Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is joining Aksyon Demokratiko, the political party of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, ahead of the 2022 elections.
Moreno was supposed to formalize his membership with Aksyon Demokratiko in an oath taking event on Thursday afternoon, but the party's secretary general Ernest Ramel Jr. said it had to be postponed to allow the mayor to address vaccination issues in his city.
Moreno's oathtaking will be rescheduled soon, Ramel told reportr.
The Manila mayor was set to take his oath before Aksyon Demokratiko national executive board member Robbie Pierre Roco, the son of the party's founder, former Sen. Raul Roco.
The oath-taking would most likely push through after the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila is lifted, Ramel said.
Prior to his impending membership with Aksyon Demokratiko, Moreno served as vice chairman for political affairs of the National Unity Party, one of the parties seeking alliance with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's Hugpong ng Pagbabago for the 2022 elections.
Moreno placed second to Duterte-Carpio in the list of preferred presidential candidates for the 2022 elections, according to the June 2021 survey of Pulse Asia. He has yet to formally announce his intention to run for president next year.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III earlier said that his party, the Nationalist People's Coalition, was finalizing its alliance with Aksyon Demokratiko, where his nephew Vico Sotto serves as executive vice president. Aksyon has yet to come up with a final decision about coalescing with NPC.
Sotto is running for vice president in the 2022 elections with Sen. Panfilo Lacson for president.