Manila Representative Amado Bagatsing (District 5) on Monday filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor of the country’s premier city.
He is running under the Kabalikat ng Bayan sa Kaunlaran (Kabaka) Party.
Two incumbent congressmen joined the team of Bagatsing – Rep. Carlos Lopez of District 2 (Tondo:Moriones, Tayuman, Dagupan) and Rep. Sandy Ocampo of District 6 (Santa Mesa-Pandacan). His other congressional candidates are Manny Lopez of District 1 (Tondo:Vitas, Balot), Councilor DJ Bagatsing for District 4 (Sampaloc), and Cristal Bagatsing for District 5 (Paco, Baseco, Intramuros, Ermita and Malate). Kabaka has yet to decide who to field in District 3 (Binondo, Santa Cruz).
Bagatsing’s vice mayoral candidate is Councilor Ali Atienza.
Three big political clans joined forces with Bagatsing to unseat Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and prevent the return of former mayor Alfredo Lim.
Bagatsing is the son of former mayor Ramon Bagatsing who was mayor from 1972 to 1986.
Manny Lopez is the son of Mel Lopez who was mayor from 1986 to 1992. Atienza is the son of former mayor and now Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza who was mayor from 1998 to 2007.
Before filing his COC, Bagatsing and his supporters heard Mass at the Saint Agustin Church in Intramuros.
Using “Ang Bagong Manila” as his campaign theme, Bagatsing vowed to lower the
business and real property taxes that were hiked to as high as 300 percent during the term of Estrada.
Bagatsing said he will fight corruption just like his late father. He vowed to make free all services at city-owned hospitals and to provide free education and livelihood projects to poor residents.
Estrada meanwhile got the support of 31 incumbent councilors of Manila.
The councilors and six congressional hopefuls took their pledge of loyalty before Estrada yesterday early afternoon.
Vice Mayor Isko Moreno read the names of the supporters of Estrada.
Moreno said all those who attended the event are members of Asenso Manileño, a local political party that he chairs.
Estrada said he will be running with Honey Lacuna-Pangan as his vice mayoral candidate. Pangan is the head of the city’s Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Estrada will file his certificate of candidacy on Wednesday together with his team members.