Manila Mayor Isko Moreno meets an old ‘karibal’ in Bataan

Published November 12, 2021, 5:01 PM

by Shirley Matias Pizarro

BALANGA, BATAAN — Manila Mayor and presidential aspirant Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso visited his old haunt in Pilar town in Bataan where he used to rent a small hut and live with his family while working as a farmer there.

During the visit where he was accompanied by long-time friend and Pilar Mayor Charlie Pizarro, Moreno was shown a video where an old buddy paid tribute to the young presidential aspirant.

In the same video, Moreno’s buddy recalled how they didn’t want the Manila mayor to be in his company.

“All the girls had a crush on Isko,” he said.

He ended the greeting by asking for the mayor’s forgiveness in jest.

“Kasi ngayon baka maging president ka ng Pilipinas,” to the delight of Moreno and the audience.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso takes a “groufie’ with young ladies during a recent visit in Bataan. (Abet Garcia Facebook Page/Manila Bulletin)

Moreno in past interviews with this writer recalled his life living as a Bataeno.

“Noong araw, sa paghahanap ng trabaho, kung saan-saan tayo napapadpad. Napunta tayo dito sa Pilar para magsaka. Matagal din tayong naghanapbuhay dito. May niligawan pa nga akong anak ng may-ari ng lupang sinasaka ko e. Pero siyempre nabasted tayo. Pero mabait naman ang Diyos kasi nang lumaon at medyo sinuwerte tayo sa pag-aartista, nakabili din ako ng lupang saka ditto sa Pilar.”

Moreno was mobbed wherever he went and his speech was always well-received.

“Magaling si Yorme. Kapani-paniwala ang sinasabi niya lalo na kapag pinag-uusapan niya ang tungkol sa dinaraanan ng mahihirap kasi dati siyang mahirap at dumanas ng mga dinaranas ng ating mga kababayang kapus palad. Hangad ko ang tagumpay niya,” one person in the audience said.

Meantime, Bataan Gov. Albert S. Garcia lauded the invaluable support Moreno has given to the province during the time of the pandemic during the latter’s return visit to the province he calls his “second home.”

“Si Mayor Isko po ang tumulong sa atin upang maset-up ang ating cold chain facility kaya dumating agad ang supply ng bakuna sa ating lalawigan. Kung kaya’t ang Bataan sa ngayon ay isa sa mga nangungunang probinsya na may pinakamaraming nabakunahang mamamayan,” said Garcia as he spoke during an impromptu reception held for Moreno and his party at The Bunker here.

He also cited Moreno’s invaluable help to Bataenos battling COVID-19 who received hard-to-find and very expensive medicine called Tocilizumab for free from his office. This writer’s relative, former Barangay Captain Norman Guila of Cupang Proper, Balanga, who sadly passed away in September due to COVID-19 complications of critical pneumonia, was a recipient of such generous help from Manila mayor.

Moreno calls Bataan his second home having spent many years as a young man working as a farmer in Pilar town. He said Bataan is close to his heart. For this visit, Moreno was accompanied by his running mate, vice presidential aspirant Doc Willie Ong and senatorial aspirants Samira Gutoc, Carl Balita and Atty. JopetSison.

Moreno first paid a courtesy visit to the Balanga Bishop, Monsignor Ruperto Santos before proceeding to The Bunker, the seat of the provincial government. He then proceeded to Barangay Puerto Rivas in Balanga to meet with fisher folks and inspire them to continue with their unique industry of manufacturing smoked and dried fish which Bataan is famous for.

 
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