Erap eyes Isko Moreno as runningmate

Posted at 04/25/12 11:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former President Joseph Estrada is giving himself 2 weeks, or until May 12, to decide if he'll run for Manila mayor.

He, however, told ANC he already has a runningmate in mind -- incumbent Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.

Estrada said the country's capital needs a new leader.

"It's overtaken already by Quezon City, Makati, even Taguig. Manila is supposed to be the show-window of the philippines, but it's deteriorating. We should do something about it," he said.

"If I run and win as Manila mayor, I will speed up the issuance of business permits," he added.

For change to happen, Estrada said a changing of the guards may be necessary and for new blood to see the city's potential.

"Manila Mayor Lim is already 83, I'm only 75," he said.

"He has been there for so long, he has no more vision to develop Manila, some sort of an urban renewal, that will really change the image of Manila," Estrada said.

Meanwhile, he's holding his cards close to his chest for now.

"I haven't consulted UNA, Binay and Enrile on whether or not I should run for Manila mayor," he said.

Estrada said he will give way if a younger, more capable candidate surfaces.

Estrada also named some of the senatorial candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance.

They are incumbent Senators Francis Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda, and Koko Pimentel; San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito, Cagayan Rep. Jackie Enrile, and Joey de Venecia. - reports from ANC