Presidential candidate Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and vice-presidential bid Dr. Willie Ong is a tandem that’s “cast in stone”.
Lito Banayo, campaign manager for Moreno, said this recently. This is in light of assumptions that Moreno and Vice President Leni Robredo could join forces.
Banayo says that Moreno is not interested in becoming vice president. “I was privy to some of the talks with … Robredo. We appreciate very much the fact that she’s sincere in uniting the opposition. We respect her for that.”
During an interview on OneNews/TV5, Banayo also emphasized that the presidency is all that matters to Isko. “[We] made it very clear when she was trying to get Sen. Pacquiao and Mayor Isko Moreno to sit together.”
Questions of Robredo as his running mate led him to respond that the “opportunity seems to have passed since we cannot just drop Doc Willie Ong”. They find that it’s a solid tandem that can best address the pandemic.
It has been clear from the start, he added, that the candidacy of Moreno is “cast in stone and in fact it has been more so when he decided to take in Doc Willie Ong” as his vice president.
However, there are still a number of things that can be negotiated. This includes the Moreno-Ong ticket’s senatorial candidates. “Maybe we can talk about it… We have a few but that’s about it,” all 12 positions are currently available at the moment. “Worse comes to worst, we are willing to go to the field with four or five or six (candidates).”
According to Banayo, it’s still possible for Robredo and Moreno to talk.
“I wouldn’t want to be the person to close the door,” he said. “That is not my job. It’s up to them.” The vice president can be very persuasive, he explained.
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