Rushing into presidency? Isko Moreno touts track record in public service

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — Presidential aspirant and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Thursday addressed criticisms on what others call as a "rushed" decision to seek the highest post.

"That's a good point, I respect that opinion," Moreno told CNN Philippines' The Source, just a day after formally declaring his presidential bid in 2022.

"But let me refresh your memory that I have been serving the city and the government for 23 years of my life," he said.

"I am 46 years old. Half of my life is dedicated to public service," he added.

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Moreno also reasoned that even Filipinos vouched for someone like former president Cory Aquino in the past, who was elected in 1986 despite having remained a "plain housewife" prior to her presidency.

"Remember, marami rin namang taong nahalal na by nature or destiny, in the likes of sumalangit nawa, si Tita Cory," he said.

[Translation: Remember, there are many people who sat in office by nature or destiny, in the likes of Tita Cory.]

"Kasi yun naman yung importante muna, yung tiwala sa iyo yung tao (because what really matters is that people trust you)," he said, noting that there are other politicians who also secured their posts despite having zero political experience.

Moreno started his political career as councilor of Manila's first district in 1998 before serving as vice mayor of the city in 2007 and 2013.

He also previously served as chairman of the board of the North Luzon Railways Corporation and as undersecretary for Luzon Affairs at the Department of Social Welfare and Development under the Duterte administration before getting elected as mayor in 2019.

Moreno will be the standard bearer of Aksyon Demokratiko Party, in tandem with Dr. Willie Ong, who is currently under the Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats Party.

Moreno will face Senators Ping Lacson and Manny Pacquiao in the upcoming elections, while Ong will battle it out with President Rodrigo Duterte and Senate President Tito Sotto in the May 2022 polls.

The official filing of candidacy for all elective positions is set from October 1 to 8.