Estrada gets Manila bid rolling with ‘Happy Easterada’

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Protesters turn into flagellants in front of Quiapo Church in Manila on Holy Wednesday to dramatize their opposition to flood control projects which they said would lead to the eviction of urban poor settlers starting mid-May. RICHARD A. REYES

Is Manila ready for a “Happy Easterada”?

With the campaign period for local candidates set to begin on Black Saturday, former President and now Manila mayoral candidate Joseph “Erap” Estrada is all business for his showdown with the incumbent Alfredo Lim, who is seeking a third and final term.

Estrada’s proclamation rally is set the following day at Liwasang Bonifacio, an event he called Happy Easterada.

But whether he would indeed be happy at the end of the race depends on how much the 75-year-old Estrada has left in his political fuel tank.

“Win or lose, this will be my last hurrah,” he told the Inquirer on Wednesday.

Estrada started out as San Juan mayor in 1969, became a Senator in 1987, Vice President in 1992 and then President in 1998. But this peak in his political career also saw his steepest downfall with his ouster from Malacañang on corruption charges in 2001. He was later convicted for plunder and pardoned by his successor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2007.

He ran for president again in 2010 but lost to then Sen. Benigno Aquino III. Estrada placed second in that race and finished ahead of early favorite Sen. Manuel Villar.

Though this comeback performance fell short, the Estrada camp still considered it a moral victory. “Remember that I basically had the same number of votes in 2010 and when I first ran (for President) in 1998,” he said.

In his view, Mr. Aquino owed his victory to the public sympathy over the death of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino, the year before the elections.

The votes he continued to get, he said, “all came from the poor. They never abandoned me.”

The former movie star said he is returning the favor by again running for public office, this time as mayor of what he maintained to be the city of his birth.

“Mamamatay at mabubuhay si Erap, ngunit hinding-hindi makakabayad sa mahihirap (Erap can come and go, but he can never do enough to repay the poor),” he said, mouthing an old campaign mantra.

On his upcoming contest with Lim, Estrada said he looks forward to a good, clean fight and admitted that their earlier verbal skirmishes in public debates had gone below the belt.

Estrada insisted that his ouster in 2001 is a thing of the past and that his new focus is the state of Manila during Lim’s six years in office.

Manila has become “madi-lim” (dark), he said, spicing things up with a pun. “It’s not hard to see how bad Manila’s condition has become. Just look around and tell me if what you see is good.”

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  • nes911

    Estrada is synonimous to corruption, plundering, smuggling, gambling, boozing, womanising, bluffing, lying, and noynoying.

  • Luthmar

    The nerve of this Erap. Your thing of the past can never be forgotten. You are a convicted plunderer and will forever be a convicted plunderer. Poor people know you as an actor, not a politician. There is nothing in your head but good time and will make hakot again. Yan ang last hirit ni Erap. What was siezed from him, when he got convicted, he must take back. Dear God, pls do not allow this good for nothing person to win.

  • les21reago

    Remember that I basically had the same number of votes in 2010 and when I first ran (for President) in 1998,” he said.

    To the Manilans Voters,,,eto ba ang gusto niyong maging MAYOR>>>kung di ba naman sa Tanda o kalasingan e ma e kompara mo ba ang BOTO mo noung 1998 at 2010…dito pa lang makita mo ang UTAK nang taong eto..at HAPPY na siya doun na pareho hinde na naisip na MADAMI ang botante sa 2010 at yun maraming nang AYAW sa kanya dahil siya ay NAHATULANG MANDARAMBONG.

  • akongednamzug

    Sabi ni Erap, “Just look around and tell me if what you see is good”. Sang-ayon ako kay Erap na what we see is not good, it’s really bad. Pero ipupusta ko lahat ng kayamanan ko na pag-nanalo si Erap it’s gonna be worse. Anumang klaseng ugali mayroon ang isang tao ay palala at hindi pabuti habang tumatanda.

  • Ph3n0M47

    WOW…this guy is incredible. Having already been caught with his hands in the cookie jar – what is even more incredible is that he will earn some votes. Fool me once, shame on me…Fool me TWICE? hmmm

  • Uragorn

    Why don’t you just die, Erap, and stop manipulating the poor? Of course “hinding-hindi ka makakabayad sa mahihirap” because in the first place wala ka naman talagang malasakit sa mahihirap na matagal mo nang inuuto. For the love of God and this country, please just disappear from the face of the earth!

  • isidro c. valencia

    Siguradong Estradaedor si Erap sa mga taga Maynila.

    Estradaedor na nga niya nga ang mga taga San Juan.
    Noong Presidente siya, Estradaedor nia ang mga Filpino, dahil nagnakaw siya ng malaking halaga.

    Ano ba ang plunder? Di ba pagnanakaw ng malaking halaga? He is a convicted plunderer.

  • mikerocky

    God help us Manilenos if Erap wins as Mayor. If it is now madi-lim, if he wins it will be business as usual in all manner of illegal activities which is Erap’s trademark. But I won’t begrudge those who would want to give Erap a second chance, everyone deserves the same. Let’s just be ready for whatever outcome this election brings to our city. The future truly belongs to us, let our votes count.

  • fernan107

    erap , tama sa paggamit sa mga mahihirap dahil wala ka naman nagawa para sa kanila…. mr. plunderer , ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS… KA INDO NAMAN

  • boybakal

    Estrada gets Manila bid rolling with ‘Happy Easterada’

    Agree….Happy Easterada….Tiyak Tirada na naman si Erap sa Manila pag nanalo.

    • nes911

      May malaking inuman daw pagkatapos ng rally. Happy days are here again sa mga kawatan kapag nanalo si erap sa pagka barangay captain.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Estrada is a rich man and he can retire comfortably while the poor people that supported him remained poor ever since. Now is the time for the poor people of Manila to ask for jobs from their fantasy idol who think he can help them. In reality, Estrada help himself to continously support his vices.
    These gullible Filipinos are forced to remain poor and ignorant. Filipinos will vote for those who can dance and sing and give them a quick meal of the day.

  • beerhunters

    Guiseppe Estradi di Bigote il mafioso di tutti mafiosi!
    Dirty Harry versus Filthy Bigote! Bring it on!!

  • catmanjohn

    Unfortunately, there are too many ignorant drunkards, petty thieves, short sighted losers, and brainless toads to make this clown’s threat a real danger. Let us hope that this will be Estrada’s last hurrah.

  • titolim

    naniwala ba kayo? baka barangay kapitan na naman ang sasalihan sa susunod na eleksyon, pahinga kana tatang wala kanamang kwentang politico.

  • Brax82

    No to Aquino or Estrada! Pare pareho silang mga mandarambong!!!

  • jr18496

    Estrada , Binay, Enrile will get re-elected/elected simply because of name recognition.

    Majority of Filipinos are simply to… dumb ..or maybe stupid ..easily fooled by these politicians. I think for the country to changed, those Filipinos who are in the upper income bracket should try their best to educate people so they would have an idea as to who deserve to be elected as their leader.

  • $14334231

    ESTRA(man)DA-rambong..should be his slogan…the older people who scraped a few centavos then to watch his movies are the ones that are still in awe of this plunderer….you try to educate them, but for a few pesos from this corrupt, womanizer and drunkard ex movie dog will still vote for this maniac….let their children, who knows more about what this man with a smirk smile today, educate them so we can all say; “the end and fall of the “STRATA” plunderer…….

  • Beguine

    For Erap’s Last Hurrah read Last Chance to Plunder and Manilenos shouldn’t be so easy to fool and deceive.

    If it’s a choice between 2 devils, Lim is definitely the lesser devil compared to Erap, who is the bona fide and convicted devil many times over!

  • floydb

    what a shame of Estrada using Easter to promote his name. In my opinion,. like what nes911 said, your name is synonimous to corruption, gambling, boozing and womanizing and not to anything related to EASTER. SHAME ON YOU JOSEPH ESTRADA, SHAME ON YOU. MAY MAYOR LIM WIN AGAIN. SHAME ON YOU JOSEPH ESTRADA.

  • Jeremiah Farol

    Please help ERAP wins., Tama na si Mayor LIM., diyos ko po., hindi na magampanan ng maayos ang pagiging mayor.,kung hindi may sakit at nasa ospital, nagpapagaling tapos OIC na walang alam ang nakaupo. Kung nakatira kayo sa Maynila., nakakahiya ikumpara ito sa ibang tabing mga lungsod. Capital pa man din tayo tapos ganto klase bulok at walang buhay na Maynila meron tayo. Hindi man lang maramdam ang pagbabago.

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