Isa po kayo sa mga naging inspirasyon ko: Mayor Isko to President Duterte

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“Thank you for the kind words Mr. President but to be really honest, isa po kayo sa mga naging inspirasyon ko sa kung ano mang klase ng liderato na meron kami,” Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno said in a statement after President Rodrigo Duterte praised his brand of leadership.

President Duterte said on September 10 that he admire Moreno for his resolve to clean up and instill discipline in Manila City.

“Bilib ako sa kanya kaya nanonood ako kung nagsasalita siya,” Duterte said at the oath-raking of Malacañang Press Corps, Malacañang Cameramen Association, and Presidential Photojournalists Association.

“Mas mahusay siya kaysa akin, sa totoo lang. Oo, may nakita ako na mas mahusay ang resolve niya kaysa akin. Plus two ako sa kanya,” President Duterte added.

Mayor Isko Moreno said the leadership now being seen in mayors all over the country reflects the President’s brand of leadership.

“Naalala ko po nung lage akong nagagawi sa Davao nung araw. Di naman po lingid sa kaalaman ng karamihan, lalong lalo na yung mga taga Maynila na ako po ay naninigarilyo. Pero pag nasa Davao City po ako, takot na takot po akong manigarilyo dahil alam kung huhulihin ako,” Moreno said.

“In fact there was one time, galing po kami ng Tagum pabalik ng Davao City. Medyo dis oras na ng gabi pero biglang bumagal po ang takbo ng sasakyan namin so tinanong namin yung driver kung bakit. Simple lang yung sagot nya. “Kasi po nasa Davao City na tayo. Kahit gabi ho dito, may pulis man o wala, sumusunod po kami sa batas trapiko,” he added.

He also noted that “it’s not the severity of punishment itself but the certainty of getting caught that deters a person from committing a crime.”

“So we owe it to you Mr. President, for inspiring us and for becoming a good example to all of us,” he said.