Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has no plans of sliding down as a vice presidential candidate under the United Opposition ticket.
According to Moreno he will remain a presidentiable in next year’s national and local elections.
“Ayoko ng tsubi-tsubibong buhay. Kaya tayo nagkakandaloko-loko dahil sa flip- flopping (I don’t want a merry-go-round kind of life. That is why we often get into trouble because of flip-flopping),” said Moreno when asked if he will have a change of heart and eventually convinced to run as vice president.
“We are in a pandemic and people need decisiveness. Our lives get more challenging because of that kind of character (of being indecisive),” Moreno said.
He strongly confirmed that he is satisfied with Doctor Willie Ong as his running mate.
“I am happy and grateful to Dr. Willie, that he said yes [to be my running mate],” assured Moreno when asked if he will agree to teaming up with Senator Grace Poe as VP.
“As far as I know, there is no such thing. I’m happy with Doc Willie. I am very excited, honored being with him. There’s no need to replace Doc Willie,” Moreno added.
The former teen heartthrob bared that he is still doing talks with several party where he said he can work with anybody else, any party, any gender as long as it is will unite us all and work on this pandemic times.
He even said he can work with President Duterte if he wins but prefer Dr. Willie Ong to be on his side in his goal to save people and cure them, pointing out that he needs a medical professional, not a politician.
KBL endorses BBM
As this developed, the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), the political party founded by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, has nominated Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as its standard-bearer in the upcoming national elections.
In a video message, Marcos said it is such an honor that KBL recognizes his ability to lead the country.
Marcos assured that he would not waste the trust given him by the party but did not directly mention whether he is accepting the nomination.
Prior to that, the KBL approved a resolution urging the former senator to run for president during the party’s convention at the Thunderbird Resort and Casino in Binangonan, Rizal province.
Aside from Marcos, the party has also approved a resolution endorsing the senatorial bid of lawyer Larry Gadon.
The song “Bagong Lipunan” which was known as the political jingle during the time of the former president was also played during the party’s national convention.
Not giving up
Meanwhile, Bayan Muna partylist chairperson and senatorial aspirant Neri Colmenares is not giving up on the opportunity to forge a “united opposition” that will field a common candidate in the 2022 national elections.
“I am making a personal appeal to my former colleagues in Congress, Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Manny Pacquiao, as well as my party mate during the 2016 elections, (Manila) Mayor Isko Moreno, to continue the efforts at a united opposition slate for the 2022 elections,” Colmenares said in a statement released to media on Friday.
The former lawmaker called on Robredo, Pacquiao, and Moreno to thwart the possible tandem of former Senator Bongbong Marcos and President Rodrigo Duterte for the upcoming polls.
“While the Duterte camp appears to be breaking up into pieces, they can easily band together under a Marcos-Duterte or Duterte-Marcos tandem. United opposition will be key to ending Duterte’s reign of tyranny, incompetence, and corruption,” Colmenares stressed.
He appealed to his fellow oppositionists to join forces to prevent Duterte and Marcos from being reelected next year.
“It is important that you agree to unite in order to work together to overcome the pandemic and the economic crisis it has exacerbated. And how we can support our medical frontliners and help those who have lost their livelihoods,” he said.
with Michelle Guillang and Neil Alcober