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Hindi gagayahin si Isko: Bagatsing vows not to sell city hall property

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By Billy Begas

Former Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing has vowed not to imitate the work of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno who has sold a number of city hall properties if he gets elected.

Bagatsing, who is running for the mayoral post said he will also try to reclaim the ownership of the properties back to the Manila City government.

In a radio interview, Bagatsing lamented the reported sale of Divisoria Public Market, City College of Manila (Escolta), Harrison Plaza, and Quiricada Fire Station, among others.

Citing data from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Bagatsing said the Manila city government under Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna has already disposed of assets and earned P44 billion.

“Huwag naman po sana maisama dito ang City Hall, Museong Pambata, Yacht Club, Boys Town, North Cemetery at South Cemetery. Maawa naman po tayo sa ating bayan,” Bagatsing added. “Sakaling palarin tayo, ipaparebisa natin ang lahat ng pagbentang ito at kung kakayanin babawiin natin ang lahat ng ito.”

Bagatsing and Lacuna are up against each other in the May 9 elections. Moreno is supporting Lacuna.

Based on the Maharlika TV survey this month, Lacuna still leads the mayoral race with 45.66% but Bagatsing is fast catching up with 37.08%.

Compared to the January 2022 survey, Lacuna lost 16.33% while Bagatsing gained 11.78%.

“Nakakatuwa at kahit papaano, nakikita sa mga survey na isinasagawa na masaya ang Manilenyo sa Bagatsing Brand of Leadership. Maski sa pag-iikot natin sa mga komunidad sa kamaynilaan, nakakatuwa na sinasalubong tayo ng ngiti ng ating mga kababayan,” Bagatsing added.

He thanked barangay captains, kagawad, and other supporters for backing his mayoralty bid.