Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso is not against President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
The clarification came during Domagoso’s live update on Wednesday night after an alleged Viber conversation of Manila Public Information Officer Julius Leonen with unknown individuals was posted by Facebook user Expose Philippines at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Leonen allegedly confirmed that Manila will soon announce Domagoso’s 2022 presidential bid while supposedly hinting that the government had lost public support.
“For the record, this chat is fake, I never said those things, and that chat never existed,” Leonen said partly in Filipino.
He said the fake Viber account used his profile photo taken from his personal account with the obvious intent of discrediting him.
“I learned about it at about 3 p.m. when I started to receive chat messages. The post was deleted about one to two hours after I issued a statement,” Leonen said partly in Filipino.
Domagoso said it is his obligation to protect the interest of his constituents.
“The truth is, I am not against anyone. If you see that President Duterte sent help to Manila, I thank him. If VP Leni sends help, I also thank her,” he said partly in Filipino.
Domagoso advised Leonen to be more careful and reminded all Manila government workers not to meddle in politics and instead focus on serving city residents.