AT the Manila City Hall’s flag-raising ceremony on Monday, the very reputable, amiable and highly-competent Dr. Ted Martin, chief of the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC), was tasked to introduce Mayor Isko Moreno.
His introduction was short and sweet, but certainly gave an apt description of Moreno and also struck a sensitive chord in the mayor.
“Ibang klase toits” were the words he used to describe Mayor Kois, who as we all know is fond of inverting syllables in certain words ala 80s.
Doc Martin said Mayor Kois is no doctor but he sure can decide and strategize better than doctors and that the people of Manila did not make a mistake in putting him at the city’s helm.
“Hindi siya doktor pero kung dumiskarte mas magaling pa sa doktor. Di nagkamali ang mga taga-Maynila para iluklok siya…lagi siyang nauuna… ke pagputok ng bulkan o pandemya, kahit na anong kalamidad lagi siyang me nakahandang programa at solusyon kaya hanga kami sa kanya,” Doc Martin said of Mayor Kois.
Apparently, this is in reference to the city of Manila leading the nation as having so many ‘firsts’ specially when the COVID-19 crisis hit the country. Manila was ahead in building an infectious disease control center that now serves as its COVID center. Manila was also the first city to have an ordinance that punishes those discriminating against persons either suspected of having or already infected with the coronavirus.
Among many others, Manila is also the first to have so many quarantine facilities in readiness for the possibility of a spike in cases once the city enters into a modified general community quarantine status, although Mayor Kois prays hard that those facilities do not ever get used at all as this would mean that the city had zero covid case, which is the main goal.
Doc Martin, whom many call ‘Doc Gwapo’ for obvious reasons, went on to thank the mayor, vice mayor Honey Lacuna, secretary to the mayor Bernie Ang, city administrator Felix Espiritu, Moreno’s executive assistant Weng Santiago and many others, whom he said have been helping the GABMCC in so many ways as it, along with the five other city-run hospitals, battle COVID-19.
Doc Martin had always been vocal of his admiration for Mayor Kois’ dedication to work, saying he (mayor) inspires city officials like him to work just as hard and to aim for excellence.
In the course of his speech, Doc Martin mentioned that for the past three months, the medical frontliners in his hospital have been enjoying a supply of food from Jollibee.
When it was his turn to speak, Mayor Kois began by mentioning that Doc Martin and his staff are very lucky to enjoy Jollibee everyday.
Apparently, what Doc Martin stated brought back a lot of memories for Mayor Kois, particularly his younger days as a poor scavenger who lived on left-over food thrown away by others.
At this point, I would want to quote the good mayor: “Masuwerte sina Doc Martin dahil araw-araw Jollibee kinakain nila. Buti sila buo, eh ako mula Grade 4 hanggang high school, agahan, tanghalian at hapunan ko Jollibee kaya daig ko sila.
Mas lamang ako sa kanila kasi sila isang beses lang ako three times a day. Kaya nga lang, ‘’yung itinapon nýo sa basurahan ang kinakain ko. Puwede na nga akong lumipad sa dami ng manok na nakain ko.”
It’s good to know that Mayor Kois always remembers those days when he had nothing. This is what makes him grounded and constantly empathize with the members of the poor sector.
There really is such a very big difference between actually experiencing poverty in real life and portraying it in ‘reel’ life or for movie roles.
Mayor Kois can readily deal with the poor because he knows and fully understands where they are coming from, totally. He’s been there, literally.
Jokjok (from Gabby Samonte of Caloocan City )--- PEDRO: Galing ako sa doktor, nakabili na ako ng hearing aid. Grabe ang linaw ngayon nang pandinig ko!/ JUAN: Wow, galing! Magkanong bili mo sa hearing aid?/ PEDRO: Kahapon lang!
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