MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno filed his Certificate of Candidacy for President at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City, along with his running-mate, Dr. Willie Ong who filed his candidacy for VP, at 11:34 a.m. on Monday, 4 October
Moreno arrived at the tent before Ong after both of them visiting Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish early in the day.
According to Moreno’s campaign team, they decided to file their COCs on October 4 because it is the Feast of St. Francis de Assisi and the birthday of the late German Moreno, whom Domagoso considers his mentor.
During the press conference, the Manila Mayor said that he wants to be a “healing” president which is also why he thought it best to partner with Dr. Willie Ong. He also reiterated that he is willing to work with anyone but hopes that the Filipino citizens would also vote for his partner, Dr. Willie Ong “so that portion of our obligation, will be dedicated to our economic challenges. These things, at least kahit papano, mabibigyan ng sapat na oras dahil meron akong doctor na katulong sa pagtugon sa pandemya.”
Minutes after Moreno and Ong announced their candidacy, they trended on twitter.
“I will form the broadest form of government with the best and brightest at its helm,” he promised during his speech. “[I will not just appoint people] from the City of Manila, one party, one faction, one profession, tribe or age group.”