MAYOR Joseph “Erap” Estrada can proceed with his promise to return Manila to its old glory, having been proclaimed by the Board of Canvassers on Tuesday as the elected mayor of the capital city of the Philippines.
Estrada’s vice mayoralty candidate, Councilor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, was also proclaimed.
Estrada got 283,149 votes, while former Mayor Alfredo Lim received 280,464 votes, acco!rding to the final official tally released by the City Board of Canvassers.
Lacuna-Pangan got 268,969 votes.
Estrada’s defeated former mayor Alfredo Lim by less than 3,000 votes.
Nevertheless, the mayor was overwhelmed by his reelection.
“Hindi sapat ang simpleng pasasalamat lamang sa inyo, mga mahal kong kababayan. Sa halalang ito, ang tunay na nagtagumpay ay kayo at ang ating pinakamamahal na lungsod ng Maynila [It is not enough to simply express thanks to all of you my beloved fellow Manileños. In this election, the real winners are you and the city of Manila],” Estrada said.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Estrada and Lacuna-Pagan as the duly elected mayor and vice mayor, respectively, of Manila at the Rizal Sports Stadium past 12 noon.
Estrada claimed that his victory only showed that the Manileños have only proven that “they love themselves, their families, and their beloved city.”
He reiterated his promises to improve peace and order, solve massive poverty and end contractualization among the workers in Manila.