Isko to next PH president: 'Ang pwesto, hindi minamana'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) — Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso does not want someone to simply inherit the presidency during next year's polls.

Without naming names, Moreno on Friday told CNN Philippines' The Source that he will not personally vote for someone who will simply inherit his or her position from a family member during the 2022 national elections.

"Basta hindi ako boboto ng nagmamana lang ng pwesto," Moreno stressed. "Kasi ang pwesto hindi minamana, hindi nililipat-lipat."

[Translation: I will not vote for someone who would simply inherit a government post. It's because a government post is not inherited or merely passed on to another person.]

"Let democracy run its natural course," the mayor said. "That is a guarantee. I will not vote for it."

Malacañang on Thursday named President Rodrigo Duterte's supposed five choices for his successor in the 2022 elections, with Moreno on the list.

The four others are the President's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte; his former aide Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., and PDP-Laban partymate Sen. Manny Pacquiao, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Of these choices, only the younger Duterte and Marcos have had their fathers become President. However, both of them have not yet publicly declared whether they intend to follow their fathers' footsteps.

Mayor Duterte's siblings are also currently serving national and local posts: House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, who represents Davao City's 1st District; and Sebastian "Baste" Duterte, who serves as vice mayor of the city.

Marcos, on the other hand, is the son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and former Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos. His sister, Imee, has been serving as a senator since 2019.

Meanwhile, Moreno himself kept mum about his political plan for next year, noting that pandemic response in Manila remains his priority for now. He also thanked the President and the people for including him in their top presidential choices.

"Salamat at na-appreciate niyo yung pagsisikap ng aming paglingkod sa tao," he said. "I am grateful to those persons who think, ay pwede pala ako..."

[Translation: I thank those who appreciate what I have been doing to serve the people. I am grateful to those persons who think I am also capable.]

"But let me focus and do my job in the city of Manila first," he added.

Moreno also placed fourth in April's Pulse Asia survey on the top bet of Filipinos among probable presidential candidates. Mayor Duterte topped the list, followed by Marcos, Senator Grace Poe, with Pacquiao on the fifth spot.

READ: Sara Duterte again leads poll on preferred 2022 presidential bets