|Manila Mayor Isko Moreno will be running for the presidency for the upcoming election in 2022, together with Dr. Willie Ong. (Photo from One News PH)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA: Manila Mayor Isko Moreno will run for president in 2022 alongside Dr. Willie Ong, a doctor who has a large following on social media and who received more than 7.5 million votes in the 2019 elections for senator, PhilStar reported. Moreno will make the official announcement on September 22, but news of the planned tandem broke on Tuesday. "Yes, it's true. Isko-Doc Willie 2022," Julius Leonen, Manila City Public Information Officer, told reporters.
Moreno, who was elected head of the Aksyon Demokratiko party in August, had been rumored to be seeking higher office but also recently met with Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Manny Pacquiao on potential plans for 2022. "We're trying to reach out to each and every one. Ako naman mayroon ako taingang lagi na puwede makinig eh. I have ears to listen and there isn't anything wrong with listening," Moreno is quoted as saying in reports this week.
Pacquiao last Sunday accepted the nomination of his faction of the PDP-Laban party to be its presidential candidate. Robredo has yet to decide on her plans for the 2022 polls and has been saying that it would be better for the political opposition to back just one bet. Aside from Pacquiao and Moreno, only Sen. Panfilo Lacson has announced a run for the presidency.