Isko to Duterte: Living in slums can't justify foul mouth


For local celebrity and politician Isko Moreno Domagoso, growing up in the slums can never justify rudeness.

Domagoso, who was popular for growing up in the slums before striking it big upon joining show business and politics, said presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte should watch his demeanor.

"I have high respect for Mayor Duterte—but 'yung pinoproject niya, no; definitely not [good influence]," he said on Headstart Thursday.

Domagoso, who is supporting Duterte's rival Grace Poe, said one must always be careful in words and in actions, especially when younger people are watching.

He added that he grew up in a slum area as well, a tough and challenging community, but he practiced self-restraint and self-discipline when facing an audience.

"Hindi mo naman ipinagkakaila sa taongbayan o ikunkubli kung ano ang nakaraan mo—alam naman nila yun, naiintindihan ka nila—but hindi mo na kailangang ipagmayabang pa yung mga salitang sa tingin mo, hindi naman nababagay na mapanood at mapakinggan ng mga bata, especially if you’re addressing the country."

It can be recalled that Duterte drew flak for a statement on the rape of a missionary in Davao City.

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Duterte reiterated his comment was taken out of context and refused to apologize for repeating words he had used in anger in 1989. He regretted the "gutter language" he used, but said that was part of his tough upbringing.


As a native of Tondo, Domagoso also does not believe in the "extrajudicial way of solving crimes."

"I’ve seen the extrajudicial way of solving crime. But look at Manila: we still have crimes," he said.

He also does not believe in death penalty as an effective deterrent because of slow justice process.

"If we have death penalty, I think before we implement death penalty, I think we should address our judicial system."

Lim Seng, the only foreign drug trafficker to be executed in the Philippines received the verdict at a different time (during the Marcos Martial Law) hence "a different environment," said Domagoso.

He also does not think Duterte can fulfill his promise of suppressing crime within six months.

He said alleviation of poverty will ultimately end criminality, and this is what his presidential candidate, Poe, promises.

"Ang approach ni Grace Poe is to address the roots of the problem. [Petty crimes] are only the effects of an unattended problem."

If he will be elected as a senator, he said his priority bills would revolve around education, healthcare, and traffic solution--platforms that would especially benefit the poor.

But if he would not be fortunate to earn a seat, he said he would like to serve as the secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Meanwhile, he has accepted the endorsement of Sen. Bongbong Marcos and said people are raising the wrong question against the vice-presidential aspirant.

"Should he apologize? I think it’s the wrong question. Ang tamang question: May kasalanan ba siya?," he said.

"I don’t know with people kung siya ay nagkasala sa pagiging anak ni Ferdinand Marcos. Hindi ka makakapamili ng magulang," he explained.

He also urged accusers to come forward and prove the guilt of the accused.