Isko Moreno says he relates to Ukraine leader’s experience, would follow example if war breaks out

Presidential aspirant and Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso, popularly known as Isko Moreno, said on Saturday he could relate to the life of Volodymyr Zelensky, a former comedian turned Ukraine’s president who is now defending the capital of his country amid the invasion of Russia.

Domagoso, who rose to fame in the entertainment industry before entering politics, sad he could relate to Zelensy’s experience of being labeled “just an actor.”

Zelensky, a former comedian, scored a landslide victory in the 2019 Ukraine’s presidential election.

“Naramdaman ko rin ‘yan noong araw. Siyempre may prejudice, hindi mo naman masisisi. Katula ng ibang lawyers or professionals na nasa gobyerno rin, may pumalpak din sa kanilang iilan,” said Domagoso.

“Katulad naming mga artista na nasa gobyerno, marami ring palpak sa amin sa public service. Kaya hindi mo masisisi ang taong bayan na ma-associate ka sa mga artistang politiko na hindi pinagbuti ‘yung trabaho,” he added.

Domagoso said that if elected president, he would launch a war on poverty rather than a physical conflict.

“Pero ito ang assurance ko sa inyo, may awa ang Diyos, sa tulong ng Diyos at taong bayan at naging presidente ako at Vice President si Doc [Willie Ong]…

“Basta, hindi ko mann iniisip na magkagiyera, ako hangga’t maaari ayoko sumali tayo sa anumang uri ng giyera, kasi ang gusto kong giyera ‘yung labanan natin ‘yung hirap ng tao, ‘yung hapdi ng sikmura, ‘yung kapanatagan sa pamumuhay ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino. ‘Yun ang giyerang gusto kong pasukin.” he said.

However, if in case a war breaks out, Domagoso said he will follow in the footsteps of Zelensky, who stayed in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, to command a strong resistance to Russian forces.

“One to sawa tayo… Alam mo ang ginagawa ni Zelensky is worth emulating. Bagay na gayahin ng mga lider. Na ang isang lider hindi duwag, hindi nagtatago, hindi natatakot at sinasamahan ang kaniyang mga mamamayan at nauuunawaan niya ang sitwasyon ng kaniyang mamamayan,” he said.

Domagoso pledged to be with the Filipino in times of struggles, including disasters and calamities.

“Now, hindi ako matapang. Meron din akong karuwagan sa buhay. Takot ako sa karayom, takot ako sa multo, takot ako sa heights. Pero may mga bagay naman akong hindi inaatrasan. Lalo na kung ikaw na ang involved bilang mamamayan. I’ll be with you,” he said.

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