A nationwide movement supporting the presidential run of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso was launched composed mainly of village officials, leaders and workers across the country.
Dubbed as the “Barangay Isko” movement, it is the backbone group on the grassroots level if ever Domagoso decides to run for president in the 2022 national and local elections.
Barangay Isko lead convenor Boy Zuñiga, former Liga ng Barangay (LNB) secretary-general, said on Friday their first objective is to convince the charismatic mayor to pursue the presidency.
He added that a vast majority of their group were the long “neglected” barangay frontliners who expressed the belief that Domagoso is the answer to their long wait for a leader who will truly give higher value and respect to barangay workers.
“Today’s event is just the start of our national expedition to help emancipate barangay workers from their current state of being undervalued and abused by their political leaders. We are in the midst of a dark tunnel, but we see a bright promising light under the leadership of Mayor Isko Moreno. That is why many barangay workers are echoing the growing call for Isko to run for president, even before we started to organize Barangay Isko,” said Zuñiga in his welcome message during the assembly.
The group said they are impressed with how the Manila mayor is managing barangay and community concerns in the city, which they say is “badly needed by the rest of the country, especially as we face the far-reaching and deep impact of the pandemic.”
“While other groups are too engrossed with their political infighting and telenovela-type drama among themselves to promote their candidates, we commit today to organize the hundreds of thousands of barangay workers across the country for Mayor Isko, like we have begun today in the whole of Southern Tagalog and in the cities of Iloilo and General Santos, for Visayas and Mindanao, respectively,” Zuñiga added.
The group’s convenor for the Visayas, Iloilo City Councilor Janeda Salcedo said, “We are eager to form Barangay Isko in Visayas, knowing well Mayor Isko has his roots in Antique and Samar.”
From Mindanao, General Santos City Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Albert Niño said, “Mindanaoans will surely support Mayor Isko, not only because he embraces and supports even barangay leaders who did not support him during the election, but because of his outstanding leadership and performance in Manila, in just two years, that inspire people in Mindanao.”
Barangay Isko is an affiliate of Ikaw Muna (IM) Pilipinas, which is spearheading the call for Domagoso to run for president.
Former Department of Transportation undersecretary and IM Pilipinas lead convenor, Tim Orbos said, “We warmly welcome the formation of Barangay Isko, as it signals an avalanche of ground warriors who will fight for Mayor Isko, once he declares his bid for the presidency.”
Bong Mangahas, IM Pilipinas’ political affairs head said, “Barangay workers play a critical role in the delivery of basic services to communities hence, Barangay Isko is a good mechanism to raise their morale in the discharge of their duties.”
During the event, officers of Barangay Isko-Calabarzon were sworn in. The Calabarzon group is led by LNB San Pablo city president, Ariston Amante, regional lead convenor.
The assembly was virtually joined by their provincial counterparts from Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Batangas and Quezon, respectively led by Jefferson Enobio, auditor, Kapisanan ng mga Kagawad ng Laguna; Efren JD Dones, Liga ng mga Barangay, Tanza Cavite; Vice Mayor Anecito Lirazan, Montalban, Rizal; John Brian Diamante, lead convenor Batangas; and Rico Adriano, LNB president, Dolores, Quezon.
The group said they were impressed with how Domagoso is managing barangay and community concerns in Manila, which they say is “badly needed by the rest of the country, especially as we face the far-reaching and deep impact of the pandemic.”