Isko Moreno elected as new Aksyon Demokratiko president

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 12)— Manila Mayor Isko Moreno was elected as the new party president of Aksyon Demokratiko.

In a statement on Thursday, the political party confirmed that Moreno was elected during a general membership meeting on Tuesday night, which was attended by incumbent officers including co-founder Sonia Roco and Aksyon Executive Vice President and Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.

“Prior to his membership and eventual election as party president, Aksyon Demokratiko and Mayor Isko had a meeting of minds and hearts in many aspects,” the party noted.

“We saw in Yorme someone with a clean track record, tangible accomplishments, and a vision that the party shares," it said.

"We are confident that he will be able to help lead the party in its thrust to be a unifying force in an atmosphere of heavy political polarization,” it added.

Moreno, for his part, said it was an “honor” to be elected as the party’s leader.

Nagkaroon kami ng maraming pagpupulong bago nila ako tinanggap at masaya ako na maraming alignments sa nais naming isulong sa Asenso Manileno, ang aking napapabilangang lokal na partido,” Moreno said.

[Translation: We had many meetings before they accepted me and I’m happy that there are many alignments in our goals with Asenso Manileno, the local party I belong to.]

Earlier this month, Moreno moved to Aksyon Demokratiko — a party founded by the late senator Raul Roco — following his resignation from the National Unity Party where he served as vice chairman for political affairs.

While Moreno has yet to announce his plans for next year’s elections, Aksyon Demokratiko earlier told CNN Philippines that the party will support the Manila mayor should he pursue a presidential bid.