Isko vows govt of reconciliation

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso vowed to be a healing president if he is elected the country’s next leader next year.
Domagoso, 47, officially declared his candidacy for president on Wednesday. He and his running mate, Dr. Willie Ong, will run under the Aksyon Demokratiko party.
The mayor expressed readiness to face the challenges. The former actor pledged to lead a government of “reconstruction and national reconciliation.”
“While ours will be a government of reconstruction, it will also be a government of national reconciliation based on justice and rule of law. Hindi ko isisisi sa nakaraan ang problemang ating kakaharapin (I will not blame the past leadership for the problems we will face),” Domagoso said during his proclamation at the Benigno Aquino Elementary School at the Baseco Compound.
“We can only move forward in our road to recovery if we are not consumed and immobilized by the rearview mirror politics,” he added. “I may not give you perfect government, but together we can make it better.”
While he promised to lead with decency and in a democratic way, Domagoso warned that he will not tolerate anomalous transactions.
“I will welcome criticism because the value in listening to complaints is they lead to better policies and improved services. I believe people should speak truth to power rather than for power to threaten the people for speaking the truth,” the mayor said.
Domagoso has been a consistent frontrunner in previous surveys. His high rating was attributed to the changes he initiated in the capital city.
In a survey conducted by Pulse Asia last July, the mayor was the second most popular choice to be the successor of President Rodrigo Duterte, behind Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
The mayor was the third to officially announce his presidential bid, after Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd, Lacson’s running mate, welcomed Domagoso’s move to join the presidential race in 2022.
“The more the merrier. [There will be] More [presidential candidates] to choose from,” Sotto said in a text message on Wednesday.
The ruling PDP-Laban, the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, has two sets of candidates to the nation’s top two posts after it was split into two factions.
The group of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi earlier chose Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and President Rodrigo Duterte as its presidential and vice presidential bets for next year’s polls.
Pacquiao was proclaimed the presidential candidate of the faction led by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd.
Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has yet to accept the endorsement of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas to be its standard-bearer.
With Bernadette E. Tamayo

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