MANILA Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso vowed to help the next administration as an ordinary citizen after conceding to leading presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
"To President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr., I wish you all the best. I assure you that my supporters and I — for as long as I can enlighten them — will cooperate with your administration and not engage in any attempt to sow chaos," the Aksyon Demokratiko stalwart said in Filipino and English.
"In a matter of a few days, I will be 'Citizen Isko,' not 'Yorme' (mayor). But our fight will continue against the real enemy, which is poverty. With all the problems that await the next leadership, we really need to be united," he added.
Domagoso appealed to Marcos' critics to respect the choice of the majority and accept the result of last Monday's polls.
"It's clear that the majority of our countrymen chose former senator and now President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr., as well as Vice President-elect Sara Duterte. I am extending my congratulations to the newly elected leaders of our country," he said.
Domagoso called on Filipinos to give the next administration a chance.
"For our country to be successful, we need to be united. Because, my countrymen, we are all on the same boat. One country," he added.
Domagoso earlier said he will spend his remaining days as Manila mayor at the city hall tending to the affairs of the country's capital, adding he was looking forward to devoting more time to his family.