MANILA - Mayor Isko Moreno on Wednesday thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for praising the way the capital is being governed, saying the former Davao mayor has always been his “inspiration.”
Moreno gave the statement hours after Duterte lauded the Manila mayor whose “resolve was better” than his.
“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,” Moreno said in a statement.
The Manila mayor said he took his cue from the way Duterte ran Davao City for decades where laws are strictly implemented.
“Kapag nasa Davao City po ako, takot na takot po akong manigarilyo dahil alam ko pong huhulihin ako,” Moreno said.
“As I always say, it is not the severity of the punishment itself, but the certainty of getting caught that deters a person from committing a crime,” he said.
The performance of local governments is a “reflection” of the kind of leadership the President has, Moreno said.
“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,” he said.
“So we owe it to you Mr. President, for inspiring us and for becoming a good example to all of us,” he said.