Estrada concedes, asks supporters to rally behind Isko Moreno

Robie de Guzman   •   May 15, 2019   •   4373

Outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada | Courtesy : PVI-PRESS / Daniel Iglesias mylensitivity

MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has conceded his defeat to newly-elected mayor Franscisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

In a statement released late Tuesday, Estrada congratulated Domagoso on his win and promised to prepare for a smooth transition of government.

“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.

“I congratulate the new mayor and I wish him all the best for the good of the people of Manila,” he added.

Estrada lost to Domagoso by a wide margin in the Manila mayoral race. He received 210,605 votes against Domagoso’s 357,925, based on votes from 100 percent of election returns from clustered precincts.

He also expressed gratitude to those who helped and stood by him throughout the 50 years of his political career.

“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,” he said in a statement.

“I wish to thank all those who stood by me for the last 5 decades of my political life,” he added.

Estrada joined the political arena in 1969 while he was still a popular film actor. He ran and won as mayor of San Juan City and was succeeded by his sons Jinggoy and John Victor “JV” Ejercito, followed by JV’s mother, Guia Gomez, when he sought national positions. He first ran as senator in 1987, then vice president in 1992, and finally president in 1998.

He was ousted in 2001 over corruption charges and convicted of plunder in 2007. He was later pardoned and returned to politics to become Manila mayor in 2013.

But his years of foray in politics suddenly came to an end after his defeat against Moreno. The Estrada-Ejercito clan’s 50-year reign in San Juan was also cut off after his granddaughter, Janella, failed in her mayoral bid against former vice mayor Francis Zamora.

READ: End of an era? Estrada-Ejercito clan suffers crushing defeat in 2019 polls

Estrada also called on his supporters to rally behind the mayor-elect for the betterment of the city.

“I am calling all my supporters to rally behind the new leadership of the city,” he said.

“Hangad natin ang katagumpayan ng bagong liderato para sa kabutihan ng nakararami (We hope for the success of the new leadership for the welfare of the majority ,” he added.

He also said that he will leave the new leader with a city with no debt because he was able to clear it during his term.

“Taas-noo tayong lalabas ng city hall dahil nabayaran natin ang lahat ng pagkakautang na P4.4B na aking dinatnan noong 2013,” he said

(I will leave the city hall with head held high because we were able to pay the P4.4 billion debt that I inherited in 2013.)

“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,” he said.

(I inherited a bankrupt city. As my term comes to an end, I will leave a city with P14 billion fund due to good governance and careful spending of the people’s money)

He did not say whether he will retire once his term ends or plans to make a political comeback. He just said that “there’s always life after politics.”  

Mayor Isko warns to shut down Manila stores violating liquor ban

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Convenience and grocery stores in Manila that will sell alcoholic beverages amid the implementation of a liquor ban will be shut down, City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso warned.

Domagoso said the order prohibiting the sale and distribution of liquor will remain in place despite the city’s transition to general community quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also reminded business owners that the sale of alcoholic beverages is merely a privilege granted by the city government.

“Sa mga convenience store na nagtitinda ng alak, kapag nagtinda kayo ng alak na pansamantala naming pinagbabawal dahil yan ay pribilehiyo lang na ibinigay sa inyo at bina-violate ninyo ito, isasara po namin kayo,” Mayor Isko said.

The liquor ban is provided under Executive Order No. 18 issued by Domagoso in accordance with the President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 922 which declares the country under state of public health emergency due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Mayor Isko also appealed for the public’s understanding and urged them to use the government’s financial aid to buy basic necessities instead of liquor.

“Hindi natin kailangan ngayon yan. Ang kailangan natin pagkakaisa, payapa’t panatag na komunidad,” Mayor Isko said.

“Sana po maunawaan niyo po ako, tutal bisyo lang naman ito, ang hinihingi ko lang naman ay pansamantala. Itong mga salapi na ito na binibigay na ayuda eh yan po ay para meron kayong pambili ng pagkain,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Mayor Isko, pinabulaanan ang ulat na hard lockdown sa buong Maynila

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mariing pinabulaanan ni Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ang balitang isasailalim sa hard lockdown ang buong lungsod sa mga susunod na araw.

“Huwag po kayong magpapaniwala sa mga sabi-sabi na maglolockdown dito maglolockwon doon dahil kung mayroon man pong ganun ay ako po mismo ang mananawagan sa media,” ani Domagoso.

Ginawa ng alkalde ang paglilinaw kasunod ng mga ulat na ilalagay sa lockdown ang maraming barangay kasunod ng pamamahagi ng pinansiyal na ayuda mua sa lokal na pamahalaan.

Ayon kay Mayor Isko, dumadaan sa masusing pag-aaral bago mailagay sa hard lockdown ang isang lugar.

Kailangan ding may mataas na kaso ang isang barangay upang maikunsidera itong isailalim sa mas mahigpit na quarantine measure.

Sa pinakahuling ulat, aabot na sa 1,152 ang nag-positibo sa coronavirus sa lungsod ng Maynila. Tatlumpu’t tatlo rito ang bagong kaso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

More areas in Manila to undergo hard lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 28, 2020

More areas in the city of Manila will be placed under hard lockdown due to the rising cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Manila City government through the Special Mayor’s Action Reaction Team (SMART) is currently drafting the implementing rules to put District 1 of Tondo under hard lockdown, while the city council is finalizing the executive order for this purpose.

Based on the report of the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO), as of 5:00 p.m. on Monday (April 27) there are 94 confirmed COVID-19 cases in District 1 Tondo with 233 suspected cases.

The local government also reported that 33 barangays in District 1 faced challenges in the enforcement of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), noting the numerous violations in social distancing and curfew.

Other possible areas that may undergo hard lockdown include District 2 Tondo, Sta. Cruz, and Sta. Mesa. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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