By Van Santos Reporter
AN atmosphere of gloom pervaded Manila City Hall on Wednesday as out-going Mayor Alfredo Lim conceded defeat to Mayor-elect Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada.
Surrounded by teary-eyed staff and supporters, Lim held a brief press conference at the Bulwagan Hall to congratulate Estrada and Vice Mayor- elect Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
Reading a prepared statement, Lim said he respects and acknowledges the proclamation of Estrada and Domagoso.
“Yesterday afternoon the Comelec proclaimed the election of President Erap Estrada and Vice Mayor Isko Domagoso. We respect and acknowledge the said proclamation and wish them all the best. We would like to thank our relatives, friends and the Manileños for their support, trust, and confidence in us. Thank you and God bless us all!” Lim said.
The mayor declined to be interviewed after reading his prepared statement
In what is considered as one of the most bitterly fought political contests in the 2013 local elections, Estrada edged out Lim by 30,427 votes.
Lim lost in areas perceived as his turf, including Baseco, Sampaloc, Ermita, Malate, and the two districts in Tondo and Binondo.
Meanwhile, two casual employees of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB), told The Manila Times they fear losing their jobs once the new city hall administration takes over.
“Somebody told us to brace ourselves since the new administration will replace us all with their people,” the two, who refused to be identified, said.
The MTPB employs about a hundred people to handle the city’s traffic management, towing, and overnight parking.