Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has been called a traitor yet again after flirting with the idea of pairing up with vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
Moreno recently visited Mindanao to enlighten voters about his policies. During the trip, a campaign poster of him with Duterte was seen hanging on the pickup truck’s door Moreno was standing on, waving to the crowd.
Duterte is the vice-presidential bet of former senator Bongbong Marcos as Ong is to Moreno. People felt bad for Ong but weren’t surprised at the apparent betrayal by Moreno.
I’m sure Doc Willie Ong is now ✨dying inside✨ https://t.co/qn0TbnFRvh
— Tin Gamboa 🌻 (@suzy899) February 21, 2022
It's upsetting to see a good man like Doc Willie Ong treated so shabilly because of political ambition.. He deserves better.
— Darwin Cañete (@canete_darwin) February 21, 2022
Wag mong iboto yung PRESIDENTENG TUMATAKBO NA INIIWAN YUNG VP NIYA.
KUNG YUNG VP NIYA NGA DI NIYA PINIPILI, KAYO PA KAYA?
Kawawang Doc Willie Ong, iniwan ni Isko Moreno ouch
— Drave (@Drave36599229) February 21, 2022
I feel bad for doc willie ong😑
Isko trapo lang peg mo https://t.co/rZchh6N5Kv
— nakia (@clarkegriffin05) February 21, 2022
According to Rappler, Ong was advised not to attend Moreno’s trip to Maguindanao because the people there support Duterte.
nalulungkot ako for doc willie ong https://t.co/LXDtoqGz6D
— g (@harryskendalls) February 21, 2022
In retrospect, Moreno purposely turned his back on political allies such as former mayors Alfredo Lim and Erap Estrada, Lito Atienza, and his former political party to further his interests.
Huy traydor talaga tong si isko moreno noh? Nilaglag si doc willie ong nakakaloka
— kehlani misalucha #LeniKiko2022 (@ericckthegreat) February 21, 2022
ABS-CBN’s Kat Domingo previously sat down with Ong, and he admitted to feeling “hurt” when voters promoted the possible Moreno-Duterte tandem.
“Siyempre na-hurt ako. Masakit yun,” Ong told ABS-CBN News.
He copes by remaining focused on his goal to win the vice presidency.
“Hindi ko na iniisip. Parang bahala na yung tao. Wala naman akong kasalanan. I’ll just do it straight,”
“I’ll play it straight kasi yun ang hiningi sa akin ni Yorme so gusto ko ipakita sa inyo, sa lahat ng tao na loyal ako,” he said.
On his Facebook page, Ong then responded to people asking how he felt after the poster of Moreno and Duterte together went viral.
“Focus lang ako sa kailangan kong gawin eh’. Salamat kay Mayor Isko, pinili niya ako. Tuloy-tuloy tayo hanggang May 9. Walang atrasan to.”
Aksyon Demokratiko VP candidate @DocWillieOng releases fresh statement re: other VP bets being paired with presidential bet @IskoMoreno : “Focus lang ako… Eye on the ball lang tayo kasi kailangan ko manalo para maibigay ko yung tulong sa mga mahihirap.”
📹: Willie Ong FB page pic.twitter.com/4NZmcKwT0Y
— Kat Domingo (@_katrinadomingo) February 21, 2022
“Eye on the ball ako. Kailangan ko manalo kasi kailangan ko maibigay yung tulong sa mahihirap, sa gamutan, pagkain,” he said calmly.