, unemployment, inequality and social injustice via effective, efficient and prudent handling of government resources under an open, transparent and inclusive administration, as detailed in his 10-point Bilis Kilos Economic Agenda.
Running on his senatorial slate in Aksyon Demokratiko are entrepreneur and educator Dr. Carl Balita, Mindanao advocate Samira Gutoc, and Manila politician Jopet Sison. His running mate is Dr. Willie Ong.