If Robredo doesn't like Isko's stand, why did she push for a Moreno-Pacquiao tandem? - Aksyon Demokratiko

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 15) — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno felt "hurt" and "betrayed" by fellow presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo's reason for her sudden candidacy, after she initially pushed for him to run in tandem with Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the chairman of Aksyon Demokratiko revealed Friday.

Aksyon Demokratiko chairman Ernest Ramel told CNN Philippines' The Source on Friday that he understood where Moreno was coming from following his tirades against Robredo last week, after the latter said that his supposed pro-Marcos stance triggered her to run for the highest post.

"I understood where the mayor was coming from at the time. I was present during that event. I was also somehow privy to the unity talks with the Vice President...The Vice President was actually pushing for Mayor Isko to be running mate of Sen. Pacquiao," Ramel said.

"Suddenly she changed her tone more than a week after saying that the stance of Mayor Isko on Marcos made her want to run. We don't really understand where that is coming from. She supported Mayor Isko to run for president. If you do not like the stand of the presumed presidential candidate, why would you go out then and say, 'I will support you, I am pushing you to run for president'?" Ramel added. "I think that's where the hurt of Mayor Isko is coming from."

On Friday, October 8, Robredo said the stand of Moreno on the Marcos family was a trigger for her to file her certificate of candidacy for president. Moreno called Robredo a "fake leader with a fake color" following her remark.

Moreno previously said in an interview that he admired the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos "at some point" as a visionary, but that he is against abuses during martial law.

Ramel said Moreno is still pushing for the prosecution of the Marcoses over transgressions committed during martial law.

Robredo initially pursued unity talks among presidential aspirants but this eventually fell through. Now, Robredo will run in tandem with Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, going head-to-head with the tandems of Manny Pacquiao-Lito Atienza, Isko Moreno-Willie Ong, Bato dela Rosa-Bong Go, and Bongbong Marcos, who has yet to announce his running mate.