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Moreno pins hope on ‘silent majority’

February 12, 2022 Marlon Purification 329 views

AKSYON Demokratiko standard bearer Isko Moreno Domagoso on Friday said he is confident that the majority of the Filipino people comprising the so-called “silent majority” will be the game changer in his quest to become the next president of the country.

The 47-year-old presidential candidate made the remark when asked by media if he and his campaign team are unfazed with former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s high numbers in presidential surveys.

“Bakit ako (maaapektuhan?) Ayan, ‘yung tao na nagsasalita eh. I think the thing speaks for itself.

“Kaya lumalakas ang loob ko dahil ang tao, ‘yung silent majority lumalabas ng bahay nila para lang masilayan tayo. Sa gitna ng araw, kahapon umulan pa and you know it, umambon pero ang tao hindi nagpatalo o hindi nagpapigil na mabigyan man lamang tayo ng lakas ng loob na ‘Isko, eto kami. Kakamayan ka namin, [lalabas kami],” Moreno told reporters.

“Sa akin ‘yun ang lakas ng loob na pinanghahawakan ko ngayon at siyempre naniniwala ako, may Diyos naman eh,” Moreno said shortly before the start of Team Isko’s motorcade at the Isla Puting Bato which serves as boundary between Tondo, Manila, and Navotas City.

Similar to what happened in Manila, Rizal, and Laguna, tens of thousands of residents came out of their homes and places of work to cheer and express their full support for Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso as the “Team Isko” motorcade meandered its way around the cities of Navotas and Malabon Friday beginning 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. or a full seven hours.

Everywhere Moreno proceeded, thousands of screaming and cheering supporters warmly welcome him with open arms as they jostle for position in the crowded streets, all trying to shake or just touch the hands of the 47-year-old former “basurero” who became councilor, vice mayor, and now mayor.

Asked by the media regarding the decision of the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) First Division junking the disqualification cases against former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Moreno said: “Good for him. Remember we are not enemies, we are just competing with each other.”

The Manila City mayor maintained that the real enemy is COVID-19 and its adverse socio-economic effects to the Filipino people which he vowed to address if elected president.

“Ang tunay nating kalaban ay yung nagpapahirap sa tao, katulad ng kabuhayan ng tao na naging masama ang epekto ng pandemiya sa pamumuhay nila; kalusugan ng tao dahil sa panganib na dulot ng pandemiya at yung pagkakapantay-pantay ng tao, yung social injustice. Yun ang tunay na kalaban nating lahat, at yun ang nilalabanan ko at tanging mapagtatagumpayan ko yun kung makakasama ko ang mamamayang Pilipino,” said Moreno.

Moreno also dismissed questions on the possible effects of the Comelec decision on him and other candidates by saying that no presidential candidate wants to campaign with a problem hanging over his head.

“Good for him, nabawasan siya ng sakit ng ulo. Mahirap ang pakiramdam ng isang kandidato na maraming kinakaharap na pagsubok,” he said referring to Marcos Jr.

Having said that, Moreno said he also faces many challenges in life, but he always remains courageous and resolute in facing them due to the genuine and heartwarming support he gets from the people.

Since day 1 of the official campaign period, the Aksyon Demokratiko presidential bet has been mobbed by droves of people – of all ages and all walks of life – ignoring the heat and screaming and cheering while jostling for position in the crowded streets just to express their full support behind him.

Moreno said it is this overwhelming support from the ordinary people that nourishes and sustains his resolve to find real solutions, and act fast to implement them, to address the ills plaguing the country and its people.

“Katulad ko, marami rin akong pagsubok sa buhay ngunit laging malakas ang loob ko. Makikita niyo naman yung init ng pagtanggap ng tao. On their own lumalabas sila, nagpapa-araw sila. Yung mga lolo at lola ko, mga senior citizens, kahit hirap sila physically, lumalabas sila. Yun ang nagbibigay ng lakas ng loob sa akin para tuloy-tuloy na labanan itong mga suliraning nagpapahirap sa taong bayan,” said Moreno.

Nevertheless, Moreno agreed that the Comelec decision might drive some people to stop fulfilling their moral obligation of paying taxes.

“I hope hindi siya mag-create ng instability sa ating buhay bilang bansa. Kasi tama rin ang opinyon mo na magkaroon ng masamang epekto ito sa iba nating mga kababayan na ganon nga ang gawin nila kasi baka gayahin. Eto yung hindi magandang gayahin,” said Moreno.

Moreno made the statements after the Comelec First Division voted Thursday to dismiss the three consolidated petitions against Marcos Jr. – which center on his failure to pay income tax and file tax returns while in public office from 1982 to 1985 – “for lack of merit.”

Comelec Commissioner Aimee Ferolino, the ponente, and Presiding Commissioner Marlon Casquejo said that failure to file tax returns “is not a crime involving moral turpitude,” and that the failure to file tax returns is not inherently wrong “in the absence of a law punishing it.”

Interestingly, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, who retired last February 2, wrote a separate opinion that maintains that Marcos Jr. has been sentenced to a crime involving moral turpitude, which is one of the grounds for disqualification under the Omnibus Election Code. Her opinion was not attached to the resolution and did not form part of the record because of her retirement before the promulgation of the decision.