Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has expressed his appreciation to Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada for picking him as running mate if Estrada runs for President in 2016.
Estrada, who was impeached as President and later ousted in 2001, said earlier he would aim for a return to Malacañang if Sen. Grace Poe was disqualified and Vice President Jejomar Binay removed from the race amid the corruption cases filed against him.
“I am deeply honored and very grateful for the trust given to me by former President, Manila Mayor Erap Estrada. Mayor Estrada’s wide support is undisputed and choosing me as his running mate will definitely boost my chances,” Marcos said in a statement.
“Estrada will be a strong contender and his chances of winning the presidential election are very high,” he added.
Estrada was one of the “heavyweights,” together with Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, who had endorsed Marcos during the formal proclamation of his vice presidential bid on Oct. 10 in Intramuros, Manila.
In a speech during the proclamation, Estrada said he never entertained second thoughts in deciding to endorse Marcos as his vice presidential candidate as he called on Manileños to also support the senator.
“I am very thankful to Mayor Erap for his [constant], sincere and staunch support and also to the people of Manila. He is well loved by the people especially the masses. Nakakataba talaga ng puso na ang ‘Ama ng Masa’ ay may malaking pagtitiwala sa atin at hinding-hindi natin sisirain ang tiwalang iyan [It warms my heart that the Father of the Masses trusts me very much and I will not break that trust],” Marcos said.