Honey Lacuna seeks to succeed Isko Moreno as Manila mayor

Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna will throw her hat in the 2022 mayoral race in the Philippine capital, she told Rappler on Wednesday, September 22.

Rappler earlier reported that two reliable sources also confirmed to Rappler on Tuesday, September 21 about Lacuna's plans for next year's polls.

The development came after incumbent Manila Mayor Isko Moreno confirmed to the press the same day that he would leave city hall to run for president in the 2022 national elections.

On Wednesday, Moreno endorsed Lacuna for the post during the launch of his Malacañang bid.

"Walang halong pagdududa ko kayong ipagkakatiwala kay Honey Lacuna, dahil alam ko po na kaya niyang ipagpatuloy ang mga bagay na nasimulan na natin sa lungsod ng Maynila at mamamayan nito," Moreno said.

(I have no doubt in my mind about handing over city hall to Honey Lacuna, because I am sure she will continue the reforms we started in Manila.)

Lacuna also confirmed to Rappler that Manila 3rd District Representative Yul Servo will run for the vice mayor post as her running mate.

Like Moreno, Lacuna knows the ins and outs of the Manila city government like the back of her hand.

Before she entered politics, the physician worked from 1995 to 2004 in the city health office. 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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, her expertise in the medical field proved to be advantageous, as she became the bridge between Moreno and the health directors of Manila.

If she wins the mayoral race in 2022, she would be the first female mayor of the Philippine capital in history. – with a report from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com