Manila is Erap's last hurrah, analyst says
MANILA - Former President Joseph Estrada's impending victory as Manila mayor is his last hurrah in the political arena, an analyst said Tuesday.
Randy David, a journalist and sociologist, told ABS-CBN News that Estrada went all out to win a difficult battle against the incumbent Alfredo Lim.
Estrada was not in his comfort zone and bailiwick San Juan, which made the Manila mayoral battle tougher.
"Mahirap para kay Erap ito. Bugbugan. This was the most savage [contest]. Nagpersonalan ng husto," David said, describing the nastiness of Estrada's war of words against Lim during the campaign period.
"Hanggang ngayon nasa YouTube. Hindi ako makapaniwala na ganoon katindi," he added.
Estrada won in all of Manila's districts, except the second district, where only a few hundred votes separated him and Lim.
David said Estrada treated the Manila race like a national campaign. "Si Lim, walang TV ad. Kung si Erap, akala mo nangangampanya for a national race. He was all over the place. Matindi ang pangangampanya ni Erap."
"I would not have wanted to be in the place of Erap. Dati kang presidente tapos mahihirapan ka pa. But it was his last hurrah," he said.
David said he once talked to Estrada regarding his plans for Manila.
"Mukhang sinsero ang kaniyang pagnanais na gawin ang Maynila na pinakamagandang siyudad. Kongkreto ang mga plano niya," he revealed.
"Arkitekto iyan. Interesado sa urban planning. Tiwala ako, sa kaniyang pagkapanalo, huhusay ang estado ng Maynila bilang premier na siyudad ng Maynila," he said.
Estrada, in a press statement late Monday night while waiting for his official proclamation as mayor of Manila, said his victory "is both a challenge and a full weight of responsibility hanging over all our shoulders, mine especially."
"I will not fail you. I was born in Manila, and I will die working to bring back the glory and pride to Manila," he said.