IN the Philippines, a graft-prone and impoverished Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 million people, it is said that one cannot adopt politics as a profession and remain honest.
Thus, we cannot blame Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, a former scavenger, for telling teachers and school authorities to spare the educational institutions from politics.
Likewise, the highly-articulate and workaholic Mayor Moreno called on the city’s public school teachers to report to his office any instance of politicians interfering in their work.
In the view of many, including parents and guardians of school children, allowing politicians, local and national, to meddle in purely school affairs and activities is not acceptable.
“Sana ay huwag ninyong tularan ang ilang mga barangay official na hanggang ngayon ay di pa maka-move on,” said the hard-hitting movie actor-turned-public servant.
In fact, Mayor Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna expect the city public school teachers to have a better understanding and discernment of what is wrong and what is right.
Moreno said he and Vice Mayor Lacuna will do their job well for the benefit of their constituents.
Instead of engaging in politics, which is not included in their job description, the Manila local chief executive asked the teachers to make better citizens out of their students.
We also take note of Mayor Moreno’s uncompromising stand against graft and corruption, which continue to hamper the socio-economic development of local government units in the country.
With Mayor Moreno, Vice Mayor Lacuna and other good men and women in the city government, Manilans, particularly the poorest of the poor, expect the best in the days and months ahead.