By Erma Edera
Outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito “Erap” Estrada has conceded to former Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso after losing in the capital city’s mayoral race on Tuesday night.
“By June 30, my 50 years in politics and public service will come to an end with sterling colors of honesty and genuine concerns for the poor,” Estrada said.
Estrada also thanked his supporters in the last five decades of his political life.
“There’s always life after politics,” he said.
He also wished Moreno all the best in leading Manila and asked his supporters to rally behind the new city mayor.
“The people of Manila have spoken. The new leadership of the city will be coming in and I will prepare the smooth turnover of the city government,” he said.
Estrada said he would leave city hall with a P14-billion fund as a result of his good governance and prudent use of public resources.
“Dinatnan ko ang lungsod na bangkarote. Sa pagtatapos ng aking termino, iiwanan ko ang lungsod na may P14 bilyong pondo bunga ng masinop na pamamahala at maingat na paggasta sa perang pag-aari ng mga mamamayan (The city was bankrupt when I took over. As my term ends, I will leave funds for the city worth P14 billion which came from disciplined leadership and mindful spending of the people’s money),” Estrada said.
On Tuesday night, Domagoso was proclaimed as the new mayor of Manila, dethroning Estrada with 357, 925 votes (56%).