The election in Manila was generally peaceful and orderly, Chief Supt. Rolando Nana, director of Manila Police District (MPD), said.
Nana said there were no reports of election violence in the city although he admitted receiving information about vote buying.
The MPD chief expressed satisfaction on the performance of the police force during the electoral exercise.
Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada expressed the same observation after he cast his vote at precinct no. 259-1B of the P. Burgos Elementary School in Sta. Mesa, together with his wife, former Senator Luisa “Loi” Ejercito.
Estrada said he is confident that he will get another term. He promised to make good on his promises, noting that his re-election will be his last hurrah in government service.
He said his only purpose for seeking a second term was to bring Manila back to its “old glory” as “the Pearl of the Orient.”
He also vowed to help improve the image and credibility of the MPD so that it will regain its old name: “Manila’s Finest.”
Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim also claimed that he will get his old post after he cast his vote at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School.
Lim said that majority of the Manileños will strongly reject giving Estrada a second term because of his mismanagement of the city government.
Rep. Amado Bagatsing voted at the Aurora Elementary School in San Andres.
Bagatsing expressed hope that Manila voters will pick him for a change.