Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso  and Dr. Willie Ong on October 4 filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) for presidential and vice-presidential run respectively.

The 46-year-old Domagoso, who is serving his first term as mayor of the country’s capital city, and his running mate  will run under the banner of Aksyon Demokratiko.

“Today, we made history.  I hope it’s destiny,” said Domagoso as he and Ong filed their COC at the Harbor Garden Tent of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City. 

Domagoso  said he waited for this day to file his COC,  the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals after whom he was named.

The duo stressed they will be a “healing” tandem for the country that is divided by the pandemic and dirty politics.

“I will be with you to stop the divisiveness in the country. We are too divisive and indecisive. Give me the chance and let us heal the country,” said Domagoso. 

He noted their main focus would be the healing of the nation. “We will not focus on politics because that’s the reason why government help is delayed.”

Prior to serving as mayor, Domagoso was vice-mayor and served as councilor. He was also undersecretary of Social Welfare and Development for Luzon Affairs and chairperson of the Board of the North Luzon Railways Corporation under the Duterte administration.

Meanwhile, Ong was a consultant of the Department of Health during the Aquino administration. He is a cardiologist and internist.

Ong, who described himself as a “vlogger,” has 16 million followers on Facebook. He lost in the 2019 senatorial elections, placing 18th out of the 62 hopefuls.

Before going to the Comelec, Domagoso, his wife Dynee and Ong, with wife Dr. Liza, visitedthe Sto. Nino de Tondo Parish.

In his press conference, Domagoso thanked God and his parents Joaquin and Chayong — natives of Antique and Samar, respectively.

He also said, “I encourage our kababayan, ‘wag niyo kami paghiwalayin ni Willie. Pagod na kayo ng away. Boboto ng presidente, iba boboto ng bise presidente, lima anim na taon awayan ng awayan. One will be opposition, one will be administration, nakalimutan na ‘yung tao,” said Domagoso.

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