Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said that he is running in next year’s national elections but did not specify the position he will run for.

Moreno said that for now, he would like to complete his obligation as Manila’s chief executive “to be fair” with his constituents, especially that the country is still battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am going to be fair with our people. I am going to be honest with our people. Magpapaalam ako sa kanila,” he said.

However, Moreno said that discussing his political ambitions while his constituents are facing the ongoing pandemic is inappropriate.

He also slammed some politicians who are pushing their political plans this early. 

“They would rather do their political shenanigans in the middle of this pandemic. I will not engage in that kind of situation,” he said.

He said that whatever position he may choose to run in next year “remains to be seen” but he assured reporters that he is “definitely” running.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said that President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned Moreno as one of the possible candidates to the presidency that the chief executive will endorse.

The others were Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, longtime Duterte aide Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Senator Manny Pacquiao and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., a known Duterte ally. Ronald Espartinez