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Manila race:  Bagatsing challenges Estrada, Lim to physical exam

/ 08:36 AM February 03, 2016
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Manila’s fifth district congressman Amado Bagatsing, Former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines — Manila’s fifth district congressman Amado Bagatsing challenged his opponents in this year’s mayoral race to a fitness exam to see who among them would be “fit to lead the city.”

In a press conference on Tuesday, Bagatsing banked on his being the youngest in the three-way race to quell rumors that he was ill.

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Instead, Bagatsing, 68, dared Mayor Joseph Estrada, 78, and his predecessor Alfredo Lim, 86, to a fitness exam.

“Kung ano-anong gimmik ang pinalalabas nila (They’re resorting to all sorts of gimmick),” he said blaming the two politicians. “Malamang kinakabahan dahil malapit na eleksyon (They’re nervous as the election approaches).”

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“Kung gusto nila, hinahamon ko sila, sabay-sabay kaming mag ap test para malaman natin kung sino-sino talaga ang may sakit at para malaman natin kung sino talaga ang fit to lead the city (If they want, I challenge them to an ap test to determine who among us are sick and who among us is really fit to the lead the city),” he said.

Bagatsing, a three-term congressman, is a son of former Manila mayor Ramon Bagatsing. He is running with a promise to bring back Manila’s zest and to introduce a more business-friendly city.  SFM

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