By ROGER M. BALANZA
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto Recto said he is batting for Isko Moreno to be the next president because the Manila mayor “has the competence, courage and empathy needed to bring the country to its feet and uplift the lives of all Filipinos in this time of the pandemic.”
Recto, to further stress why Filipinos need an Isko Moreno to lead the country, cited a famous Batangas saying to describe the presidential candidate: “Ang tunay na lider, kailangan may utak sa bayag at may bayag sa utak.”
Recto dished out the ego-busting praise for the presidential candidate in the 2022 elections, in his speech at the joint One Batangas – IM Pilipinas convention held in Lipa Cit.y.
The event was attended by district representatives, provincial board members, municipal and city mayors, municipal and city councilors, as well as barangay chairs.
Recto elaborated on the Batangueno motto in Pilipino: “Ang ibig sabihin nun, kailangan may talino, may competence, courage, at dadagdagan ko, kailangan may puso para sa mahirap. Si Isko, na ilang buwan ko nang kasama, may competence, courage at tapang, at may empathy para sa pangkaraniwang mamamayan.”
“Kaya ang paki-usap ko sa ating mga kababayan, pag-isahin na natin si Mayor Isko para maging susunod na pangulo ng bansang Pilipinas,” Recto said.
Moreno is taking a crack at the presidency in the 2022 polls and will compete in a crowded field that includes Senators Manny Pacquiao and Ping Lacson, Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Bongbong Marcos. Being eagerly awaited to make the presidential election a six-man race is presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.