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Erap: Last hurrah in Manila

Former President Joseph Estrada saves his final salvo to boost Manila, banking on his experience as San Juan mayor for 17 years. “This is my last hurrah, I would like to spend the remaining years of my political career to serve and bring economic growth to the place where I was born,” he said. “My heart belongs to Manila and I would do my best to exceed the expectations of Manilenos.” At 76, he says he will be doing a political feat of a mayor becoming a president and mayor again today. “If I did it in San Juan, I can do it here in Manila,” he said, claiming the support of the religous bloc composed of Iglesia ni Cristo, El Shaddai, Jesus is Lord Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Baptist Ministries, Philippine Independent Church, and Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ 4th Watch, among others. Born in Tondo, Estrada knows how tough city life is inside and out. “The peace and order situation in San Juan was not that good,” he said, looking back to 1969 when he became town executive. He said investors wanted a stable place to do business which he has put in his must-do list for the country’s capital. Besides education, close to his heart are the homeless which prompted him to relocate some 1,800 squatter families out of San Juan to Taytay, Rizal, at no cost to the beneficiaries. Will he do the same to Manila folk? Estrada vowed in city-housing for informal settlers with access to schools, electricity, clean water and livelihood.
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