MANILA, Philippines – Manila Vice- Mayor Isko Moreno believes former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada will be a formidable opponent against Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim if Estrada challenges Lim in the 2013 elections.
Estrada earlier confirmed that he is thinking of running for Manila mayor in 2013. His electoral bid would pit him against Lim, who is running for re-election that year.
Asked if he is scared of Estrada's possible electoral bid, Moreno said he has utmost respect for Estrada's experience as a former president and his second place finish in the 2010 presidential election.
“Syempre, alam niyo naman, naging pangulo ‘yan, ‘di po pwedeng joke na especially he was vindicated, the way I look at it, by our citizens, our countrymen, by having 11 million votes [in the presidential elections], sumegunda. It’s a form of vindication to President Erap so I respect those votes,” Moreno said in an interview on dzMM Wednesday.
He also acknowledged Estrada’s extensive experience in the field of public service.
“Si dating Presidente Erap ay marami naring karanasan, ‘di siya pahuhuli sa karanasan namin. Kumbaga bilang mayor ng San Juan (Estrada), at bilang vice mayor (Moreno) at mayor si Mayor Lim.”
“So it’s a good fight if ever, kung matutuloy. Kami lang ni Mayor Lim, ako kakayod lang, si Mayor Lim kakayod din,” Moreno said.
Moreno earlier denied that he is joining Estrada as the latter's running mate in the 2013 local elections.