Isko Moreno

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Francisco Moreno Domagoso (born 24 October 1974), popularly known by his screen name Isko Moreno, is a politician and actor. He is the incumbent mayor of Manila, having been elected in 2019. Prior to being mayor, he had served as a councilor of the first district of the city from 1998 to 2007, and as vice mayor from 2007 to 2016. From July to October 2017, Moreno was the chairman of the state-run North Luzon Railways Corporation; and from May to October 2018, he was the undersecretary for Luzon affairs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

On 22 September 2021, Moreno formally declares his candidacy for president in the 2022 Philippine general election.

Early life

Moreno was born on 24 October 1974 in Manila.[1] He is the only child of Joaquin Domagoso, who hailed from Antique and worked at Manila’s North Harbor, and Rosario Moreno, who was born in Allen, Northern Samar. He began working at age 10, when he sold old newspapers and used bottles he collected from houses using a pushcart.[2]

Acting career

Moreno met talent scout Wowie Roxas in 1993 at a funeral in Tondo.[3] After Roxas encouraged him to enter show business, Moreno joined veteran host German Moreno’s daily variety show ''That's Entertainment''. In 1993, Moreno played a cameo role in the film May Minamahal. The following year, he was cast as the leading man in Muntik na Kitang Minahal opposite Claudine Barretto.

Later in the 1990s, he appeared in films with sexual themes such as Mga Babae sa Isla Azul, Misteryosa, and Exploitation.[4]

Moreno continued to work in film and TV after entering politics in 1998.[5] In 2004, he appeared in a feature on his life story in Maalaala Mo Kaya. In 2005, he played a priest in the the drama series Mga Anghel na Walang Langit. In 2007, he appeared briefly in the drama series Bakekang. In 2008, Moreno was in the afternoon soap opera Ligaw na Bulaklak.

In 2014, Moreno appeared as himself on Homecoming, a Japanese variety show. In 2019, he played the role of Yorme, a name by which he has since been known as mayor of Manila, in the film 3pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon!

Political career

Moreno entered politics in 1998, when he was elected councilor in the first district of Manila. He was re-elected to the position in 2001 and 2004, reaching his term limit in 2007. He then ran for vice mayor of Manila in 2007. During this period, he took a crash course in local legislation and local finance at the University of the Philippines Diliman and then took up public administration at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.[6]

Moreno also completed short governance courses at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Said Business School of University of Oxford.[7]

After reaching his term limit as councilor in 2007, Moreno ran for vice mayor of the city under the Asenso Manileño party, with outgoing vice mayor Danny Lacuna, then running for mayor, as his running mate. Moreno won with a margin of 80,000 votes against the closest contender. He successfully sought reelection in 2010 under the Liberal Party, with incumbent mayor Alfredo Lim as his running mate.[8]

While serving as vice mayor, Moreno also worked as vice chairman of the Manila Historical and Heritage Commission. Around this time he enrolled at Arellano University to take up law but quit while in his second year to focus on his work as vice mayor.

Moreno ran for a third term as vice mayor of Manila in 2013 with former president Joseph Estrada as his running mate. The tandem won.

After reaching his term limit as vice mayor in 2016, Moreno ran for senator as part of the senatorial lineup of presidential aspirant Grace Poe. Moreno lost his bid, placing 16th in the race.  

President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Moreno chairman of the board of the North Luzon Railways Corporation in July 2017. He gave up the position in October 2017. In May 2018, he took on the role of undersecretary for Luzon affairs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, resigning in October 2018 to focus on his candidacy for mayor of Manila in the 2019 elections.

Mayor of Manila

Moreno ran for mayor of Manila in 2019, defeating former mayors Lim and Estrada after securing 50% of the votes.

City services

A city ordinance signed by Moreno provides a monthly allowance of ₱1,000 each to students of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and Universidad de Manila.[9] All grade 12 students of all public schools in Manila are entitled too to a ₱500 monthly allowance provided that they or their parents are residents and registered voters of Manila. Senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and solo parents living in Manila may also receive a ₱500 monthly allowance. An additional ₱800 and a cake are also given to senior citizens on their birthdays.

Infrastructure

Moreno’s administration worked on the restoration of the historic Jones Bridge.[10] Other infrastructure projects by his government include the construction of a 10-storey, 384-bed building at the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center[11] and a redeveloped Manila Zoo.[12]

Candidacy in the 2022 presidential election

On 21 September 2021, Lito Banayo, Moreno's campaign manager, confirmed that the incumbent Manila mayor will be running for president of the Philippines in the 2022 elections.[13] The following day, Moreno announced his candidacy for the presidency in the Baseco Compound in Manila, saying he will be a "healing president."[14] His running mate is Willie Ong, a physician with 16 million followers on Facebook.[15]

Moreno filed his certificate of candidacy on 4 October 2021. He is running under the Aksyon Demokratiko Party, which he joined on 5 August. The party elected him as its president on 10 August.[16]

Personal life

Moreno married businesswoman Diana Lynn Ditan in 2000. They have five children. Moreno tested positive for COVID-19 on August 15, 2021.[17]

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References

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  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20080225132058/http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/man/2004/08/26/life/the.story.of.isko.moreno.on.maalaala.mo.kaya..html Sunstar. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
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