By Junex Doronio
September 19, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – Looks like it will be a five-cornered fight for the presidency in 2022 with the contenders namely Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Vice President Leni Robredo.
(TOP TO BOTTOM: Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Senator Ping Lacson, Vice President Leni Robredo, and former senator Bongbong Marcos)
On Sunday, September 19, Pacquiao finally announced his much-anticipated presidential bid at the national assembly of one PDP-Laban faction led by him and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.
The day before, on September 18, the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) endorsed Marcos as the party’s presidential candidate.
Reliable sources told Maharlika TV that on September 22, Wednesday, Domagoso – popularly known as Isko Moreno – will also formally announce his presidential bid under Aksyon Demokratiko.
Sources also bared that there were previous talks between Pacquiao and Moreno but neither of the two wanted to slide down to being a vice-presidential candidate.
Earlier, Robredo said she would support an “Isko-Pacquiao tandem” if it can defeat the administration bets for president and vice president.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has expressed his determination to run for vice president while his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she will no longer run for president but seek reelection as the chief local executive of the country’s largest city.
This development seemed like déjà vu as in 2004 negotiations between then opposition presidential candidates Lacson and Fernando Poe Jr. broke down as the senator from Cavite refused to slide down to being vice president bet.
On September 8, Lacson and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III officially launched their bid as president and vice president, respectively, for the 2022 national elections,
For her part, Robredo of the Liberal Party (LP) is giving herself up to October 8 to make her final decision if she will run for president or governor of Camarines Sur. (ai/mtvn)