Isko Moreno bats for return to 2-party system, regional senators

FORMER MANILA MAYOR Francisco Domagoso, popularly known as Isko Moreno , in a file photo

MANILA – Aksyon Demokratiko presidential bet Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso has called for a shift to a two-party system for smooth-sailing governance and batted for the election of senators by region.

Domagoso,  who is popularly known for his actor’s name Isko Moreno, made the call during the second installment of the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) “PiliPinas Debates 2022,” adding that he also prefers the election of two senators per region.

On April 10, Domagoso was literally mobbed by record 80,000 supporters at the “Isigaw mo, Isko” concert rally at the corner of Maria Orosa and Kalaw Streets in Ermita district.

Domagoso expressed gratitude to the attendees whom he said included not just Manileños but those from other provinces as well.

“Today (Sunday), about 80 percent are from Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Southern Luzon — volunteers and supporters,” Domagoso said.

“Ang maganda rito wala silang gastos so parang it’s a family day after two years of lockdown, of uncertainty. So parang unwind so this is a refresher in their hearts and minds and as you heard, tinanong ko naman sila, pwede na tayong magpahinga. Sabi nila tuloy ang laban. So nakakatuwa (What’s good here is that they did not spend anything and it has become a family day after two years of lockdown, of uncertainty. It is like unwinding, a refresher. I asked them if can we rest, they said the fight continues. It good to hear), so that is gonna happen in the next 29 days. We will continue what we’re doing, to go directly to the people,” he said.

Domagoso recounted similar experiences in Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Cebu province where they were met by big crowds.

His camp held back-to-back concert-rallies in Lapu-Lapu City on Friday, with about 35,000 trooping to the Mactan Shrine, followed by a free concert at Toledo City Sports Center parking lot the following day, attended by about 20,000.

Domagoso said he supports the party-list system but it must have added safeguards.

The Manila mayor lamented that the party-list system is being used to exploit the poor and extend political dynasties.

Napapanahon na, hinog na, na tayo’y bumalik sa two-party system. We elect the president. At the same time, ‘pag nanalo ‘yung presidente, para walang away ‘yung presidente’t bise presidente, sabay silang mananalo (It is high time for the country to return to two-party system. We elect the president and at the same time if he wins, his or her vice president also wins, they will both win, this way there will be no conflict between them),” Domagoso said.

He will likewise push for the election of two senators per region, for a total of 34, for equal representation.

Labing-pitong rehiyon, dalawang senador bawat rehiyon para may talagang representasyon doon sa kanilang rehiyon. At ang isang ordinaryong nanay o tatay na nagsikap, nakapag-produce ng mabuting bata at magaling doon sa kanilang rehiyon ay mabigyan ng pagkakataon ng representasyon sa Senado (Seventeen regions, two senators each region so they will have true representation. And an ordinary mother or father who strive to raise a good son or daughter will have a chance in the Senate),” he said.

He expressed support for the continuation of the party-list representation but emphasized that there should be safeguards to avoid abuse and manipulation. (Claire  Morales True)