The Philippines: Manila’s Isko Moreno to seek Malacañang in 2022

  • 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.
  • Moreno will make the official announcement on 22 Sep 21, but news of the planned tandem broke on the evening of 21 Sep 21.
  • Moreno, who was elected head of the Aksyon Demokratiko party in Aug 21, 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.
  • Pacquiao on 19 Sep 21 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 with Senate President Vicente Sotto III as his running mate.
  • Moreno, whom Duterte had criticized in his late-night taped addresses, hit back earlier, saying the national government has not been responsive to input on pandemic response.
  • He said then that the insistence on requiring face shields when people need medicine make Duterte’s officials seem like they “are living in Disneyland.”

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