Aksyon Demokratiko open to have Isko as standard bearer; shuns talks with Duterte admin bets

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — The Aksyon Demokratiko Party will support its new member Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, should he pursue his presidential bid.

Aksyon Demokratiko Secretary General Ernest Ramel told CNN Philippines' The Source on Wednesday that Moreno will be their priority if he decides to seek the highest post in the land.

"Certainly. He is a party member. If he declares his intention to run and go for it, yeah, we will go for it," Ramel said.

He, however, acknowledged that the local chief executive still has not publicly declared whether he will gun for the presidency or the vice presidency.

Moreno was previously vice chairman for political affairs of the National Unity Party before joining the political party founded by the late senator Raul Roco.

"Our lines of communication are open with other presidential wannabes and we already talked to a couple of them," Ramel said, stressing the importance of a "broader alliance" with other 2022 political contenders.

The party also revealed that it is not "talking to anybody identified with the administration," but it already met with presidential and vice presidential aspirants Sen. Ping Lacson and Senate President Tito Sotto, as well as Vice President Leni Robredo, who is being floated as the standard bearer of the Liberal Party.

The party also intends to meet with Sen. Manny Pacquiao, who is seeking the presidency too.

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"Sabi ko nga (As I've said), when and if he decides he'd be the priority of the party, then again a broader alliance is very important and I'm going to say this categorically, we are also not talking to anybody identified with the administration," he said.

But he clarified that this does not equate to being part of the opposition.

Aksyon Demokratiko endorsed the opposition's senatorial slate Otso Diretso in 2019. None of the aspirants in the line-up won the elections.

Robredo previously told The Source that finding a common ground among political contenders is an important "obligation," as good governance plays a crucial role in the middle of a crisis.

"I repeatedly said this: I don't think the country can last another six years with this kind of governance," she said.