Estrada picks Poe, Marcos

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ERAP ANNOUNCES HIS CHOICES Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada raises the hands of his bets – Senators Grace Poe and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. – during his proclamation rally at Liwasang Bonifacio. PHOTOS BY RENE H. DILAN

ERAP ANNOUNCES HIS CHOICES Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada raises the hands of his bets – Senators Grace Poe and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. – during his proclamation rally at Liwasang Bonifacio. PHOTOS BY RENE H. DILAN

Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada officially endorsed the presidential candidacy of Sen. Grace Poe on Monday, ending weeks of speculation on who he is going to support between her and his close friend, Vice President Jejomar Binay.

For the vice presidential race, the former president chose Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Estrada made the announcements during his proclamation rally at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila.

Poe is the daughter of Estrada’s long-time friend, movie king Fernando Poe Jr.


Binay was the mayor’s running mate when Estrada ran for president in 2010.

The mayor said that like her father, he also loves Poe and he will never abandon her.

“Ang aking kandidato bilang pangulo ay isang magiting na tao tulad ng kanyang ama. Siya ay mahal ko rin at bahagi ng aking buhay. Kapwa kami naging artista ng tatayniya. Tulad ng aking sinabi mabubuhay mamatay si Erap [nang]hindi makababayad ng utang sa mahihirap. Ang tatay niya kumandidato habang nakakulong ako sa tanay. Sa pag-ikot ng tadhana ang kanyang minamahal na anak ang nais magpatuloy ng kanyang mga nagawa [My candidate for president is a great person like her father. I also love her because she is part of my life. Her father and I became movie actors. Like what I have been saying Erap will die unable to pay my debts to the ordinary people. Her father ran for president while I was detained in Tanay. She will continue what her father had started,) Estrada said.

280316_erap3_dilan"Narito na po ngayong gabi ang isang taong may galing at puso. Isang Pilipino, o Pilipina, anak, asawa, ina. Kaibigan ng lahat. At ang nakasama ko sa lahat ng aking laban bilang mayor, vice president, at president. Hindi niya ako iniwan. Paano ko iiwan to. Mga kababayan, ipinakikilala ko ang aking inaanak, ang susunod na pangulo ng Pilipinas, walang iba kundi si Senator Grace Poe (Tonight, we have here a person who has skills and a heart. A Filipino, a daughter, a wife, and a mother. A friend for everyone. A person who accompanied me in all my struggles as a mayor, as vice president, and president. She never left me. So, how can I leave her? My fellowmen, I would like to introduce to you my goddaughter,the next president of the Philippines, none other than Senator Grace Poe], the mayor added.

In throwing his support behind Marcos, the Manila mayor described Bongbong as the “next vice president” of the country.

Estrada also revealed his bets for senators–Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, former Special Action Force Director Getulio Napeñas, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares, Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Sen. Sergio Osmena 3rd, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Joel Villanueva, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and former senators Richard Gordon, Panfilo Lacson and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Poe was warmly welcomed by thousands of Estrada’s supporters when she appeared in the proclamation rally.

Estrada urged the people of Manila to reelect him so that he can continue implementing his administration’s programs and projects to attain “genuine progress and prosperity” for the city.

He ticked off his achievements, which include massive infrastructure projects that modernized the city’s public service facilities, including hospitals, road networks, classrooms, low-cost housing, sports complex, parks and public markets.

On top of that, he said, Manila was listed as the country’s Most Competitive Highly Urbanized City by the National Competitive Council.

Estrada was accompanied by his running mate, District 4 Councilor Maria Sheila “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan.

Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, who is running for senator, also joined the event.

Estrada’s opponents for the mayoralty post are Lim and District 5 Rep. Amado Bagatsing.

Estrada’s reelection bid was strongly supported by Marcos Jr., who, according to surveys, is leading the vice presidential race.

The mayor said he chose Liwasang Bonifacio as the venue for his team’s proclamation because it was also the site of his proclamation when he first ran for mayor in 2013.

Among those who witnessed and expressed strong support to Estrada and Pangan during Monday’s proclamation rally are officers and members of Initiatives for Life and Actions of Women, One Manila Organization, Katipunan ng Masang Pilipino, Erap Youth for Excellent Support and other groups from various sectors.

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  1. matinong pinoy on

    The reason why Erap did not support nor endorsed his kumpare Jojo is simple–There is a Filipino saying ” Ang magnanakaw ay galit sa kapwa magnanakaw”.

  2. This particular political endorsement of Mayor Joseph Estrada of vote-rich Manila can be game changing! Comelec records will show that he holds the record of having garnered the highest numbers of votes ever by any Philippine Presidential candidate. Besides his ouster from the Presidency and subsequent conviction for plunder were drowned by his overwhelming election as City Mayor of Manila and the corruption realities of the immediate past and current national administrations.

    This declaration of support for Senator Poe- Llamanzares must have been a more calculated and thoroughly assessed move. It must have been a go for the lesser evil choosing. Or on the part of his current political bandwagon, it is plainly as to who would be easier to influence!

    But Erap’s declaration of unwavering support to Senator Marcos for the Vice Presidency is a No-Brainer. It’s not because of the late FM Sr. He must have had a more personal and closer look as to whoever is the Better Man! More capable and fitting to take the reigns of national leadership in the event of a similar incident likened to his abrupt departure from the halls of Malacanang. He is assured that Senator Marcos would be a Good President for the country.

  3. Ocampo, it seems, forgot that Bongbong Marcos had called human rights victims like himself greedy back in February 24, 1999, during the 13th year celebration of the Edsa 1 People Power. Bongbong Marcos insulted all his father’s human rights victims whom he noted were squabbling among themselves because:
    Basta’t may pag-asang magkapera, nagaaway-away na sila” (As long as there’s a chance of making money, they’ll fight among themselves).

  4. Harold Imperial on

    More political bigwigs will endorse Senator Grace Poe and that’s for sure! #POE2016

  5. Ang isang taong nabubuhay sa utang na loob ay pakilala lamang na hindi isang halal nang taong bayan and dapat niyang puntahan. Kapag ikaw ay nagsisilbi sa taong bayan ay wala kang dapat kilalanin kung di ang mga taong iyong paglilingkuran. Ikaw na rin ang maysabi, kahit na hindi mo ito natutupad, ” Walang, Kumpare, Walang kamag anak’ dapat lahat pantay pantay.Pero, Mr Mayor, wala kang natupad kahit isa sa mga pangako mo. Ano ba ang nagawa nang Kumpare mo? Miski Barangay Chairman ay hindi ito nanungkulan. Sa pelikula, lagi siyang isang Pulis, pero sa sine lamang ito. Buhay talaga nang isang artista, pati taong bayan pinapaniwala sa mga kabulastugan. Hay buhay sa Pinas.

    • Ganyan Lang ang panluluko sa thong BAYAN NI Estrada at NI Grace Poe. Si Estrada ay gahaman sa Pera at kapangyarihan kaya siya ay na convict for plunder. Estrada is an ex-convict and a felon but people still idolizes him! For what ? The people are indeed idiot and fanatics of celebrities whomodes nothing for the country. Much like Grace Poe who claims to be a patriotic Filipino when in truth she is an American and brags to continue the work of FPJ ? What great job did FPJ do except to drunk beers and appear in movies as the idol,of the masses. Thes are fraud people who deceives to gain wealth and power. DO NOT VOTE FOR THESE GREAT PRETENDERS!

  6. What happened to Erap’s previous pronouncements that he would support the candidate who’s got a good platform?