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Isko Moreno cancels oath taking with Aksyon Demokratiko amid vaccine concerns in Manila

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's oath taking with Aksyon Demokratiko on Thursday afternoon will not push through amid vaccination concerns in the city, according to his camp.

"Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso decided to put off the Aksyon oath taking which was scheduled this afternoon," Moreno's camp said in a statement.

"The chaos in some NCR vaccine centers, especially in Manila this morning, requires utmost collective attention," he added.

Large crowds trooped to COVID-19 vaccination centers in the National Capital Region on Thursday, the eve of the reinforcement of the enhanced community quarantine.

Authorities had to cancel the administration of COVID-19 vaccine at a mall for the day pursuant to the mall management's request. 

Moreno was supposed to take his oath before Atty. Robbie Pierre Roco, son of party founder, the late Senator Raul Roco. Aksyon Demokratiko is also the party of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.

Ernest Ramel Jr., Aksyon Demokratiko secretary general, earlier said Moreno already left the National Unity Party.

In a letter dated August 4 addressed to NUP secretary general Representative Narciso Bravo, Moreno tendered his resignation as the party's vice chairman for political affairs and its member.

"I am very thankful to the party for giving me the chance to serve it the best way possible," Moreno said.

Meanwhile, Ramel said the vaccination issues have not weakened the resolve of either Moreno or Aksyon Demokratiko to push through with the oath taking even though it would be on a later date.

"Mayor Isko Moreno is scheduled to address Manileños about the City’s vaccination process. We will not preempt his announcement," Ramel said in a separate statement.

"Like Mayor Isko, Aksyon Demokratiko is committed to an honest and efficient government with only the welfare of the Filipino people in mind," he added.  —KBK, GMA News