Manila Mayor Isko Moreno last week unexpectedly came out swinging against President Duterte and his cohorts in Malacanang for criticizing Manila City Hall’s move to acquire more anti-Covid medicines (like Tocilizumab and Remdesivir) as against grossly overpriced face masks from the Department of Health.
“So we ordered more medicines again. It’s like you are living in Disneyland. You are not living in reality,” Moreno lashed out at national government officials leading the pandemic battle who seemed more interested in purchasing more face shields.
“Ang lalaki ng tiyan ninyo, ‘di pa kayo nagkakanda-ugaga. Kailan kayo mabubusog sa kapangyarihan. Kailan kayo magigising sa katotohanan.”
Moreno also took umbrage with the sarcastic comments of presidential spokesman Harry Roque that he (Moreno) was simply trying to court votes for 2022 when he asked the government to supply Covid19 medicines.
Moreno said City Hall officials requested for more medicines due to the high demand by relatives of persons afflicted with the deadly disease.
“Uulitin ko na buhay ng tao ang nakasalalay, kaya ‘wag n’yo kaming sagutin ng pabalang. Ayaw naming kayong patulan, pero tinutulak n’yo kami sa pader.”
On the sidelines of a public event in Arroceros Park, Moreno pointed out that the national government must give top priority to the purchase of Tocilizumab and Remdesivir drugs in order to save lives, rather than face masks which only serve to line the pockets of certain favored individuals in Davao.
”We continue to call on you. Don’t think of me as a mayor. Think of me as a citizen, your constituent, a taxpayer of this country. Please buy Remdesivir; please buy Tocilizumab,” he appealed to Duterte.
“With all humility, I will even kneel, Mr. President.”
During his searing speech, Moreno appeared having become frustrated with the Duterte administration and all its reported shenanigans that he hinted he might just run for president in 2022.
“See you in October,” he said, obviously referring to the October 1 to 8-period set by the Commission on Elections for the filing of Certificates of Candidacy for all elective positions for the May 9, 2022 national and local elections.
Photo: Philippine Star