Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has been elected president of Aksyon Demokratiko, which earlier pledged support for him should he run for president in the 2022 elections, a party officer said Thursday.
The election took place in a general meeting on Tuesday night attended by its incumbent officers and members including its co-founder Sonia Roco, the widow of former Sen. Raul Roco, and the party's executive vice president Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.
According to Ernest Ramel Jr., who was elected party chairman, Aksyon Demokratiko and Moreno had a "meeting of minds and hearts" before the mayor joined and was eventually elected as its president.
"We agreed on the COVID-19 response then to providing jobs and livelihood at these times. We also agreed on the rule of law, focusing on education, housing, and health care. Aksyon is proud that Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso was elected Party President," said Ramel, who formerly served as the party's secretary general.
"We saw in Yorme someone with a clean track record, tangible accomplishments, and a vision that the party shares. 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," he added.
Moreno said he was honored to be part of Aksyon Demokratiko and be elected as its president.
"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," he said.
"Pangunahin dito ang pagsusulong sa MBN o minimum basic needs: pabahay, trabaho, pagkain, edukasyon at kalusugan para sa ating kababayan," he added.
Sotto retained his post as the party's executive vice president, while Concepcion, Tarlac Mayor Andres Lacson is the new vice chairperson. Manila City Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna was also elected vice president for internal affairs.
Moreno is among those reportedly running for president in the 2022 elections, although he has yet to make an announcement about his plans for the upcoming polls.
He placed second to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in the list of preferred presidential candidates for next year's elections, according to the June 2021 Pulse Asia survey.