Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, who is currently running for president in the upcoming national polls, inaugurated a housing project in Vitas, Tondo earlier this month. More recently, he campaigned in Mindanao without running mate Doc Willie Ong in favor of the “ISSA” tandem: Isko supporters whose vice presidential bet is Sara Duterte.
Tondominium, which is worth a whopping P1 billion as a whole, is one of the flagship housing projects for slum dwellers of the Manila city government. It is 15 stories high. Moreno opened the first tower, with more set to open in the future.
The housing project has 44-square-meter units that can accommodate up to 336 families. During the inauguration, he turned emotional as he recalled his own childhood as a slum dweller of Tondo.
Housing projects similar to Tondominium will be replicated for the country if he wins as president in the May election, he promised.
Moreno, who is considered one of the top contenders for the post, is running with doctor Willie Ong as his vice president. However, during Moreno’s recent initial trip to Mindanao where there is a strong want for the ISSA (Isko-Sara) tandem for governance, Ong was noticeably absent.
According to Lito Banayo, who serves as campaign manager for Moreno, he was the one who asked “Doc Willie” to sit out the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) sorties given the intensity of Sara Duterte supporters in the area.
“I called up Doc Willie on Saturday and I said maybe it might be better [to skip] because it’s too partisan for Sara,” Banayo said during a phone interview with Rappler last February 21st. “It might become embarrassing.”
Later that day, Ong posted a video statement on his Facebook page saying he is unbothered by the call for Moreno to be paired with another vice presidentiable. In a mix of Tagalog and English, he stated that he’s focused on what has to be done and nothing will change.
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