Leaders of the oldest group of Filipino-Chinese businessmen in Manila pledged their support for the reelection bid of Mayor Joseph Estrada and expressed readiness to assist his program in reclaiming the lost glory of the capital city.
“I’m supporting Mayor Erap in his reelection bid as mayor of Manila. I am a follower, a loyalist, and my heart is for Erap,” said James Dy, president emeritus of the Filipino-Chinese General Chamber of Commerce Inc., during a meeting with Estrada at the auditorium of Chinese General Hospital in Sta. Cruz on Monday.
The occasion was also attended by Benito Goyokpin and Antonio Tan, the group’s current president and executive vice president, respectively.
The FCGCCI, established in 1904, is considered as the oldest Filipino-Chinese business organization in the country.
“Erap has been a very good friend of mine from way, way back. I knew him when he was still the longtime mayor of San Juan. I also lived in the same neighborhood in a subdivision in San Juan for so many years. My family has voted for him in all of the political positions he has run as candidate. In fact, I have supported him in all of his candidacies from mayor to senator to vice president and president and then as mayor of Manila,” Dy shared.
Dy is also the president of the Philippines Chinese Charitable Association Inc., the owner and operator of the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center, the Chinese Cemetery, Home for the Aged, CGH College of Nursing, Charity Pavilion, and the Free Clinic at the PCCA Building in Binondo.
Estrada, according to Dy, has been very productive and has done so much for the premier city including the wiping out of all of the city’s billion-peso debts including unpaid electricity and water bills which were left behind by the previous administration, and his implementation of many welfare programs for the indigents including free health care and free education.
Dy, a respected businessman and an awarded philanthropist, also drew comparison between his own experience in revitalizing the formerly decrepit facilities of the Chinese General Hospital and Mayor Estrada’s colossal task of rebuilding the bankrupt capital city.
He emphasized the need for everyone, the entire constituency of Manila and the private sector, to do their share toward the realization of Manila’s urban renewal.
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