Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso will run for president in 2022 with health advocate Dr. Willy Ong as his running mate.
It can be recalled that Domagoso was elected president of Aksyon Demokratiko last August. The party was founded by the late Senator Raul Roco.
Domagoso will declare his presidential bid on Wednesday (September 22) at the Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila.
The Manila mayor’s campaign manager Lito Banayo said Ong, who ran for senator in 2019 but lost, will be Domagoso’s running mate. However, Ong was able to second highest number of votes from overseas absentee voters in the race for a Senate seat in 2022.
Ernest Ramel, the party’s newly-elected chairperson, earlier said Domagoso boasts of a clean track record and tangible accomplishments.
“We saw in Yorme someone with a clean track record, tangible accomplishments, and a vision that the party shares,” Ramel said.
“We are confident that he will be able to help lead the party in its thrust to be a unifying force in an atmosphere of heavy political polarization,” Ramel added.
Domagoso earlier left the National Unity Organization, saying he wanted a political party that prioritised the welfare of the people.
Among the prominent officers of Aksyong Demokratik is Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, who is now its executive vice president.
“Prior to his membership and eventual election as party President, Aksyon Demokratiko and Mayor Isko had a meeting of minds and hearts in many aspects,” the party said in an earlier statement.