Toni Talks with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. (Screenshot from Toni Talks on Youtube)

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says he will announce his run for the presidency “at the right time”.

In an interview with actress and host Toni Gonzaga on her Youtube series, Toni Talks, Moreno told Gonzaga that it is only natural for politicians to aim for the highest possible position or the presidency. However, he stated that he will make his 2022 plans evident when he deems it necessary.

“Lahat ng pulitiko, kapag sinawsaw ang paa sa pulitika, ang maximum goal niyan presidency. Career growth ‘yan, ha. The dangerous thing to do these coming months is to politicize the situation. There is a time for that. And I will be honest to the people, and be fair, at the very least, by saying it at the right time,” he said

Moreno also said he will let others express their intent to run for office first.

“Ngayon, mauna na kayo. Atat kayo, eh,” he said jokingly.

During the Youtube show, Gonzaga and Moreno talked about his humble beginnings as a garbage scavenger and his eventual showbiz career. Moreno was discovered in a home video when he attended the wake of a deceased neighbor and became a performer on the variety show, That’s Entertainment. Moreno had an extensive showbiz career before transitioning to politics. He began as a city councilor, then served as Manila’s vice mayor for nine years before being elected mayor in 2019.

Moreno stated that it was never his dream to become a politician. As a child, he dreamt of becoming a seaman to escape poverty. His lack of access to tertiary education hindered his dreams, but he said that he is grateful nonetheless for the way his life turned out.

“As I have said repeatedly, my only way [back then] to have a comfortable life was to become a seaman. Pero kailangan para maging seaman, kailangang mag-aral,” he said.