Mayor Isko to keep mum on plans for 2022, to focus on pandemic

Published March 23, 2021, 3:41 PM

by Andrea Aro

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said he will no longer entertain questions with regard to his plans for the 2022 national elections and will instead focus his attention on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manila City Mayor Francisco Isko Moreno Domagoso talks to his fellow LGU workers during the flag-raising ceremony at Kartilya ng Katipunan on Monday, February 22, 2021. (Photo by Jansen Romero / File photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Wala akong tamang sagot o maling sagot d’yan (I have no right or wrong answer about that) because this is politics and I don’t like entertaining that question,” Domagoso told ANC Headstart on Tuesday.

The newly-formed coalition 1SAMBAYAN is eyeing Domagoso as a potential candidate in the 2022 elections.

The Manila mayor said that “it did not feel right” to discuss politics while the country is still battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday (March 22), the Department of Health reported an all-time-high of 8,019 additional COVID-19 cases.

“Never muna akong sasagot patungkol diyan dahil (I will never answer questions about politics for the meantime) I would rather address the 8,000 infections. How can we participate [in the effort] to lessen 8,000 infections in the country?” he said.

Domagoso said he would rather “focus and dedicate” his time and effort in dealing with the increasing number of infections in the capital city, that can reach up to 600 per day.

“So, dito muna ako sa (I’ll concentrate here in the) pandemic with all honesty. And I swear to God, I would rather focus and dedicate all my time and effort [here],” he said.

Domagoso had placed several barangays in the city under a four-day lockdown due to the surge in COVID-19 infections in the communities.