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Manileños see bright future

 

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Manileños see a brand new start with the victory of Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso as their mayor in the recent midterm elections.

Rising lawyer and leader Jeremi­ah Belgica, 38, believes that Doma­goso’s edge over other candidates is his relatively young age.

“It is a fresh start but one that faces the challenges of old sys­temic problems….I hope that this will not just be a mere changing of the guard but a changing of heart, mindset, and approach for us Ma­nileños,” he said.

Jonathan Garzo, chairperson of Barangay 604, Zone 60, Bacood, Sta. Mesa, also shared the same view about the 44-year-old politi­cian.

He said he did not think twice in throwing support to him even if he was an ally of reelectionist Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada for the past six years.

“Nasubukan na kasi yung dalawa (Estrada and former Mayor Alfredo Lim) pero walang nangyari. Nakita namin kay Isko ‘yung vibrancy, pa­giging bata, progressive city sa May­nila. Ino-offer niya ang plans and programs na napakaganda, subukan natin ang bata,” Garzo said.

Meanwhile, Jolly Guarin, 40, vot­ed for her Tondo compatriot Doma­goso because she is confident that he will live up to his campaign promises such as the lowering of Real Property Tax (RPT).

“Masaya kami na siya ang mauupo ngayon kasi galing sa hi­rap. Kumbaga naiintindihan niya ‘yung mga nararanasan ng mga ta­ga-Tondo na galing sa hirap….sana tuparin niya ang mga pangako niya. May iba kasi na nakakalimutan na. Pero siguro siya hindi kasi narana­san niya mas worse,” she said.

Even if the welfare of pedicab drivers were not part of Doma­goso’s platform, Jerry Dizon still chose him trusting that he would understand their plight as some­one who came from a poor fam­ily.

He just has one appeal to him: “Sana medyo luwagan pamamas­ada namin para naman kumita kami sa pamilya namin.”

In the case of Manila City Hall employees, Bong, not his real name, said they are optimistic with the incoming administration of Domagoso.

He said they are praying that he will return their P2,500 rice allow­ance and other benefits, which he said he removed during his term as vice mayor, once he assumes power on June 30.

“Tingin ko mukhang mapapa­ganda kami…bago iyan baka may himala,” Bong said.

But he admitted that about 1,000 city hall contractual work­ers face job loss with the looming transition.

Although her bet was Estrada, Lola Dolores Villamor, 83, is still banking on Domagoso to contin­ue the program of his predecessor for their sector.

“Kasi matulungin si Erap sa matatanda tsaka talagang tinutu­lungan niya kami. May pension kami na R500 kada buwan mali­ban pa ang birthday cash at gro­ceries,” she said.

She also took the chance to advice Domagaso whom she said she knew since he was a young scavenger in Smokey Mountain.

“Sana desisyunan niya ang da­pat desisyunan. ‘Wag siya mak­inig sa mga sulsul ng iba, isipin niya mabuti kung makakabuti o makakasama kasi ‘yun ang makakasira sa kanya,” she said. (Ria Fernandez)

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