By Quian Vencel Galut

PHOTO: Rappler

“What’s wrong with that?”

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso answers back about the controversy of being a sexy actor and doing sexy movies and photoshoots in his early showbiz career. 

“It’s just a plain and simple work,” this was the response of Domagoso during an interview with Toni Gonzaga about portraying sexy characters during his celebrity days.

“Without malice, as an actor, you know, you have to be professional. Kahit maghihilata ka sa kalsada or para kang hinuhulog sa building o ipapakain sa buwaya or susuntukin ng bida (Even if you have to lie down on the road or pretend like you’re falling off a building or being fed to a crocodile or will be punched by the main character), it doesn’t matter . . . you have to portray a character,” Domagoso pointed out about doing roles in sexy movies.

Isko was around 21 to 22 years old at the time he was doing it and the price is worth it to do such “body revealing” projects, he said.

“I mean, what’s wrong with that? Wala naman akong pinerwisyo na kapwa ko. Basta ako trabaho (I did not burden anyone. To me, it was just work),” he stressed.

Photos of Isko while wearing a bikini were first known after President Rodrigo Duterte threw shade upon the mayor and the said photos were spread on social media in early August. 

“Iyan ang gusto n’yo? Ang training parang call boy. Naghuhubad sa picture, naka-bikini, tapos y’ong garter tinatanggal niya (Is that what you like? Someone trained like a call boy? Taking off his clothes in the picture, wearing a bikini, then he’s removing the garter),” Duterte said during his public address last 9 August.

Many people pointed out that it was Domagoso who Duterte was referring to but the President did not name the local chief executive.

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said Domagoso’s sexy photos shouldn’t be an issue, after he went to the Manila mayor’s defense.

“What’s important is that Yorme NEVER LIED, DID NOT STEAL, KILL, nor did he ever bring shame to the great people of Manila as a public servant,” Remulla said.

Report source: Manila Bulletin