• Estrada wants another term as mayor of Manila

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    ONE MORE TIME Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada shows his certificate of candidacy. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

    ONE MORE TIME Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada shows his certificate of candidacy. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

    Vowing to make Manila great again, Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada filed his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections office on Arroceros Street Wednesday.

    Estrada, 78, is running under the Partido ng Masang Pilipino.

    So far, eight individuals have filed their CoCs, including District 5 Rep. Amado Bagatsing and former mayor Alfredo Lim.

    Bagatsing and Lim pledged to bring back free medical services in six city-owned hospitals. The two also vowed to lower the business and real estate taxes which were hiked 300 percent during the Estrada administration.

    The two also promised to junk the privatization of 17 public markets in the city, which the Estrada administration has been pushing.

    Estrada has had his hands full defending controversial issues such as market privatization, taxes, and free hospitalization.

    In a bid to get the support of businessmen, particularly the big traders of Binondo, the mayor signed into law Ordinance 8423 or Tax Amnesty Relief Agreement.

    Businessmen are urged to avail of the amnesty from October 10 to December 31, 2015.
    The same ordinance covers property owners with tax arrears within the period Jan. 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2014.

    The relief covered liabilities of P30,000 and above which can be paid up to six installments.

    Estrada explained that the amnesty program includes real properties declared for the first time subject to back taxes, real properties with tax liabilities, and those included in public auctions but were not purchased by private individuals and have not been transferred to government.

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