AIM president Freddie Go and Aksyon Demokratiko national chair Ernest Ramel during the presscon at Max’s restaurant in Bacolor on Tuesday. Photo by Joann Manabat
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Aksyon Demokratiko national chair Ernest Ramel and Alliance for Isko Movement president Freddie Go, on Tuesday, highlighted their campaign strategy dubbed “Switch to Isko” in a press briefing held at Max’s restaurant in Bacolor.
Just two weeks away from the 2022 election, Ramel reiterated presidential candidate and Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer Isko Moreno Domagoso’s achievement as first term mayor of Manila despite the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ramel said Moreno’s focus to lead has always been through a solution-based approach.
“Bakit kailangan mag-switch to Isko? Dahil siya lamang ang bukod sa alam at naranasan ang mga nararanasan ng milyun-milyong Pilipino araw-araw. Siya din ang may napatunayan at pruweba na. Pinapangako palang ng lahat, si mayor Isko nagawa na – may pandemiya pa ito,” Ramel said.
Ramel cited Moreno’s housing projects in his city such as Basecommunity, Tondominium 1 and 2, Binondominum, the newly built Ospital ng Maynila as well as public schools and tourist attractions, the city’s clearing operations, free mass testing and medicines for Covid-19 among others.
Based on market research company Tangere, Ramel noted that the Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer leads the survey among the candidates who attended the presidential debate.
Per the same survey, 43 percent of the respondents were in favor of Domagoso and followed distantly by Vice President Leni Robredo at 25 percent. The poll also noted that those who selected Ferdinand Marcos Jr. did not watch the debate.
The independent poll which was done from April 4 to 6 with 2,400 total respondents also showed that Domagoso tops the second choice for president by four out of 10 Filipinos followed by Sen. Ping Lacson and Marcos Jr.
Go, for his part, said that the Switch to Isko has started where two Bus ni Isko and 204 registered vehicles roam across the country to give various campaign collaterals, house-to-house activities, and city caravans in order to raise awareness and intensify Domagoso’s campaign.
“In line with the Aksyon Isko, may Bus ni Isko. Dalawa yan, nag-umpisa sa Norte at isa sa Visayas- Mindanao. Ang ginagawa niyan, pag pumupunta sa mga local areas, may connection yan sa mga local groups, they go around, namimigay ng aprons sa wet market, nagpi-print ng tshirt, to raise awareness din. Hanggang katapusan na yan,” said Go.
Meanwhile, in response to the recent Easter press conference held at Manila Peninsula led by Domagoso together with Lacson and Norberto Gonzales, Ramel shared that the “withdraw Leni” stemmed from Robredo’s camp who initiated the “withdraw Isko.”
“Ito ay nanggaling, as early as the day after Robredo filed her certificate of candidacy, pina-trend ng kanyang kampo yung “withdraw Isko”, at hindi yan tumigil, relentless yan. He gave Robredo’s camp a dose of their own medicine,” he said. “Ngayon nasasaktan sila, naging gender card. Meron pa nga statement na they are gunning up on a defenseless woman. Malinaw naman ang kanyang mensahe, hindi siya (Domagoso) aatras.”
Ramel added that the Aksyon Demokratiko stands with their standard bearer on his message not to withdraw his candidacy.