Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada express his insight to run again for president next year if disqualification of Senator Grace Poe from the presidential race becomes final and not just that, Vice President Jejomar Binay will be removed as presidential candidate due to cases related to corruption hammered on him .
Former President Estrada said that he can substitute for Romel Mendoza, the secretary-general of Kalipunan ng Masang Pilipino (Kampil), which is allied with his Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP). He wants Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to be his running mate.
“If I will run again, Bongbong Marcos will be my running mate,” he said.
“He is a strong candidate. He has the so-called solid North vote. He is also strong here in Metro Manila because of the housing programs that benefited thousands of Manileños in the 1970s when Mrs. Imelda Marcos was governor of the Metro Manila Commission.”
He has until Dec. 10 to make official his presidential candidacy, Estrada said.
“Many things can still happen in the remaining six or seven days before Dec. 10,” he said.
“I have seven days more to file my candidacy as president and be a substitute candidate of the PMP. We have to preserve democracy in the country by ensuring that the opposition has its own candidate.”
He is a strong candidate in Mindanao, where he won against President Aquino in 2010, Estrada said.
We have found out from our source that that Mendoza is not a “nuisance” candidate, and Estrada will not have any legal problem if he decide to be a substitute candidate.
“The PMP is putting up a team of legal luminaries to defend the legitimacy of the candidacy of Romel Mendoza,” the source said.
“He was duly nominated by PMP and has a certificate of nomination of PMP with no less than Sen. Jinggoy Estrada signing it,” the source said.
“Unlike Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City, if ever Mayor Estrada will substitute for Mendoza, he already has a complete lineup for vice president and 12 senatorial candidates.” – With Rhodina Villanueva