Rallyists not fighting for the poor -- Isko

November 18, 2019
Isko Moreno
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno scrubs off the graffiti on a post stand near the Bonifacio Shrine to show how the vandals cause the city government unnecessary expenses. Photo by Jerry S. Tan

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday said that protesters and rallyists have  freedom of expression but they do not have the right to vandalize and mess up the city.

Moreno said the cause-oriented and other leftist groups doing   graffiti were not actually fighting for the poor. He said the public should not believe them.

“Binobola lang kayo..ginagamit kayo para sa political goal nila. Gumising kayo, mga kababayan. Maraming pamamaraan ng pagmamarakulyo sa gobyerno pero ito (vandalism) ay maling-mali,” Moreno said as he himself scrubbed off a post stand at the Bonifacio Shrine which was vandalized recently.

He showed how such graffiti cannot be removed by ordinary thinner and cleaning solution.  

“Tingnan ninyo gaano kahirap. Ito ang gusto niyo sa gobyerno? Ito ang gusto niyong pagkaabalahan namin, imbes na ang pagkaabalahan namin kung paano kayo bibigyan ng bahay, paano namin kayo bibigyan ng trabaho, paano namin kayo bibigyan ng gamot? Eto ang gusto niyong gawin? Ito ba? Dito kami maging abala? Ganyan kahirap ang ginagawa ninyo! Ayan, tingnan ninyo! Eto, masaya kayo? Ikinalulugod ninyo ito? Eto art?” an irritated Moreno said.

“Yung pinambili ko ng pintura makakabili ng  paracetamol nyo? So dito ko na dadalin yung may sakit, ipapainom ko kanya yung art nyo, pagagamot ko sa kanya art nyo?,” he added.