Don’t look now, but Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso is now joining the race for the presidency in the 2022 national elections.
Domagoso’s run was confirmed by his campaign manager and by the mayor himself when he disclosed that his running mate will be defeated senatorial candidate Dr. Willie Ong.
He will declare his presidential bid today, 22 September, from the BASECO Compound in Tondo, Manila.
The mayor has been tagged as one of the choices of the 1Sambayan opposition coalition for the top post in the land — another being Vice President Leni Robredo.
Before Tuesday’s declaration, Domagoso begged off from 1Sambayan’s nomination but was very visible in city cleanups and in breaking ground for housing projects.
A group of lawyers — the Convenors of Bedan Lawyers for Isko — backed his decision as “one who can completely address the nation’s woes.”
Domagoso defeated Manila mayor and former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada and former mayor Alfredo Lim in the 2019 elections.
Under him, Manila opened itself to vaccination and testing of non-residents, while providing for free expensive anti-Covid medicines Remdesivir and Tocilizumab.
Domagoso has had run-ins with President Rodrigo Duterte who criticized the long lines at Manila vaccination sites while harping on his past as a sexy actor-cum-model.
From roaming the streets of Tondo to make ends meet, Domagoso got his break first in the showbiz industry — becoming a matinee idol before shifting to more daring roles during the ‘90s.
His political career started in 1998 when he was elected as Manila councilor. He was 23 years old at that time and after serving three terms in this position, he was elected vice mayor in 2007.
Domagoso was re-elected in 2010 and 2013 as the capital’s vice mayor and in 2016, he ventured for a higher post — he ran for senator but lost his bid.