AKSIYON Demokratiko presidential candidate Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso is set to meet political and local leaders in the vote-rich province of Batangas, among the first province to throw its full support in his bid for the presidency.
Mayor Isko and his vice presidential bet Dr. Willie Ong will be in Batangas Friday morning, October 15.
Joining them is Joseph Peter Sison, populalry known as Jopet Sison, former Quezon City chairman of the Liberal Party.
A lawyer by profession, the 56-year-old Sison has joined Aksyon Demokratiko and will be running as senator, replacing former Vice President Noli de Castro who has withdrawn his candidacy due to “personal reasons.”
Like De Castro, Sison worked for ABS-CBN as a co-host of the drama anthology Ipaglaban Mo!, where he and his father Jose Sison narrates the dramatization of actual cases in television.
Sison was a Quezon City councilor for six years, assistant general manager of the National Housing Authority (NHA) from 2001-2005 and president of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC) from 2006-2012.
Batangas, which is home to more than 1.7 million registered voters in 2019, started the trend of a growing and continuing strong support for Mayor Isko and his “Bilis Kilos” 10-Point Agenda for Governance.
Just moments after launching his presidential run, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto and House Deputy Speaker Vilma-Santos Recto announced their support for Moreno and his running mate, Dr. Willie Ong.
“Vilma and I, including our supporters in Batangas and coordinators nationwide, are supporting Mayor Isko and Doc Willie for president and Vice President, respectively,” Recto told media last September 22.
As stalwarts of the Nacionalista Party, Recto and his wife also heads the local political party One Batangas.
Five out six Batangas district representatives are members of One Batangas, including all of the 12 provincial board members and most of the province’s mayors, vice mayors and councilors.
Recto said One Batangas is supporting Mayor Isko because he has “the training, skills, experience and leadership to be an outstanding president.”
“He has shown this as mayor of Manila most specially during this pandemic. He is young, energetic and implements his programs quickly. In ‘Bilis Kilos’ fashion,” Recto said.
Also voicing his support for Moreno’s presidential bid is Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, a PDP-Laban member.