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Muslim biz sector supports Isko
MUSLIMS from various business community, transport and other volunteer groups have formally pledged their support for Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.
Moreno welcomed the members of the coalition Pilipinas God First: United Bangsamoro Isko for President Movement who took their oath before him and assured him of their all-out support in the Muslim business community in Metro Manila as well as affiliates and networks in the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
“Other national candidates have tried to get our support but we decided to join Mayor Isko’s presidential campaign because of his genuine concern for the Muslim community in Manila,” they unanimously said.
The coalition of Muslim business organizations include, among others, the Metro Manila Traders Association; Greenhills Muslim Business Club Foundation, Inc. (GMBCF) and the Muslim Traders Associations in Greenhills in San Juan; Farmers’ Market in Cubao; Market Market in Taguig; Ever Gotesco, St. Francis Square, Metrowalk, Star Mall, Tutuban, 999 and 168 Malls.
The group lauded Moreno for the construction of the Manila Islamic Cemetery, which is an exclusive burial ground for Manila Muslim residents and the first to be built in the National Capital Region.
Many Muslims were also resident-beneficiaries of the Basecommunity housing project in Tondo which was formally turned over by the city government last July.
Other sectoral groups who took their oath of support for the mayor are Muntinlupa Isko Supporters led by Richard Torres; Truck Drivers of the Philippines Party List and the Federation of Quezon City Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association.
Moreno thanked the volunteer groups by pointing to the statue of Rajah Sulaiman and the painted walls of the ‘Bulwagan’ depicting the story of Manila and spoke of Muslim ancestors being integral parts of Manila’s history.
The Aksyon Demokratiko Presidential candidate also explained that it has been his guiding principle in public service to give equal treatment and equal opportunity to all productive members of society.
“A major part of my platform of government will focus on the immediate, inclusive and doable economic plans and programs that will benefit every Filipino regardless of social status,” the mayor said.
Mayor Isko also mentioned his plan to cut taxes on fuel and electricity that will benefit everyone across the board, more directly the truck and tricycle drivers and operators who have been adversely affected by the continuous increase in fuel prices.