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Isko cool to 2022 presidential run

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Manila Mayor Francisco Isko Moreno Domagoso clarified that he does not intend to run for president in 2022 even President Rodrigo Duterte lauded his leadership in the city.

Speaking at the sidelines of a business forum of GoNegosyo at the Manila Polo Club on September 13, Domagoso was being cajoled by ambassadors, and business leaders to run for the country’s highest post in the next elections.

“It is not in my radar. To entertain these thoughts also gives uncertainty in our direction,” he said.

“I think I would rather focus, use all my available energy and some simple concept of mind in the city of Manila,” he said.

The Mayor clarified that he had been attending business meetings and forums to “market the city of Manila” and not to campaign for the presidency.

“I’m happy and honored to speak before any organization. If I can market the City of Manila, why not?” he said.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said he invited the mayor in the business forum to “keep an eye for talent, people who inspire people from different walks of life.”

“GoNegosyo has been doing the same communication strategy as yours. You are creating an impression for other mayors to step up, shape up…to reach your standard,” Concepcion told Domagoso.

On the other hand, Domagoso also asked the business leaders to go back and invest in Manila.

“There about 1,600 plus mayors in the country. I’m not special, but Manila is special. You have better buildings in BGC, Capital Commons, Greenfield, UP Technohub. They have all the developments.. Tourism is the character of Manila,” he said.

“Go back to Manila. Buy properties in Escolta. I will give you delayed gratification and give you 100 percent tax free for 15 years. Why? I want to change the skyline of Escolta but no one wants to buy because it’s rotten,” he added.

The mayor also assured that the nation’s capital will be different “from the Manila you knew three months ago.”
“People need certainty in policy, particularly in business. You don’t change the rules in the middle of the ball game,” Domagoso said.

The Mayor also bared that he planned to launch “GoManila” app where all the data in the city would be available in the hands of the people.

“Our 275 cameras, are in your hands. You do not have to wait for DZMM or MMDA for traffic reports. Then my next plan would be a job portal,” he said.

“Maybe in a couple of months [GoManila app], it will be free. I am going to get it for free. I know how to sell transaction-based programs for you to earn. There are so many windows of opportunity,” he added.

Richest city in 2022

Domagoso also confidently averred that the city of Manila will become the “National Capital Region’s richest city by 2022.”

A 2017 report from the Commission on Audit (COA) showed Manila ranked third among the Philippines’ richest city with P38.68 billion in assets. 

The Mayor said they were expecting a P90-billion windfall in the coming years from the income of the Bureau of Customs offices in Manila.

“We have so many ports. Not only four companies but big establishments. Manila will get rich. This is not a dream…I’m just stating facts based on the decision of the Supreme Court,” he said.

The Supreme Court ruled that the share of local government units (LGUs) must be computed based on all national taxes. The BOC must remit a portion of its collections to LGUs since it charges national duties such as value-added tax, excise taxes, and documentary stamp taxes.

The funds that will be collected will be used for health care, housing, education, tourism, and traffic programs, he said.

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