Isko Presidential bet Mayor Isko Moreno delivers his speech at Aksyon Demokratiko proclamation rally. Also in photo are his campaign manager and political strategist Lito Banayo and Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel, wife of Maguindanao Congressman Esmael Mangudadatu who is also supporting Moreno. Photo by Jerry S. Tan

Moreno welcomes ‘political orphans’

February 9, 2022 Itchie G. Cabayan 149 views

AKSYON Demokratiko presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno welcomed the support of the “political orphans” of Senator Bong Go and Duterte Supporters who switched their support to him (Moreno).

This, after Mayor Dennis Tom Hernandez on Wednesday formally switched his support to Moreno after he, along with other political leaders, were politically “orphaned” with Senator Go’s withdrawal from the presidential race.

Hernandez, who is running for his second term as mayor, has been an active supporter of Go and was able to make him win in this Southern Tagalog town in the 2019 senatorial race. The municipality of Rodriguez has 209,000 registered voters and is a new district of Rizal province.

On Wednesday, the second day of the 90-day campaign period for national posts, Moreno resumed his provincial sorties in Rizal province, visiting the towns of Rodriguez and San Mateo with his vice presidential candidate Doc Willie Ong and Aksyon senatorial bets Dr. Carl Balita, Samira Gutoc, and Atty. Jopet Sison.

Hernandez is among the several former supporters of Go who have transferred their support behind the candidacy of the Aksyon Demokratiko standard-bearer.

On Tuesday, officers and members of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC), a big volunteer group that propelled President Rodrigo Duterte during the 2016 elections, formally shifted their support behind Moreno’s presidential bid.

Earlier, known die-hard Duterte supporter actress Vivian Velez has also shifted her support to Moreno and is now actively mobilizing her group to campaign for the 47-year-old presidential candidate. Velez is currently president of the Film Academy of the Philippines.