MANILA - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno could not help but embrace his former boss Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade when they reunited Thursday.
Moreno, a former Manila vice mayor, was appointed chief executive officer and board member of the North Luzon Railways Corp in July 2017, which is an attached agency of the Department of Transportation.
He resigned from his post in October 2017, citing personal reasons.
During a press conference, Tugade praised Moreno for doing a good job, adding that he has the support of the Duterte administration.
"Bumulong ako sa kanya at sinabi ko: 'Boss, wag kang bibitaw. Nandirito kami at nandirito ang pamahalaang Duterte, nandirito ang Kagawaran ng Transportasyon. Wag kang bibitaw,'" he told reporters.
Moreno has won praise for his cleanup drive in Manila, including removing street vendors in various areas in the capital.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., meanwhile, praised both Tugade and Moreno as "two good men in public service."
"Two good men in the public service. I hope Tugade and then Isko become presidents of our country. When I go to the great buffalo plain in the sky I want to know my country will be in good hands, one after the other," he said in a tweet.
--With a report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News