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Philosophy professor explains why Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is so popular

  • Marc Pasco says that Isko Moreno cares about the cleanliness of Manila and is a down-to-earth individual
  • Compares the mayor to Imelda Marcos and Duterte

Marc Pasco, a philosophy teacher went on Facebook and shared his thoughts about why he thinks Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is loved by the people.

Pasco mentions that one of the attributes that the mayor has going for him is his good looks. The fact that he goes on live online so people can see what he is doing and speaking like an average Joe also make him approachable in the eyes of the public.

Isko showed that he cared about the cleanliness of the city when he accidentally stepped on dog poop when he was at the Bonifacio Monument. This made people love him even more.

“Napakaluwag na salitang kayang dumampot ng napakaraming isyu: basura, trapik, droga, korapsyon, etc. Yung tae video niya sa monumento ni Bonifacio ay matinding simbolismo ng kanyang hangarin: linisin, ayusin ang mabaho, mapanghi, at kadiring landscape ng Maynila. Bentang benta ito sa mga netizen. ”

Pasco said that Filipinos want things to be at least nice to look at which gives them a good feeling.

“Bakit bentang benta ito? Gaya ng maraming Pilipino, kailanganin nating tanggapin na ang laro ng politika sa Pilipinas ay larong aestetikong may kinalaman sa maganda at pangit, sa maayos at magulo, sa mabaho at mabango.”

Imelda was also popular back in the day because she cared about how the city looked and did something about it.

“Naging popular sa marami si Imelda dati dahil sa kanyang mga beautification initiatives sa maynila, sa mga modernong gusali at mismong anyo na wari’y hindi nakakatikim ng hangin, alikabok, at libag. Yun bang pag namatay wala nang gagawin yung make-up artist sa morge.

“Ganyan din si Bayani Fernando sa Marikina at siguro si Duterte sa Davao. ‘Inayos’ nila ang siyudad,” he added.

Filipinos want things to be in place and organized. Cleanliness is very important.

“Kaya nga napakaraming gamit ng salitang ‘ayos’ sa atin. Pare, ayos dito sa inyo a. Miss, ayos ka lang ba? Hoy Kosme, umayos ka nga may bisita tayo. Eh ser, baka naman puwede na lang nating ayusin ‘to. Boss,ayos ba dyan sa talyer mo? Anak pakiaayos mo naman yung kinainan. Ayusin natin to dear, I labyu, etc.”

Moreno is actually the type to fulfill his promises. He talks the talk and walks the walk.

“To watch a spectacle from afar through a tiny screen and to see and experience it live is what netizens live for: the thrill of confirming if what they watched is actually true. When people who watch Isko actually go to Manila and experience the changes, their minds will be blown, not because they understand the political implications of this change, but because nakakatuwa lang talaga na makita ang isang lugar na dating magulo na ngayon ay maayos na. Salamat kay yorme.”

He concluded that as Filipinos, we need to look beyond just making thing ‘ayos lang..

“But if we want lasting change in our political and social culture, kailangan nating magkaroon ng inisyatibo mismo bilang mamamayan na ayusin ang ating mga sarili at mga pamayanan at hindi maging simpleng mga saksi lang sa pagbabago.”


Marc Pasco also made an appearance on Kim Atienza’s show. You can follow him at @icepasco1.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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