Moreno-Ong tandem to file COC on Oct. 4

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 30 2021 11:29 AM | Updated as of Sep 30 2021 06:18 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso and physician Willie Ong declare their candidacy for the 2022 presidential elections at the Baseco Community playground in Tondo, Manila on September 22, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso and physician Willie Ong declare their candidacy for the 2022 presidential elections at the Baseco Community playground in Tondo, Manila on September 22, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE)— Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso and social media personality Dr. Willie Ong will file their respective certificates of candidacy on Oct. 4, the doctor bared Thursday.

"Sabay kami magfi-file. May date na kami, may oras na... Oct. 4," Ong told Teleradyo.

(We will file [our COCs] together. We already have a date and time... [It's on] Oct. 4.]

The vice presidential aspirant, however, couldn't disclose if other members of their slate would also file their COCs.

"Ang alam ko lang is si Yorme at ako pero hindi ko alam kung sino pa 'yung ibang kasama," he said.

(All I know is it's only Yorme and I but I don't know about the others.)

Oct. 4 incidentally is the birthday of Moreno’s showbiz mentor German “Kuya Germs” Moreno. Asked if his preferred date of filing will also serve as a tribute to Kuya Germs, Moreno, in a text message replied: “Yes. Birthday niya 'yun (That is his birthday).”

Moreno’s campaign manager Lito Banayo meanwhile said Oct. 4 is a significant day because it is the feast of patron saint for the animals and nature, St Francis of Assisi.

“Originally ang balak niya (Moreno) was Oct. 1 para ipakita na determinado siya, unang araw ng filing magpa-file na siya. Kaya lang, may nakapagsabi sa kaniya na kaibigan niya gawin nang Oct. 4 kasi tukayo niya si St Francis of Assisi. I think kaya siya pinangalanan ng nanay niya na Francisco ay dahil din kay St. Francis. Hindi naman pamahiin kun'di wala namang masama na mabasbasan ka ng santo,” Banayo told ABS-CBN News.

(Originally, his plan was Oct. 1 so he can show he's determined to run, that on the first day of filing, he will file his COC. But a friend told him it should be on Oct. 4 because that is St. Francis of Assisi's feast day. I think his mother named him Francisco because of St. Francis. It's not superstition but it's also not bad to be blessed by a saint.)

Banayo said only a handful of people will accompany the Moreno-Ong tandem on their filing of COCs. 

Moreno will kick off his day of filing in their old house in Tondo, his hometown, before going to Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish to pray. Then he will proceed to Sofitel in Pasay City to formally file his COC.

His filing will be simple and without fanfare, according to Banayo. Moreno will also carry his favorite color blue as his political color, the campaign manager said.

On Sept. 22, Domagoso formally announced his bid for the presidency and introduced Ong as his running mate for the 2022 national elections.

Ong is expected to go against President Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier accepted the nomination from his party, the PDP-Laban Cusi-led wing.

Ong, also a vlogger, is expected to run a campaign focused on health services and platforms designed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Banayo said it will be a Moreno-Ong tandem until the end and that no new name will come in as a substitute candidate.

Veteran actress and Batangas 6th District Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto and her husband, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto earlier voiced their support for Moreno.

The Rectos will formally raise the hand of Moreno in Batangas, where the latter’s campaign activities will kick off. And next to the Rectos, Sen. Grace Poe endorsing Moreno too, Banayo said.

Moreno will also seek the support of movie queen Susan Roces, Poe's mother and the mayor's godmother.

“Si Sen. Grace ay magdedeklara rin ng suporta (Sen. Grace will declare her support),” Banayo said.

ABS-CBN News has yet to receive Poe’s statement on Banayo’s pronouncements.

— With a report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

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