MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday thanked and lauded the leadership of the House of Representatives led House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte and the more than 100 members of Congress, along with members of the Manila City Council, who have decided to donate their one-month salaries to help combat the COVID crisis.
In his public address, Moreno particularly commended the efforts of Cayetano, Romualdez and Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte after learning from the deputy secretary general of Congress that a total of 117 Congressmen have positively responded to the problems confronting the country in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreno the other day made an emotional appeal to all fellow politicians in the country for a 90-day ‘ceasefire’ in politicking and instead focus all efforts in helping the national government by acting in unison with calls being made by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Moreno also lauded the city’s four congressmen namely Manny Lopez, Yul Servo, Rolan Valeriano and Benny Abante, for joining thre 117 congressmen in donating their salaries, adding that he and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, along with the city councillors, have also agreed to donate their salaries to the Philippine General Hospital to boost its capacity.
The mayor said that the some P4.7 million they raised for the purpose will specifically go to efforts aimed at providing support for the medical or health workers.
“Maraming maraming salamat sa inyong lahat sa pagpapakita ng pagkakaisa at pagmamalasakit,” Moreno said, stressing that such is a good start towards unity and taking the same direction that President Duterte and top government officials have been taking.
“Yung tinawag tayo asking for solidarity, I think ito na ‘yung sinasabing pag tayo’y nagkakaisa, wala munang away-away o pulitika, mas maraming maa-achieve para labanan ang COVID 19,’” he said, adding that a 90-day ceasefire from politics is but a small effort towards a united front against the real enemy which is COVID 19.
Moreno also thanked the private sector and fellow politicians who have called up to help feed the hungry. As of yesterday, the city government of Manila had been able to deliver a total of 202,694 food packs covering more than one million individuals out of the more than 1.8 million city population.