Isko Moreno to run for president in 2022; Willie Ong will be his VP

Mayor Isko Moreno will run for president in 2022, his campaign manage Lito Banayo confirmed.

The mayor will officially declare his presidential bid tomorrow, September 22, at the BASECO Compound in Tondo, Manila.

According to sources, his mate would be Willie Ong, a known doctor and public health advocate. He ran for senator in 2019 but lost. However, he got the second-highest number of votes from Filipinos overseas.

Francisco Moreno Domagoso, also known by his screen name Isko Moreno, is a Filipino politician and actor serving as the 22nd mayor of Manila since 2019. Before becoming mayor, he served as a former three-term councilor of the city’s first legislative district from 1998 to 2007, Vice Mayor of Manila from 2007 to 2016, Chairman of North Luzon Railways Corporation from July 2017 to October 2017 and more recently as Undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for Luzon Affairs from May 2018 to October 2018.

Isko Moreno to run for president in 2022; Willie Ong will be his VP

As an actor, Moreno gained fame as a matinee idol due to his boyish features. As mayor, he is noted for his stance on law and order similar to his predecessor Alfredo Lim, and brash demeanor and streetwise public image due to his use of colorful language coupled with Manila street slang. As a result, he is referred to as Yorme, a metathesis of the Filipino-language word meyor (mayor) that has been in existence as a street slang.

On February 16, 2013, Isko Moreno and other five councilors were arrested by the police due to alleged bingo operations held in a public place. Moreno denied the bingo game was in a public place in Santa Cruz, Manila and believed that then-Mayor Lim was involved in his arrest and that the bingo game was not illegal. The day before, Lim and Estrada signed a “Peace Covenant” to prevent any -related violence in the City of Manila.

Moreno currently serves as the mayor of Manila, beginning his tenure in 2019. In the local elections, he garnered more than 50% of the votes, defeating former Mayors Estrada and Lim.

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