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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno forbids his children from joining politics

by Nikko Tuazon
Nov 11, 2019
Mayor Isko Moreno and his wife Diana Lynn Ditan have five children—Vincent Patrick, 21, Frances Diane, 19, Joaquin Andre, 18, Franco, 13, and Drake, 7.
PHOTO/S: Courtesy of Batang Maynila Movement on Facebook

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has forbidden his children to join politics while he is in office.

The 45-year-old civil servant said, "I don't allow my children to be part of the government, not until nasa gobyerno ako.

"When I retire and they want to go to public service, they can go.

"But if I'm still in public office, they're not allowed because, let others lead their respective fields."

Mayor Isko and his wife Diana Lynn Ditan have five children—Vincent Patrick, 21, Frances Diane, 19, Joaquin Andre, 18, Franco, 13, and Drake, 7.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spoke to Manila mayor on Thursday, November 7, at the Esquire Philippines' Man At His Best 2019 awards night in Makati City.

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Mayor Isko had made it clear to his children he has no interest in building a political dynasty.

He explained to PEP.ph, "There's no monopoly of knowledge. While it is true that I believe na ang prutas, hindi bumabagsak na malayo sa kanyang puno, you shouldn't tell every member of the family to join public service all at the same time.

"Mahiya naman tayo. I hope sundin nila, 'cause I'm very strict about it. It's a non-negotiable thing to me."

ISKO MORENO: KIDS CAN JOIN SHOWBIZ

Meanwhile, his son, Joaquin Domagoso, is showing interest in becoming an actor.

Mayor Isko told PEP.ph, "He requested for the approval for him to be part of the entertainment industry.

"I said yes, but with the premise that he will continue to go to school and finish his education.

"So far, yun naman yung ginagawa niya and I'm happy 'cause I think he's maintaining his good grades. And I hope, he will continue to do that."

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Having known the world his son wants to get into, Mayor Isko has some reminders to Joaquin.

Foremost, "Lagi ko sinasabi sa kanya, 'You know, if there's one good thing about showbiz, it's that you're being paid to wait.'

"'So always remember, lagi kang maging professional. Mabuti nang ikaw ang naghihintay kesa ikaw ang hinihintay.'

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"That's what Kuya Germs told me kaya shine-share ko lang sa kanya yung lesson na yun."

Mayor Isko added, "Basta he has to focus on whatever he's doing kasi hindi naman puwedeng jack of all trade, kailangan mag-focus siya."

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Mayor Isko Moreno and his wife Diana Lynn Ditan have five children—Vincent Patrick, 21, Frances Diane, 19, Joaquin Andre, 18, Franco, 13, and Drake, 7.
PHOTO/S: Courtesy of Batang Maynila Movement on Facebook
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