By Hans Amancio
In hopes of making Manila a “great city” again, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has announced Tuesday that he will seek a third and final term in the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.
For his last term, the Manila mayor aspires to fulfill his promise to regain Manila’s lost glory and turn the “Pearl of the Orient” into a drug-free city.
“Nobody can change my inspiration, no one can divert me on my mission, on my dream in Manila. I had already laid down my program of government to regain the lost pride and glory of Manila,” Estrada said.
The Manila mayor said that various livelihood programs are being set up to help poor Manileños while several programs are set to be implemented to lure investors to put up businesses in the city, thus creating more job opportunities.
Estrada also appealed to the newly elected Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials to prioritize the eradication of drugs and criminality in Manila.
“Like what the president has been saying, they should be sincere to their position and go against drug and corruption. That’s it. Concentrate on their duties as barangay chairman. Always be conscious about drugs… because they know who the drug addicts are in their barangay,” Estrada said.
“Gusto ko na by the end of my last term sa 2022 ay drug-free na ang Maynila (I wish that before my last term in 2022 ends, Manila will already be drug-free).”