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“Do Not Join Efforts to Put Government Down” — Citizen Isko

Isko Moreno
Former Manila Mayor, niow "Citizen" Isko Moreno (seated, second from right) in a posterity shot with the officers and members of the Manila City Hall Reporters’ Association (MACHRA). Moreno guested in the “Balitaan sa Harbor View” pilot forum of MACHRA. In photo with him are (seated, from right) Vice President and moderator Andi Garcia, President and moderator Itchie G. Cabayan and Bong Son. Standing behind them are (from left) Juliet de Loza-Cudia, Mhylene Alfonso, Verlin Ruiz, Pat Santos, Jerry Tan, Ann Santiago and Jhun Anzures. (Photo by KR DE ASIS/MPIO)

Let us help our country by not joining any efforts aimed at putting down the current government.

This was the call made by former Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, as he stressed that every Filipino will suffer if the government fails.

Moreno made the pronouncement when he guested at the pilot forum of the Manila City Hall Reporters’ Association (MACHRA) held at the Harbor View Restaurant near the Quirino Grandstand. MACHRA president Itchie Cabayan and Vice President Andi Garcia served as moderators.

There, Moreno called on leaders of the country to do their share in making the government succeed, saying even ordinary citizens can contribute.

Isko Moreno

“Pagsunod sa simpleng alituntunin, sa batas-trapiko, pagtupad ng mga tungkulin bilang mamamayan, malaking tulong na ‘yun sa liderato,” said Moreno.

Asked to comment on the first 100 days of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., Moreno said that in his opinion, President Marcos is on the right track but that he is faced with too many challenges both internal and external.

“Ituring natin na ang pamumuno ng isang lider ay para tayong nasa isang bangka. Ang kapitan ay ang pangulo at tayong lahat ang tripulante. Siya ang may hawak ng timon, siya ang gagawa ng direksyon at tayo naman ay dapat gampanan ang kani-kaniyang responsibilidad bilang tripulante” he said.

Moreno added: “Wag natin ipanalangin…naku ’wag sasama sa mga indibidwal na ang layunin lang ay pabagsakin ang gobyerno. Kapag itong ating gobyerno ay bumagsak, sama- sama tayong lulubog dahil at the end of the day iisang bangka lang tayo. let’s do this… para na din sa kinabukasan ng anak natin.’

He stressed the beauty of knowing how to move on, citing that democracy was at work when 31 million ‘of our fellow Filipinos’ chose Marcos in the past elections.

“Ayan, sinabi ko ‘fellow Filipinos. Ibig sabihn, mga kababayan, kadugo, kalahi pumili ng lider. ‘Yung halalan, nangyayari lang sa isang araw. Pag napili na, we have to get back to our lives and be good or better citizens. ‘Yun ay tulong na natin sa liderato,” Moreno said.