Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is not yet done with the vandals who painted several infrastructures around his city.
On Monday, Moreno cleaned one of the vandals itself using paint thinner. However, even the hardest wipe of the Mayor didn’t remove a bit of the vandalism.
“Tignan niyo kung gaano kahirap, ito ang gusto niyo sa gobyerno? Eto ang gusto niyong pagkaabalahan namin, imbes na ang pagkaabalahan namin ay kung paano namin kayo bibigyan ng bahay, paano namin kayo bibigyan ng trabaho, paano namin kayo bibigyan ng gamot, eto ba ang gusto niyong gawin?” Moreno said.
It seems that the Mayor is in a bad mood while trying to remove the said paintings, asking the people behind the vandals if they’re “happy” of what they have done.
According to him, instead of using the money to buy medicine, to educate people and to build houses, they’re forced to spend the tax of the Manilenyos to clean the vandalism.
He also criticized the activist groups who insisted that they’re only expressing their beliefs in the form of “art”.
“Yung may sakit ang ipapainom ko sa kanila ‘yung ‘art’ niyo? Pagagamot ko sa kanila ‘art’ niyo? Ibibili ko ng pako, semento para maitayo yung bahay ay ipambubura ko lang nito?” Moreno said.
“Masaya kayo diba? Art to eh, this is your art,” he added.
Moreno said that he would not waste his time having a dialog with the activist groups, saying that he needs to spend his time in something more important.
“What for? Para ano? Para ubusin ko ang oras imbes na bigyan ko ng atensiyon yung mahahalagang bagay na kakailanganin ng taong bayan? Pinakialaman ko ba sila sa karapatan nila? Hindi, malaya kayo sa Maynila, pero wala kayong karapatan babuyin kami,” said Moreno when asked if they’re going to have a meeting with activist groups.
The Mayor also criticized the professor for insisting that painting a wall to express their political beliefs is a form of art.
After that, Moreno urged the Filipinos not to believe the activist groups because they’re only using the unfortunate people to push their political goals.
“Mahihirap nating mga kababayan, binobola nila kayo, ginagamit lang [nila] kayo,” he said.
He then now realized why Singapore is very strict when it comes to enforcing the law.
“Kaya hindi ako magtataka, bakit sa Singapore kahit chewing gum pinagbabawal itapon sa kalye, mahirap pala talagang gawin,” he remarked.
On November 12, Mayor Isko Moreno expressed his disappointment over the ‘vandalism’ around Lagusnilad underpass which one of the infrastructures that renovated by his administration.
Panday Sining claimed the responsibility and apologized, however, they insisted that what they did is a form of art.
In an interview, Panday Sining said that they’re going to continue their ‘art protest’.