Isko Moreno won’t run vs. Erap for Manila mayor. Here’s why
Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno has no plans of running against incumbent city Mayor Joseph Estrada even though he has admitted to coveting the title of local chief executive.
In an interview on ANC’s “Beyond Politics,” Moreno said he’s foregoing a run for mayor in 2016 because he doesn’t want to cause divisiveness among local politikos.
“Well, lahat tayo may pangarap… Sa akin, totoong gusto kong mag-mayor. Nahihiya naman ako sa mga taga-Maynila baka sabihin nila ayaw kong mag-mayor. Totoo ‘yan, pero kung ’yan ang magiging bahagi ng pagkakahiwalay ng lahat, then I would rather stop and let Mayor Erap continue his term,” he said.
Estrada has been vocal about his plan to run for reelection in 2016.
Moreno said he didn’t want a repeat of the rift and in-fighting which occurred during the term of former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim because members of the city council were not united.
“Ang iniiwasan ko kasi, ’yung aming pagkaka-baha-bahagi sa Maynila. Isa ’yan sa mga dahilan kung bakit nabulok kami sa Maynila. Biruin mo, nanalo mayor, iba vice mayor, iba konsehal. Sabog-sabog eh. This time, it happened na diretso. Pati council got elected unanimously with the members, so in line with the policy of the mayor,” he said.
Since he doesn’t want to challenge Estrada for the mayoralty post next year, Moreno said he’ll just pursue other plans.
“Eh what will happen to me? Eh, ako, pwede naman akong mag-PMA. ‘Pahinga Muna, Anak.’ Marami pa naman akong birthday, 40 anyos pa lang naman ako,” he said in jest.