By Claire Morales True
MANILA — Manila Vice Mayor Sheilah Honey Lacuna-Pangan is seeking history to be the first lady mayor of Manila filing her certificate of candidacy for the post with her running-mate Manila 3rd District Rep. John Marvin Nieto.
Lacuna, who is doctor, is seeking to replace presidential aspirant Mayor Francisco Isko Moreno Domagoso. Lacuna and Nieto, who is popularly known by his actor name Yul Servo, are running under the banner of Asenso Manileño.
It was announced earlier that Manila Rep. Manny Lopez, son of the late Mayor Geminiano Mel Lopez, will be the candidate for mayor of the PDP-Laban.
Lacuna led the six district hospitals in the nation’s capital and the Manila Health Department (MHD) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Mga batang Maynila, samahan po ninyo ako. Gumawa po tayo ng kasaysayan sa Lungsod ng Maynila. Bigyan natin ang kapitolyo ng ating bansa ng isang pinuno na may puso ng isang ina, pagmamalasakit ng isang doktora,” Lacuna said in her speech after the filing.
She vowed to continue all the projects and programs initiated by Mayor Domagoso if she wins in the elections.
Lacuna also promised to further improve the health services in the city by building a “super health center” in every district of the city.
Before she entered politics, Lacuna worked as a resident physician of the Ospital ng Maynila from 1992 to 1995 and from 1995 to 2004 at the Manila Health Department. From 2004 to 2013, Lacuna served as a city councilor.
In 2016, she replicated a political milestone of her father – former vice mayor Danny Lacuna – after Honey became the number 2 of then-mayor Joseph Estrada in city hall.
In 2019, she changed allegiance, partnering with Moreno to secure reelection as vice mayor.