Sen. Jose “Jinggoy’ Estrada is according to speculations, eyeing the top post in Manila, but a source who is also a potential rival said the plunder complaint filed at the Office of the Ombudsman could work against the senator.
The source, who has been monitoring the political situation in Manila, said the pork scam could hurt Estrada’s chances of winning.
“Word is going around that Jinggoy will replace his father. If a plunder case is filed by the Ombudsman [before the Sandiganbayan], Jinggoy might not run. Erap will continue,” he said, referring to former President Joseph Estrada, the incumbent mayor.
The younger Estrada was accused of receiving commissions from projects funded by his Priority Development Assistance Fund.
Former president Estrada, now 76, plans to retire from politics in 2016.
The source said aside from the plunder complaint, the senator also faces a tight mayoral race in 2016.
Manila Vice Mayor Francisco Domagoso, popularly known as Isko Moreno, is certain to run for mayor, after being a councilor for three terms and a vice mayor for three terms.
“The natural progression is for Isko to run for mayor. Also, let us not count former Manila Mayor Fred Lim out as standard bearer of Liberal Party in Manila for 2016,” the source, who was born and raised in Manila, pointed out.