No COVID-19 lockdowns under my watch — Mayor Isko

Published April 28, 2022, 11:09 AM

by Jaleen Ramos

Presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Wednesday, April 27, said he would not impose lockdowns to prevent the spread of Covid-19 if elected as the country’s next president.

MAYOR ISKO MORENO (PHOTO BY ALI VICOY/ MANILA BULLETIN)

In an ambush interview, Domagoso said he believes that the imposition of lockdowns only makes people’s lives miserable.

“Hindi ako maglo-lockdown (I will not impose lockdowns). Why? Two years are enough for us to understand Covid, that there is a cycle of surge, may pagtaas, may pagbaba. May paglakas, may paghina (it will rise and fall, strengthen, and weaken). But what matters most is we should prepare,” he said.

Domagoso reiterated that the economy must remain open or many Filipinos will lose their jobs and suffer from hunger.

“We should come prepared and we should literally open. We have to, kasi magugutom ang tao kapag walang trabaho (otherwise, people will go hungry if they have no jobs),” he said.

Domagoso also said that the COVID-19 response plan of the City of Manila must be replicated in “ tourist belts” or areas where there are many tourists.

“We welcome tourists but they should follow health protocols like testing, vaccination. Tapos (Then) we learn how to live with Covid-19 and go back to work safely,” he said.

He emphasized the need for the government to be prepared for the worst-case scenarios and start building more hospitals and prioritize life-saving medicines against the deadly disease.

Domagoso said he ran for the highest position in the country to offer what he has done in Manila, especially during the time of pandemic, that are duplicable and scalable.

 
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