Isko: OFWs abused financially amid pandemic

By RICHA NORIEGA, GMA News

Published January 27, 2022 10:05pm

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are called “modern day heroes” but not treated as one, presidential aspirant and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Moreno lamented that OFWs have to shell out money when they test positive for the virus at the airport.

“Well ginagahasa din ang ating mga OFWs ng mga politiko eh, tinatawag lang na bagong bayani. Saan ka nakakita ng bagong bayani, pag nagpositive sa airport pinagbabayad natin ng P6,000,” Moreno said during an interview with TV host Boy Abunda.

Moreno said they offered the Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital in Luneta for free for returning OFWs to ease their financial expenses amid COVID-19 threat.

“I mean bagong bayani pero pagdating dito kawawang-kawawa, P6,000 nagbabayad that is why we offered Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital for free for OFW, the very least we can do,” he added.

No to abortion

Asked about his stand on legal abortion on rape cases, Moreno said that he is totally against it.

“No, life is life to me. Same thing that I applied to the criminals, due process will be observed, equal opportunity, equal chance… I don’t like taking life,” he said.

The Manila mayor, however, noted that he is pro-choice in terms of using contraceptives and family planning.

“But I am pro-choice in terms of other things na kung anong accessible na pwedeng ibigay ng estado para sa family planning,” he said.

“But when there is life already, nobody should take it away kasi ipinagkaloob ng Diyos ‘yon that is my personal opinion,” he added.

Asked if his stance on abortion has to do with his Catholic upbringing, Moreno said, “Takot ako kay Jesus.”

Abortion is illegal in the Philippines.

Navy as head of Defense

Moreno said he will appoint an officer from the Navy as the head of the Department of National Defense to confront challenges including maritime dispute and smuggling in the country if he wins the presidency in Eleksyon 2022.

“Ang chief ko ay Navy, because we are an archipelagic country and good thing for us there is no disturbance in the eastern board but the western board from Aparri to Jolo, there are challenges there smuggling and the West Philippine Sea,” he said.

He said he will be “fearless” in dealing with the maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea, but “fair” in terms of trade with other countries including China.

“We must co-exist in economic relationship but we will always be loyal, loyal, and loyal to the Filipino people,” he added.

War on Drugs

Moreno said he would continue the war on illegal drugs, but stressed the need to focus on tightening the country’s borders to prevent the entry of smuggled substances.

“Now, bulk of drugs are coming so there must be something wrong with our borders,” he said.

“It is high time to address our boundaries, port of entries. ‘Pag wala nang pumapasok, then wala nang available,” he added.

He said he would continue the zero tolerance policy against illegal drugs and will make those involved answerable to the law.

“I can honestly say it, 97 percent nahuli naming buhay in Manila,” he said.

Government data shows that over 6,200 drug suspects have died in anti-narcotics sting operations since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016 until November 2021.

Duterte had said he will never apologize for the deaths of suspected drug users and dealers killed in police operations under his war on drugs that has alarmed rights groups.–LDF, GMA News

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