Isko Moreno lashes out at vandals of Lagusnilad underpass

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 12) — Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso issued a warning to those behind the vandalism of walls of the Lagusnilad underpass, which the local government had earlier cleaned up.

"Huwag kayong pahuhuli sa akin. Sige, human rights... 'pag nahuli ko kayo, padidila ko sa inyo ‘to. Buburahin niyo ‘to ng dila niyo," an angry Moreno said, pointing to a video of the grafitti, in an interview with CNN Philippines on Tuesday.

[Translation: Don't let me catch you. Human rights... I will make you lick this. You will clean this using your tongue.]

"We are really trying to clean up and revive, making Manila... vibrant. We don't deserve this. The people of Manila don't deserve this," Moreno added.

Moreno lamented that it took 15 years before the local government was finally able to clean the underpass, making it more accessible and pleasing to commuters. The underpass was among the filthy areas that Moreno ordered cleaned after taking office in July.

Personnel from the Manila City Hall cleaned and re-painted the walls on Tuesday.

"Yung mga nagvavandalism, tignan niyo po yung underpass, vinandal ninyo, o ngayon pininturahan namin ulit. Ngayon, pera niyo na ‘yung ginastos namin," Moreno said.

[Translation: Those who vandalized, look at the underpass, we repainted it. We used your money.]

He added that if he were part of the national government, he would deny funds to protesters who would damage government property.

"The same money that you pay our government, we are going to use, ang gagawin ko sa mga raliyista na ‘to, 'yung pera na ibibigay ko sa inyo sa edukasyon, yon ang gagamitin ko para ipampintura ko ng dinumihan ninyong pader. O, magutom kayo lahat sa loob eskwelahan. Kung ako nasa national government, ‘yon ang gagawin ko. E kayo nagbababoy e, hindi po makatwiran 'yan e." Moreno said.

[Translation: The same money that you pay our government, we are going to use, what I will do to these rallyists, the money I was supposed to use for education, I will use to paint the walls you smeared.]

Moreno, an actor-turned-politician, has been praised for clearing the streets of Manila. Moreno has said he wants to serve Manila for three full terms, or nine years, to carry out his long-term plans on tourism, traffic and health.

CNN Philippines' Triciah Terada contributed to this report.