At the opening on Tuesday of the Manila 10th City Council, Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada challenged the 36 councilors to redouble their efforts in bringing services to their two million constituents.
“The story of the election is over, but the story of the next chapter of our service to the people of Manila is only just beginning,” he said.
“Our challenge remains the same for the next three years, and that is to deliver on our promise to restore Manila’s former glory,” said the former president who won by 2,000 votes against his closest rival, former mayor Alfredo Lim.
While Estrada’s group enjoy a majority in the city council, the mayor noted that he is aware that some of the new councilors belong to other political parties.
“But now that we are all here, there is only one side we should be on, and that is on the side of the people of Manila,” he said.
“Wala nang parti-partido, tapos na ang eleksiyon. Samahan ninyo ako, magkaisa tayo, magtulungan tayong lahat, sa paglilingkod sa ating mga kababayan dito sa Maynila (We are now beyond party lines. The elections are over. Let us work together in serving our constituents),” he pointed out in calling for unity among the members of the council.
The 10th Manila council is led by the city’s first woman vice mayor and Estrada’s running mate, Honey Lacuna.