'Not an opposition party per se': Aksyon Demokratiko supports Moreno’s endorsement of Duterte Senate bid

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) — Presidential aspirant Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s political party is backing him amid his recent controversial statement supporting President Rodrigo Duterte’s senatorial bid and eyeing his inclusion in their senatorial slate.

“We stand by with the pronouncement of our party president and standard bearer. Aksyon has taken a centrist and objective stand on many issues and is not an opposition party per se,” Aksyon Demokratiko chairperson Ernest Ramel said in a statement.

Ramel said the party believes there are certain policies of the current administration “worth continuing” while there are others that can be “improved, discontinued or rectified.”

The party official also added that Aksyon Demokratiko is open to working with anyone who supports their presidential bet’s Bilis Kilos programs.

Moreno said earlier this week that not only would he vote for the chief executive, he wants Duterte to be part of his senatorial bets as a guest candidate. 

Aksyon Demokratiko currently has three senatorial aspirants: Marawi civic leader and Otso Diretso senatorial slate guest candidate Samira Gutoc, educator and entrepreneur Carl Balita, and former PDP-Laban vice mayoral bet Jopet Sison.

Pero ang sabi ko nga, ayaw ko namang pangunahan si Pangulo or PDP-Laban, for that matter,” said Moreno in a radio interview.

[Translation: But like what I said, I don’t want to get ahead of the President or PDP-Laban, for that matter.]

Moreno was earlier at the receiving end of Duterte’s insults, particularly regarding his background in show business.