By ROGER M. BALANZA
Allies have come to the defense of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso against critics who made fun of isko’s provocative modeling photos taken before he became a public official.
The sexy photos include Isko. a former movie actor, in a bikini.
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla and and Isko’s political party Aksyon Demokratiko said that Isko should not be insulted over his half-naked photos as a young actor in the 1990s.
Remulla, who did not identify the critics, said on Facebook that Isko “did not break any laws by joining showbiz in his youth nor by posing sexy in photos” prior to his election as a public official.
President Rodrigo Duterte is among those who criticized Isko’s bikini pose, after the Manila mayor blamed Duterte for creating chaos in vaccination centers for his statement warning arrest for unvaccinated people going out of their homes.
“‘Yan ang gusto ninyo? Ang training parang, para lang, call boy, naghuhubad… ‘Yan ang training ng presidente, mag hubad at magpapicture, at magsilip, magyabang sa kanilang ari,” said President Rodrigo Duterte. during his weekly public address on Monday where he was to talk about the Covid-19 pandemic, but spiced up the occasion by hitting at Isko.
Isko has emerged as one of the frontliners in pre-election surveys for presidential preference for the 2022 elections. Presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is also a potential candidate for the country’s top post.
“Hindi lang tayo pwede magsalita ng pulitiko dito, pero ‘yan, kayong mga Pilipino, huwag kayo magpaloko diyan sa mga pa-drama magsalita. Nakita ko nga sa Facebook kanina, lahat ng, nakabikini ang gago. Tapos may isang picture pa doon na sinisilip niya yung ari niya,” said Duterte whose term ends in 2022.
Remulla defended Isko in a post on Facebook: (Isko) did not do those provocative poses while in office as a respected councilor, vice mayor or as the current Manila mayor.”
What’s important is that (Isko) never lied, did not steal, kill nor did he ever bring shame to the great people of Manila as a public servant,” he added.
Isko’s party also defended the Manila mayor against Duterte’s tirades.
Ernest Ramel Jr., secretary-general of Aksyon Demokratiko, said the party was certain that Duterte was referring to Isko in his remarks.
“The presidential spokesperson can spin the President’s remarks but it was clear that they were referring to Mayor Isko. No other mayor in Metro Manila had the same background,” Ramel said.
“Probably, they were worried since apart from speculations that Mayor Isko is eyeing for higher office, they were seeing the mayor’s good performance in Manila,” he added.