Isko Moreno running for President in 2022 with Willie Ong as VP

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is set to announce on Wednesday his bid for the presidency in the 2022 national elections, two highly placed sources confirmed to CNN Philippines. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21) — Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso will be running for president in next year's elections, Manila Public Information Office chief Julius Leonen told CNN Philippines.

He will be running alongside health advocate and former senatorial aspirant Dr. Willie Ong. The two are set to make a formal announcement on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Moreno said in a post that in the meantime, the local government will continue to fulfill its duties.

"Tuloy ang gobyerno [Governance will continue]. We're still here. I'm going to have to do what I have to do as the Mayor," he said in a Facebook post with a photo of a virtual meeting with his staff.

Moreno, who unseated Manila mayor and former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada in the 2019 elections, has since gained favor from some groups for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as his efforts to clean up the capital city.

He was earlier identified as one of the possible presidential candidates eyed by opposition coalition 1Sambayan. He was also included in President Rodrigo Duterte's list of preferred successors back in June.

In an April survey, the mayor also placed fourth among Filipinos' top bets among probable candidates. Moreno earlier floated that should he run for the top post, it would not be based on an endorsement by any group but on his personal belief in his capacity to govern the country.

Based on surveys, political analyst Edmund Tayao said Moreno has a "good chance" in the upcoming polls.

"I am inclined to think that the race would be neck and neck [between] leading presidential [contenders] at least as far as the surveys are concerned," he told CNN Philippines' The Final Word.

As for Ong, Tayao said although the former senatorial bet managed to "finish respectably" in the midterm elections despite his failed run, the public will still need convincing.

"I am inclined to think that the name of the game in the coming elections would be for anyone or someone who will be able to convince the public that he is offering something new to the country," added Tayao.

Out of 62 senatorial candidates, Ong ranked 18th in 2019 polls