Former congressman-turned Manila mayoralty candidate Amado Bagatsing on Friday vowed to prioritize expanding the city’s land and other property.
Bagatsing deplored the reported sale of some Manila assets such as the Divisoria Public Market, City College of Manila (Escolta), Harrison Plaza, and Quiricada Fire Station under the administration of Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso.
Citing data by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Bagatsing said the Manila government under Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, has already disposed of assets worth P44 billion in 2022.
Latest survey showed that Bagatsing was gaining more points than the frontrunner Lacuna, indicating that the former has a bigger possibility to win the mayoralty race.
According to a research of Maharlika TV, incumbent Lacuna still leads with 45.66%, while Bagatsing is fast catching up with 37.08% or only 8.5% away from Lacuna.
Compared to the previous January 2022 research, Lacuna lost 16.33%, while Bagatsing gained 11.78.
Bagatsing said he would offer a new “brand of leadership” which he aims to push for “comfortable living; economic growth, tourism and more for the Manilenos.”
“I am happy to announce that more barangay captains and kagawads are expressing their support to my candidacy,” Bagatsing said.
He presented the KABAKA (Kalusugan, Bahay, Kabuhayan) program, ostensibly his flagship project, since he started serving the people of Manila.
This would focus on ensuring healthcare services for the Manileno, especially during the time of pandemic.