READ: Reaction of Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno to Pres. Duterte's statement

President Rodrigo Duterte commented recently about the most famous mayor in the Philippines today – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and President Rodrigo Duterte / Composite photos from Philippine Star and Al Jazeera

According to Duterte, he admires Moreno and believes that the Manila mayor is better than him.

Bilib ako sa kanya. Nanonood ako kapag nagsasalita siya. Mas mahusay siya kaysa sa akin, sa totoo lang. May nakita ako na mas mahusay ang resolve niya kaysa sa akin,” Duterte said, as quoted by The Philippine Star.

Meanwhile, Manila Bulletin released Moreno’s reaction to Duterte’s remark.

Read the full statement of Moreno below:

"Thank you for the kind words Mr. President but to be really honest, isa po kayo sa mga naging inspirasyon ko sa kung ano mang klase ng liderato na meron kami.

Naalala ko po nung lage akong nagagawi sa Davao nung araw. Di naman po lingid sa kaalaman ng karamihan, lalong lalo na yung mga taga Maynila na ako po ay naninigarilyo. Pero pag nasa Davao City po ako, takot na takot po akong manigarilyo dahil alam kung huhulihin ako.

In fact there was one time, galing po kami ng Tagum pabalik ng Davao City. Medyo dis oras na ng gabi pero biglang bumagal po ang takbo ng sasakyan namin so tinanong namin yung driver kung bakit. Simple lang yung sagot nya. "Kasi po nasa Davao City na tayo. Kahit gabi ho dito, may pulis man o wala, sumusunod po kami sa batas trapiko."

So I think kung ano man ang nakikita nating pagpupursige ng mga alkalde sa buong Pilipinas, hindi lang po ako, ay reflection lamang ng klase ng liderato at Pangulo na meron tayo.

As I always say, it's not the severity of punishment itself but the certainty of getting caught that deters a person from committing a crime.

So we owe it to you Mr. President, for inspiring us and for becoming a good example to all of us."


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READ: Reaction of Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno to Pres. Duterte's statement READ: Reaction of Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno to Pres. Duterte's statement Reviewed by Nathan Singson on September 11, 2019 Rating: 5

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