By Erma Edera
Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) Undersecretary Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has handed his resignation to President Duterte to pursue his long-time dream of being elected mayor of Manila.
In a handwritten letter addressed to Duterte on Thursday, Domagoso said that he is disturbed by what has become of the capital city and its residents over the past years.
“Mahal na Pangulo, ipagpaumanhin po ninyo ang aking pagbitiw. Bagama’t nais kong manatili sa kagawaran na inyong itinatalaga sa akin, hindi ko na po matitiis ang mga kasalukuyang nangyayari, sitwasyon at pangaabuso sa mamamayan sa lungsod ng Maynila (Dear President, please excuse my quitting from my post. Although I would like to stay in the Department in which you appointed had me, I could not abide by the current situation and abuse happening to the citizens in Manila),” Domagoso said.
Domagoso, who had been Manila vice mayor from 2007 to 2016, had aborted his plan to run for mayor when former president Joseph Estrada first sought the mayorship of Manila in 2016.
He said he will hold a press conference on Friday morning on Arroceros Street, Manila to officially announce his plan to run for mayor.
Spending his childhood in the slums and rising above his situation to be a famous actor and an accomplished politician, Domagoso earned himself an education.
He won multiple terms as councilor and vice mayor of the city and, in recent speaking engagements, mentioned how Manila needs a young and vibrant leader in order to keep up with the progress attained by its neighboring cities.