A DAY without crime, petty violations, cutting trip and loitering. These are Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s wishes for his coming birthday on Thursday, October 24.
Responding to proposals flooding his social media account for him to take a much-needed rest, Moreno said he is slated to open three health centers on his birthday, ruling out any possible rest.
Moreno said that instead of material gifts, he is asking the public to give him a gift that money cannot buy — a day when all rules and laws are followed.
“Tutal sinasabi nyo parati magpahinga ako. Ngayon, para mapahinga ako, tulong-tulong tayong maglinis, sumakay tayo sa tamang sakayan, tumawid sa tamang tawiran, maglinis tayong lahat ng paligid natin, walang cutting trip, tapos ‘yung mga magnanakaw, tolongges, pwede ba pahinga muna kayo kahit isang araw man lang?,” Moreno said.
“Yan ang mga hihingin ko sa taumbayan. Pag nagkaganun, eh di nga ako magta-trabaho kasi payapa at maayos ang Maynila,” the mayor added.
Netizens’ requests for him to rest mounted when he recently got hit by flu. Moreno, since assuming mayorship on June 30, had been working from morning to wee hours of the morning, including weekends.
Meanwhile, Moreno’s executive assistant Weng Santiago said that since the first week of October, the mayor’s office had been receiving letters, cards and tokens from children and adults from all walks of life to greet Moreno a happy birthday.
In another development, Moreno announced that a dancing fountain can now be enjoyed by the public at the Lawton Plaza in front of the Philippine Post Office along with the newly-rehabilitated Jones Bridge which was slated to be opened last night.
New lights and designs reminiscent of the Old Manilla have been put in the bridge, which has been fully-illuminated to discourage criminal elements from lurking there.