Updated at 12:17 am Oct. 13, 2021
MANILA Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso will not back out from the presidential race, his camp declared on Tuesday amid an online clamor for him to drop out.
"Why would Isko withdraw? Clearly, he is the more winnable and as much qualified to lead us out of this pandemic and the bad economic condition we are in. It's high time that we all focus on the sad flight of the Filipinos and our country," Aksyon Demokratiko chairman Ernest Ramel said in a statement.
Domagoso's chief campaign strategist, Angelito Banayo, noted that the mayor's choice of Dr. Willlie Ong as his running mate is proof that he has a plan on how to steer the country toward recovery amid the pandemic.
The Domagoso-Ong tandem, he added, is anchored on the party's vision to have an administration that aims to heal "the wounds of divisiveness" and dealing with the "extreme crisis the country is facing" because of Covid-19.
"His resolve to run for the presidency on a platform of unity and transparent governance has reaped political goodwill from all sides of the political spectrum and various sectors of society," he stated.
Banayo pointed to Domagoso's 10-point agenda called "Bilis Kilos" which was mainly based on his many accomplishments as mayor of the nation's capital, including the construction of mass housing for the poor of Baseco, Tondo and Binondo; swift construction of a Covid-19 field hospital and a renovated Ospital ng Maynila; free antigen testing; free remdisivir and tocilizumab; and continuous delivery of boxes of assistance and food boxes to residents.
All these, he said, are examples of Domagoso's political will to alleviate the plight of Filipinos.
#WithdrawISko trended online almost immediately after Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo announced that she will join the presidential race next year.