Isko Moreno willing to unite with Robredo, Lacson, Pacquiao to talk issues, not to win

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said he is willing to unite with fellow presidential aspirants Vice President Leni Robredo and senators Ping Lacson and Manny Pacquiao if it means discussing how to address the country's problems, instead of just how to win the elections. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said he is willing to unite with fellow presidential aspirants Vice President Leni Robredo and senators Panfilo Lacson and Manny Pacquiao if it means discussing how to address the country's problems, not just how to win the elections.

This comes amid speculations on Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte joining forces with presidential aspirant and former senator Bongbong Marcos.

"If we are going to unite on the issues at hand and challenges of our people, then I'm willing, but if we're going to unite just to win because they wanted to win, medyo hindi ako masyadong ano dun, eh (I'm not sure)," Moreno told CNN Philippines' Politics As Usual on Tuesday, when asked if he would unite Robredo, Lacson and Pacquiao.

"Kasi ang kailangan, 'yung pag-usapan natin, 'yung problema ng tao, eh," he added.

[Translation: Because what we need to talk about are the problems of the people.]

He also addressed his previous spat with Robredo's supporters, which erupted after he criticized the Vice President for mentioning that she's running for president partly because of Moreno's stance on the Marcos family.

"I have moved on," he said. "If they're offended, I'm no angel, but definitely, I'm not the devil. I'm just trying to stress some points."

Moreno reiterated that if elected, he will hold people accountable for their atrocities. He said this sentiment also applies to those behind alleged extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

"Let's pursue it if there is liability on anybody, that includes former president, whether the family benefited from it, whoever, especially 'yung what we call na nag-abuso sa pandemya (who took advantage of the pandemic), and the EJK," he said.

Moreno also rejected rumors branding him as a "Duterte candidate" or a secret presidential bet allied with the administration.

"That's a no, but definitely, I'm a president of a party, and I ran under my party," he said.