By Jeanne Michael Penaranda and Jo Erlinda Maufit
MANILA – Manila is in for another battle of actors in the 2022 elections.
In the 2019 elections, it was a fight between actor and then incumbent mayor Joseph Estrada, whose real name is Joseph Marcelo Ejercito, and actor and now Manila Mayor Francisco Moreno, who is better known for his actor’s name Isko Moreno.
That election saw the young Isko Moreno trouncing Estrada, a former president, vice president, senator and mayor, by landslide (over 100,000 votes) which was never before seen in the history of Manila elections.
In the same election, actor and former Manila Councilor Yul Servo, 44, whose real name is John Marvin Nieto, won as congressman of Manila’s third district. Before that he served for three terms as councilor.
Now, Congressman Servo will be facing another actor in the 2022 elections. His rival is Ramon “Raymond” Bagatsing, 54, whose grandfather, Ramon D. Bagatsing Sr., served as Congressman and then as a long-time and well-loved mayor of Manila.
The Servo-Bagatsing contest, however, is for the number two post of the city.
Observers said Congressman Servo has a big advantage in the vice mayoralty race because he is a candidate of Mayor Domagoso and their party Asenso Manileno in tandem with now Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, a professional doctor who is making history by becoming the first lady mayor and lady doctor mayor of the country’s capital.
Vice Mayor Lacuna, daughter of the late Manila Vice Mayor Danilo Lacuna, the mentor of Mayor Domagoso since he started as councilor.