MANILA, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Manila City mayor Francisco Domagoso registered to run for the presidency of the Philippines on Monday, touting himself as a unifying candidate of humble beginnings who can heal an economic system and livelihoods broken by the pandemic.
Domagoso, 46, a former actor, is the second contestant to enroll in the May 2022 election to guide the Philippines for the subsequent six years, after newly retired boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. learn extra
“We are too divisive and indecisive that caused the stunting of our economy on top of the pandemic,” stated Domagoso, identified higher for his celeb display screen identify, Isko Moreno, after submitting his candidacy.
“Let us heal our country and together there will be better future for each and every one of us.”
Domagoso’s charisma and humble roots have made him common in Manila, however specialists say he might wrestle to win over voters in southern provinces.
He earlier led a flag-raising ceremony at Manila metropolis corridor and provided a prayer at a church in a neighborhood the place he grew up as a rubbish collector from town slums. Dozens greeted the mayor close to the submitting venue.
Domagoso was noticed by a expertise scout whereas attending a funeral and have become a matinee idol in a preferred selection present earlier than shifting to roles in additional mainstream movies.
He was elected Manila mayor in 2019. He ran unsuccessfully for senator in 2016, after 9 years as Manila’s vice mayor.
His working mate for the vice presidency – a separate contest – will likely be Willie Ong, a physician adopted on Facebook by 16 million customers, who faucet his free medical recommendation.
President Rodrigo Duterte on the weekend stated he would retire and never contest the vice presidency as earlier agreed, however his daughter, Sara, would run for president. learn extra