Lapulapu City – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, said he will vote for President Rodrigo Duterte for senator, and he is even willing to adopt the president as the fourth senatorial candidate of his Aksyon Demokratiko Party.

"I will personally vote for President Duterte for senator. And I will be grateful, honored, and humbled to have somebody like the president on our slate as an additional candidate for senator. And I think he is very much capable of doing the job as a legislator," Moreno said during an ambush interview here.

Moreno pointed out that Duterte is now considered an "orphan" since his presidential candidate, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go has already announced his intention to withdraw from the 2022 presidential elections.

Go, however, has yet to go to the Commission on Elections national office in Intramuros, Manila to formally submit his formal withdrawal as the presidential candidate of Pederalismo ng Dakilang Dakilang Samahan (PDDS).

"Kung dati, sinasabi kong tatlo lang ang senador ko kaya siyam na lang ang proproblemahin niyo, ngayon ang sasabihin ko, walo na lang ang pag-iisipan niyo dahil may pang-apat na kong kandidato, si Pangulong Duterte," Moreno said.

When asked by the media why he would want Duterte on his senatorial slate, Moreno explained that as president, Duterte had many accomplishments, foremost of which is the "Build, Build, Build" that saw not only many bridges and skyways built, but most importantly, it generated thousands of jobs even during the pandemic.

"Yung Clark airport, makikinabang diyan mga taga-Maynila din kasi gumawa din ng Malolos-Tutuban train. At pwedeng umabot sa Clark Airport ang mga taga-South dahil sa mga itinayong skyway. Ang dami talagang nagawa ng pangulo," said Moreno.

Moreno also praised President Duterte for initiating the three-day National Vaccination Drive which enlisted the services of vaccinators from cities like Manila that have already exceeded the target of 70 percent of their population.

"Let’s give credit where credit is due. President Duterte has so many accomplishments. And I believe that he can be an effective senator since through legislation, he can ensure that his legacy will institutionalized, " said Moreno.

Moreno, whose running mate is Dr. Willie Ong, had said he does not want to adopt senatorial candidates who are also guest candidates in the ticket of other presidential bets. He said he is only willing to adopt guest candidates under a single presidential candidate.

At present, Aksyon Demokratiko has three senatorial candidates: Samira Gutoc, a women’s rights advocate from Marawi City; Dr. Carl Balita, a registered nurse and midwife and an educator and Jopet Sison, a former Quezon City Councilor.

Aksyon Demokratiko, which is headed by Moreno as party president, is the first political party to formally ask President Duterte to be an adopted senatorial candidate.

"Ayoko namang pangunahan ang pangulo. Malaya naman siyang makapamili kung saan niya gustong sumama. Pero it is definitely an honor for me if the president will accept my invitation for him to be an adopted senatorial candidate of Aksyon Demokratiko," Moreno explained.

Moreno was in Lapulapu City as guest of honor during the flag raising ceremony in front of the City Hall. He was warmly welcomed by City Hall officials and employees led by Mayor Junard "Ahong" Chan, Vice Mayor Selci Sitoy and members of the City Council.

Thousands of urban poor re-settlers also came to see Moreno whom they considered one of them, as they knew he was also a former squatter, scavenger, and sidecar boy in Tondo, Manila.

After the flag ceremony and speeches by the two mayors, the program host egged the two local chief executives to do the Tik-Tok challenge, and both Chan and Moreno gamely displayed their dancing skills in front of a cheering crowd. (PR)