Manila’s was one of the most ugly and bitterly fought local political fights in last week’s elections. Yet, the contest between incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim and former President Joseph Estrada ended elegantly after all.
Lim, who the Commission on Elections said lost to Estrada by 30,427 votes, promptly conceded defeat after the Comelec formally proclaimed his opponent the winner.
At the Manila City Hall’s Bulwagan on Wednesday, Mayor Lim accepted his loss to Mayor-elect Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada, whom he had served as a cabinet secretary for |the Interior and Local Governments. To the press, tearful Manila government employees and political ward leaders, the outgoing mayor read a prepared statement congratulating Mr. Estrada and Vice Mayor- elect Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
“Yesterday afternoon the Comelec proclaimed the election of President Erap Estrada and Vice Mayor Isko Domagoso. We respect and acknowledge the said proclamation and wish them all the best. We would like to thank our relatives, friends and the Manileños for their support, trust, and confidence in us. Thank you and God bless us all!” Lim said.
A Tribune report by Pat C. Santos that appeared on Tuesday says Mayor Lim had urged City Hall employees to give their full support to the newly elected administration of Mayor-elect Estrada and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.
At the flag ceremony, Mr. Lim is also reported to have “stressed [to the city hall employees]that as public servants, they are duty-bound to serve the public in the best way they can at all times, no matter who sits at the helm of the city administration.”
This are words that can only come from a true statesman.
Mayor Lim did good work during his years as mayor. He started and completed many good projects. Some of these good projects are pending completion. He also introduced good practices at Manila City Hall.
We hope Mayor-elect Erap Estrada will also prove to be a doer of good governance in the Republic’s capital by carrying through the Lim projects that are in the process of completion and by retaining the good practices Lim introduced at city hall.