Francisco Domagoso, Mayor of Manila known as Isko Moreno, formalized his candidacy for the 2022 presidential elections in the Philippines on Monday by submitting a series of documents to the relevant authorities.
Moreno said he felt “nervous” despite having participated in numerous elections, but stressed that his decision to vote was because his aim was to “alleviate the suffering of Filipinos”.
“With all the problems we have, I need your help in order to have the opportunity to serve the country and all Filipinos around the world,” he said after presenting his candidacy for the May 9 elections, according to information from News portal Rappler.
He has assured that he will fight the “divisions” in the country if “he has the chance to heal the Philippines” in order to achieve a “better future”. The 46-year-old mayor is one of four favorites to replace current President Rodrigo Duterte, whose term of office ends in June 2022.
However, some polls give the victory to Duterte’s daughter Sara Duterte, mayor of the southern city of Davao, who registered as a presidential candidate on Saturday. In second place is Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Moreno has assured that he will try to face the narrative of an “imperial Manila” by trying to allay the concerns of Filipinos in the southern regions of the country.
Since the announcement of his presidential candidacy, Moreno has been described as a “unitary politician” trying to bring together positions that were largely created under the Duterte administration.