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“Nakikita ko ang Maynila bilang capital city of the Philippines, nao-overtake na ng Makati, Quezon City, lahat ng mga karatig lungsod. Supposedly, yung Maynila ang show window ng ating bansa pero ano ang nangyayari? Mukhang nagdedetiriorate. Dapat siguro magkaroon ng vision ang alkalde diyan, magkaroon ng urban renewal, pagandahin ulit yung Maynila.” -Joseph Estrada, April 2012

It was June last year when someone first asked me if my father (not Lolo), Joseph Estrada was planning to run for mayor of the City of Manila. My honest answer to her was “I don’t know but there are people asking him to.” Apparently, it was already a hot topic in Manila back then. Now with only about five months left before the deadline for the filing of COC’s, the story has caught more attention and has taken a national scale. After all, it isn’t in every election that a former president of a country aspires to be a city’s mayor.

Unlike GMA

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Presidents, after their term, usually hang their gloves and probably head an NGO or write a book. I may be mistaken, but it’s “only in da Pilipins” where I’ve seen a president run for a lower government position when GMA ran for congresswoman in Pampanga. I remember being furious over her lust for power after already stealing the presidency “not once, but twice.” True, her Kabalens might have wanted her as their representative in Congress; in fact, she won. But many believe she ran either because a) she believed she and her cohorts could push for charter change and make her the country’s Prime Minister or b) she wanted to obtain congressional immunity that would spare her from being the most accused public official in history. Having been detained since last December, it was obviously a big and tragic slip-up on her part.

On the contrary, Estrada has nothing to run from. Even after he was removed from the presidency and before cases were filed against him, he didn’t even attempt to leave the country. GMA’s government offered Estrada to go to any country of his choice, take anything and everything he wanted with him, and no charges would be filed against him for as long as he resigns as president of the country in writing. Twice he was offered, twice he refused. If Estrada had the same thirst for power as GMA, he, as president, could’ve ordered the Presidential Security Guard to disperse the rallyists of the so-called “EDSA Dos” and just go on with his term in office. Many believe such an order would’ve been easy to carry out and many encouraged him to give it. But Estrada isn’t like GMA.

Indeed, it’s unusual for a former president to seek a mayoral post. I have some reservations about it myself. Personally, I think my father has nothing else to prove as a public servant and the fact that he placed second in the last presidential elections with almost 10 million votes proves that the Filipino people have vindicated him. But I’ve also come to realise that having been in public service for over 40 years, helping people and being around them is what motivates the 75-year-old man to get up every morning. It’s what makes him stronger. If only for that reason and knowing it ain’t for personal gain, then I’m 100% for it. If he decides to run, that is.

Estrada as an Atenean

Not a Manileño?

It is a well-known fact that Estrada lives in San Juan where he started his political career and served as mayor for 17 years. However, his connections to Manila are also undeniable. He was born in Tondo in 1937. He attended his elementary and secondary schooling at Ateneo de Manila University which was then located in the city before going to college at Mapúa Institute of Technology in Intramuros. Moreover, his father, Emilio Ejercito, became the city’s first sanitary engineer and held the position for 30 years. It is also because of these close ties to the city that Estrada has made it his vow to go back to Manila’s most depressed areas every year on his birthday to hand out goods.

Head-to-head

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Apart from the grave miscalculation that happened 2 years ago over the hostage crisis, I’m not familiar with politics in Manila so I can’t comment on how the current mayor is doing. But it’s not hard to observe that taken at face-value, Manila has been in decay for quite some time now and as the nation’s capital, it needs some sort of revitalisation.

Getting 33% of the votes in Manila last 2010 despite going up against the hype of PNoy and Villar who claims he’s also from Tondo, I think my father could put up a good fight. If ever he tosses his hat in the ring, I don’t think it will be an uphill battle for Estrada, but it looks like it’ll be a tight and interesting face-off between him and the incumbent Mayor Lim. “Asiong Salonga versus Dirty Harry,” as some have tagged it.

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Apart from the eternally sought-after endorsement of the Iglesia ni Cristo, it seems a lot could also depend on whom the very popular Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno supports. He ran in tandem with Lim in the last election, but how loyal is he to his mayor? Will Estrada be able to woo him over? Or will Moreno himself take a shot at the mayorship as well?

The person who asked me last June shot the same question at me yesterday, and in spite of the new developments I still gave her the exact same answer: “I don’t know but there are people asking him to.” But for those of us waiting to find out if Manila will be the final destination of Erap’s Jeep, we wouldn’t have to wait much longer because before he can run in Manila, he is required by law to reside in the city on or before May 13th of this year. So if and when a purchase of property is made within the next 2 weeks, it’ll then be up to us to read in between the lines.

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  1. Arnold Uy #
    April 28, 2012

    Nagpapanahon ang pagkatha ng blog na ito. May pinagsasaligan ang bawat punto at opinyon mula sa mga tunay na pangyayari. Ito’y naging matapat sa tunay na saloobin ng manunulat. Higit sa lahat, kapuri-puring isipin na tungkol man ito sa kanyang ama, hindi pa rin ito nagmistulang “biased”, bagkus ito’y tapat na naglilinaw sa mga pagdududa ng mga layunin At tunay na adhikain ni Erap at higit sa lahat, sumasalamin sa kanyang wagas na hangarin na makatulong sa mga Pilipino.

    Sa aking palagay, hindi akma ang naisulat na may “final destination” kuno sa jeep ni Erap. Patuloy itong aandar sapagkat sa mga nangyayari sa atin ngayon, ito’y nanatili at mananatiling nakaandar at pag-asa sa isip at puso ng bawat Pilipino.

    • April 28, 2012

      Maraming salamat! Writing this entry, I made it a point to keep my biases to the minimal-est extent and to base everything on facts. Salamat at napansin mo yun!

      Sana nga mahaba pa ang biyahe ng Jeep ni Erap, kahit saan man to magpunta!

  2. @charlessamfitzg #
    April 28, 2012

    Would definitely vote for erap as Mayor of Manila, time for Manila to have an Excellent leader.

  3. Lito rimando #
    April 28, 2012

    Sa tingin mas mapapaganda ni erap ang maynila kung sakaling sya ay tumakbo,nakita natin na ilang mayor na ang nagtangkang baguhin ang maynila pero ilang parte lang ng kamaynilaan ang nabago,ang mahalagang baguhin ay ang lugar kung saan andun talaga ang mga kababayan natin na mahihirap,yan ay ang tondo,ilang bahagi ng sta.mesa at ilan pang lugar na dapat pagtuunan ng pansin,at sa tingin ko kayang-kaya ni erap na baguhin ang imahe ng tondo/divisoria atbp,sa tulong na rin ng ating mga kababayan!gud luck po sa inyo,Mayor Erap Estrada!!

    • April 28, 2012

      Salamat sa suporta! Pero wait and see muna kung tatakbo siya!

  4. ronald #
    April 28, 2012

    ayus yan pre…… ERAP! ERAP! ERAP

  5. RD #
    April 28, 2012

    Bro…

    Erap have my vote even I am voter of Meycauayan.

    • April 28, 2012

      I went to Bulacan several times during the campaign in 2010 and I can attest that it’s remained supportive of our dad through and through. Thank you!

  6. rolando torqueza #
    April 28, 2012

    ang tunay na AMA ng MASANG pilipino…mabuhay po kayo PRES.ERAP im salute you sir sa patuloy na paglilingkod sa sambayanan at mahihirap na pilipino.MABUHAY!!!!!

  7. April 28, 2012

    Very informative Jake! When I get back to the country I hope I’ll see you and your Dad in the office. :)

  8. Japz Tacuyan #
    April 28, 2012

    interesting…. i really hope that he’ll run as Manila’s mayor. I live in San Juan but i study in a university in Manila City. As i see it, not to despise Manila City, but I’d rather consider San Juan, Makati or Quezon City as the country’s capital. No doubt, Erap’s gonna do a great job if he’ll be Manila City’s mayor. I’ll even help campaign for him in Manila even if i’m from San Juan if ever :)

    • June 21, 2012

      Wow, thanks a ton for your support! Hope to see you on the campaign trail then! :)

  9. Rhenz #
    April 28, 2012

    I wish President Erap to be the next mayor of Manila. This is the time to clean up the mess of current Manila leader. Let’s re-build Manila and be the next…if not, more than Makati and Quezon City….Mabuha ka Mr. President!

    • March 3, 2013

      Thanks for your support! Manila well deserves to be great again!

  10. Rodolfo C. Cayabyab #
    April 29, 2012

    Go Mr. Pres. Erap!
    Ikaw ang “Tamang Tao” saan mang
    sulok ng ating bansa.
    I pray your succes, we support you
    Mr. Pres Estrada Ejercito, we
    salute you and we love you!

  11. Noel #
    April 29, 2012

    Kung track record as Mayor ang pag uusapan, Erap has an excellent one. On the other hand, Mayor Lim also has a good record in serving Manileños even before he became Mayor. Sa nakikita ko, magandang laban nga ang “Asiong Salonga vs Dirty Harry”, and hopefully kung sino man ang matalo, nobody would shout and cry “Nadaya ako!” Hindi ako taga-Maynila, but I will surely look forward on this if ever the former President would run for the said office.

    • June 21, 2012

      It’ll be a good fight to watch out for indeed! May the best man for the job win!

  12. Dindo Arguelles #
    April 29, 2012

    Erap ! Erap ! Erap! … lang ang Ama ng Masa… Ang Ama ng Lungsod ng Maynila… President-Mayor Erap…. Go! Go! Go!

  13. May 1, 2012

    Hoping for the best! Pres. Erap is my inspiration being a young leader in San Juan. We will always support him all the way.:)

    • June 21, 2012

      Thanks, Dhave! I’m 100% sure our dad never forgets about San Juan!

  14. Sean #
    July 1, 2012

    Ayos to a. Didn’t know you wrote!!

  15. helena chan #
    August 21, 2012

    i’ve always been an erap fan as i grew up in san juan and your dad used to come to our house during our christmas parties. your dad and my late dad were friends.my dad passed away when your dad was still in tanay. anyhoo, nice to see that erap finally produced a son who writes for fun. lolz

    p.s. impressed by how you treated andi eigenmann during that time. you are truly erap’s son. :))

    • January 29, 2013

      wow, that means a lot! thanks a ton! :)

  16. Mel #
    May 19, 2013

    I think you are a very good writer but you said that Gloria has a lust for power because she ran for congress. How can differentiate her from your father who ran for President again last 2010.

    • May 20, 2013

      GMA ran for congress after “stealing the presidency not once, but twice.” My father ran for president again in 2010 not only because his term was cut short, but more so because there was a clamor for it. Hence, he finished second to PNoy despite all odds.

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