Isko: If I end up winning presidency and Duterte is VP, I can work with him


Posted at Sep 24 2021 09:02 AM | Updated as of Sep 24 2021 12:00 PM

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Friday said he can work with President Rodrigo Duterte should they win the presidency and vice-presidency, respectively, in next year's elections. 

Domagoso and Duterte recently exchanged tirades, with Domagoso saying he has been unsatisfied with the national government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

"Kung yun ang halal ng tao, I can work with him," Domagoso told ANC's Headstart.

He said he would even give Duterte a Cabinet position "if he likes to."

Asked if he will not treat Duterte the same way Vice President Leni Robredo was treated during this administration, Domagoso said: "I know the meaning of respect."

Robredo was initially installed as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) but was later told to stop attending Cabinet meetings, prompting her to resign from the post. 

She was also appointed as co-chair the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) when she flagged human rights violations in the president's drug war, but Duterte fired her from the position after a few days. 

Domagoso said he had previous experience of working alongside a chief who came from a different party when he was elected as vice-mayor to Mayor Alfredo Lim. This time, however, he wants to serve with his official running mate, Dr. Willie Ong.

"Hangga’t maaari, mga kababayan, first time, sana pagtiwalaan ninyo tandem kasi para wala nang away because what brought us, electing different president and vice-president is bating-tingan," he said.

(As much as possible, countrymen, for the first time, please believe in a tandem so that there would no more be quarrels because what electing different president and vice-president brought us is useless discourse.)

Domagoso said he wants to "heal the country" if elected as chief executive and he would not hound the proceeding administration for revenge.

"The people are tired. Wala lang boses ang tao para masabi niyang, ‘Puwede ba, tumigil na kayo?’ Let’s just focus on something, focus on commonality. Hirap na hirap na ang mga utaw [tao], so if we’re going to do the same thing, it’s going to be a cycle. We have to heal," he said.

(The people are tired. They just don't have the voice to say, 'Please stop.' Let's just focus on something, focus on commonality. The people are suffering, so if we're going to do the same thing, it's going to be a cycle. We have to heal.)

"Too much excess baggage will hinder us to move fast for the recovery of our country, our family, and our economy," he added.