MANILA - Manila Mayor-elect Isko Moreno said Thursday he would "move heaven and earth" to clean up the Philippines' capital city to make it more attractive to investors and uplift the lives of its residents.
Moreno, the former vice mayor, beat incumbent Joseph Estrada, preventing the former president from serving a third and final term as mayor.
"I'll move heaven and earth to clean up the city. Dugyot kami. Papaliguan ko lang naman," he told ANC's Headstart.
(I'll move heaven and earth to clean up the city. We may be dirty but I'm here to give it a bath.)
Moreno said he would call for a bidding for a new trash contractor for the city.
The scavenger turned movie star politician said he would designate a permanent area for street vendors, saving them from having to pay bribes.
Another plan is to redevelop Binondo as a business district, and Pandacan, the former site of an oil depot, as a green area, he said.
Moreno said he would build an in-city housing in Delpan for Manila's urban poor families.
"Para mapakita kung totoo laway, ko I'll start it there. It can be a model to any local government unit then I'll go to Baseco then to Parola," he said.
(I want to show that I can walk the talk, so I'll start there. It can be a model to any local government unit then I'll go to Baseco then to Parola.)
Moreno said he planned to lower real estate and business taxes.
"It's a humbling experience. Yung results kasi overwhelming. Scary, in a way people are expecting more now. Nakaka-tense," Moreno said of his election win.
(It's a humbling experience. The results are overwhelming. Scary, in a way people are expecting more now. It's tense-filled.)
Moreno said he was willing to reach out to Estrada and former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, whom he also beat in last Monday's elections.
"Kailangan ko silang dalawa if they're willing. Marami rin akong pwedeng matutunan sa kanila... If they have ideas, why not? There is no monopoly of knowledge," he said.
(I need the two of them if they are willing. I can learn a lot from them... If they have ideas, why not? There is no monopoly of knowledge.)