Ex-BCDA chief Vince Dizon joins Isko Moreno's 2022 campaign team

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 17) — The camp of presidential aspirant Isko Moreno said former Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) chief Vince Dizon joined his campaign team, but it was refuted by Malacañang.

Moreno's chief campaign strategist Lito Banayo on Wednesday said Dizon would act as deputy campaign manager and head of statistical research of their team. He also said he tapped Dizon to help run the campaign.

"Nagpaalam siya kay PRRD (President Rodrigo Duterte) nung mid-October, then flew to US with his family for a breather," Banayo added.

[Translation: He gave his notice to President Rodrigo Duterte in mid-October, then flew to the US with his family for a breather.]

Another source told CNN Philippines that Dizon "has been helping our communications efforts, particularly our branding and imaging."

Acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles on Thursday said Dizon continues to be part of the Cabinet as adviser for COVID-19 response despite resigning from the BCDA.

"Sec. Dizon is focused on the vaccination efforts of government, and not with any political campaign," Nograles said in a statement.

CNN Philippines sought comment from Dizon and his staff, but has yet to receive a reply.

If it is true that Dizon has shifted his alliance, he is the third former government official to join the Moreno campaign after former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority General Manager Tim Orbos and Banayo, who served as chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taiwan.