IF the elections were held this month, former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada will not be re¬elected as Manila mayor, according to the latest survey.
The survey commissioned by a member of the Liberal Party (LP) who asked not to be identified said Manila voters prefer Fifth District Rep. Amado Bagatsing as mayor.
The poll showed that 32 percent of the 1,500 respondents favored Bagatsing, 24 percent chose former mayor Alfredo Lim, 22 percent said they would go for Estrada, and eight percent sided with Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.
Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) College of Law Dean Gemy Lito Festin said it is not surprising that Lim, Estrada, and Moreno got lower ratings because of the issues they are currently facing. These issues include poverty in the city, the controversial Torre de Manila condominium, 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 have faith that Congressman Amado Bagatsing can better deliver them,” Festin said.
A City Hall employee said many Manilans want better services.
“Congressman Bagatsing 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,” she explained.