By Erma Edera
Mayoralty candidate Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso downplayed the recent attempts to steal and destroy his party’s campaign paraphernalia in the streets of Manila.
In a Facebook post by Joy Abrigo, an employee of the Manila City Hall, a closed circuit television footage showed that motorcycle riders were seen taking down “Isko-Honey” tarpaulins and posters in Manila.
Domagoso said that candidates should be talking about their plans, dreams and aspirations for each Manileño instead of engaging in “old-school, trapo-type black propaganda.”
“Our call to our volunteers is that we must be always humble, and we should raise the kind of campaign for the simple reason that Manileños deserve better from us,” Domagoso said.
“Kung ang mga maliit na tarpaulin pa lang ay ninanakaw na, paano pa kaya ang kaban ng bayan? Siguro ‘yung amo nila ay sanay din magnakaw. Hawa-hawa kasi iyan. Kung sino man sila, Diyos na ang bahala sa kanila,” (If they can steal small tarpaulins, what more can they steal from the public’s funds? Maybe that’s because their employer is also used to stealing. Being like that is contagious. Whoever they are, God would take care of them), he added.
Domagoso, together with his running mate incumbent Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, said that they would rather focus on sending positive messages instead of hateful rhetoric.
He also called on Manileños to be vigilant on any attempt to violate their right to choose their leaders in the midterm elections.
“Black propaganda is perpetrated by persons who have nothing good to say for Manileños. They don’t have concrete plans for the city,” he said.
On the other hand, Domagoso also prayed for the safety of the masked motorcycle riders who removed and destroyed his campaign posters.
“Sana ay maging ligtas kayo habang nagmomotor gabi-gabi. Wala naman kayong gagawin kundi tanggalin ang mga tarpaulin. Baka sa katatago niyo, pasimple-simple, patingin-tingin, panakaw-nakaw, madisgrasya kayo. Kawawa naman ang mga mahal niyo sa buhay,” (I hope you are safe everytime that you drive your motorcycle. You don’t have anything to do but to remove the tarpaulin. But everytime you hide, you might encounter an accident. I feel pity for your loved ones) he said.