Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Friday slammed Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo over failure to create harmony within her party and motives for running in 2022.
Both Domagoso and Robredo are running for president in 2022.
This, as Domagoso quashed talks of a so-called united opposition, adding that he has every right to run for president and will not side with a candidate whose unifying skill is questionable.
In a statement on Friday, Domagoso also questioned Robredo’s real intent for seeking the country’s highest post.
“Is that the only reason why she is running? How about us Filipinos. We don’t have work. Many Filipinos do not have enough food to eat and are facing a bleak future. Marcos again?” Domagoso said in a statement in Filipino, referring to Robredo’s repeated pronouncements before she declared her candidacy that she will run for president to prevent Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. from winning.
Robredo has changed her campaign color to pink.
Domagoso said it is his right to run for president and democracy is not exclusive to anyone.
“Democracy is being practiced by the over 100 million Filipinos. You cannot talk of unity, you yourself, you cannot even unify yourself. You’re not even proud of your party. Oh my God, how can you? If you can drop your party, how much more us 110 million Filipinos?” Domagoso said in Filipino.
Domagoso expressed the same sentiments during an Aksyon Demokratiko oath-taking event at Mehan Garden, also on Friday.
In a previous interview, Domagoso said Marcos should still be given the chance to redeem himself and prove that he is different from his father.
The #withdrawisko hashtag has been trending online after Robredo filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) on Thursday.
On Friday, Aksyon Demokratiko chair Ernest Ramel said Domagoso will not withdraw from the presidential race.