Erap: Destiny to be Manila mayor

Posted at 08/09/11 11:18 PM

Former President Joseph Estrada on ANC's Strictly Politics.

MANILA, Philippines - Former President Joseph Estrada said on Tuesday it would be destiny if he is elected as Manila mayor.

Estrada told ANC's "Strictly Politics" that he is considering running for the city mayoral post in the next local election.

"I'm thinking about it. I started as a mayor, I end up as a mayor, that's destiny," he said.

Estrada was mayor of San Juan and later became a senator, a vice-president, and president before he was ousted in an uprising and replaced by now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"I was born in Tondo," the movie actor-turned-politician said.

He added that he has a property in Sta. Mesa, Manila. He said it was the first land he bought after appearing as Asiong Salonga in a movie.

Asked directly by "Strictly Politics" host Pia Hontiveros if he is keen on running for Manila mayor in 2013, Estrada cracked a joke.

"Kahit matanda ako, marami pa ring nanliligaw sa akin (laughs). Joke lang ha!"

Arroyo and poll cheating

Estrada, meanwhile, believes that his archrival Arroyo cheated in the 2004 presidential elections.

"Of course, 101% she cheated," he said.

"The military people like Gen. Gudani, Gen. Balutan who testified; the videotape (of the Batasan break-in); and even Rafael Santiago ... what else? It's very clear," he said.

Estrada said whistleblowers must help President Benigno Aquino III "find out the truth" about poll cheating in the past elections.

"I had lunch with Gen. Gudani, Sandra Cam, other whistleblowers a few days ago. I encouraged them not to be afraid now."

Estrada also had a message for Arroyo. "I hope she prays hard and God will listen to her so she will come out and tell the truth," he said.