MANILA Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada would not win reelection if polls were held this month, according to latest surveys.
The survey, which was conducted and commissioned by a member of the Liberal Party (LP) who asked not to be identified, said Manila voters prefer Fifth District Representative Amado Bagatsing to occupy the city hall.
The survey said 32 percent of the 1,500 respondents favored Bagatsing, 24 percent would vote for former mayor Alfredo Lim while 22 percent would go for Estrada, and 8 percent sided with Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, while the remaining 14 percent are still “undecided.”
In an interview, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) College of Law Dean Gemy Lito Festin said it is not surprising [that]the three–Lim, Estrada, and Moreno–got lower ratings, adding that it could be attributed to the issues they are currently facing.
Among those issues are the unsolved poverty in the city, the controversial Torre de Manila condominium, the privatization of public markets, and the anti-poor policy in city-owned hospitals.
“It is quite normal to receive such reactions. The results of the survey convey that the residents of Manila are fed up, as they feel that the promises made by the former and the current administrations were just disregarded, if not broken. They are looking for a new candidate who can inspire them to hope, one who can address the needs of the city and its residents. And they faith that Congressman Amado Bagatsing can better deliver them,” Festin said.
Residents complained that Manila was left in shambles because of big debts incurred during the term of Lim, but it is during the term of Estrada that they [residents]were forced to go into debts and miseries.
“You can no longer fool the residents. The services they are looking [for]are found in the services of Congressman Bagatsing, who provides free hospitalization, free medicines, free laboratory, scholarships, and sports programs for the youth and livelihood even in his capacity as a district solon. He is seen as the leader who could propel Manila to new heights and regain the honor as the country’s premier city in progress and development,” said a city hall employee who asked not to be named for fear of repercussions.