MANILA, Philippines – A group of militants trooped to the house of former President Joseph Estrada in Manila on Wednesday to express their opposition to the former executive chief's decision to run for mayor in the city.
Some 50 members of urban poor group Kadamay and Sandigang Maralitang Nagkakaisa – San Juan threw tomatoes at Estrada's house in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
The militants said Estrada is not pro-poor, contrary to his claims. They are particularly decrying the Estrada family's "harassment" of residents of Corazon de Jesus in San Juan.
They fear that Estrada might mismanage Manila just like what they supposed the former action star did in San Juan.
They also criticized the way Mayor Guia Gomez and Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito are running the city.
After their program, the militants burned down a jeepney effigy showing Estrada traveling from San Juan to Manila.
Estrada is running against incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim in 2013, making Manila one of the most interesting sites for an election showdown.
He transferred to Manila earlier this year in preparation for his candidacy.
He is running with incumbent Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, while Lim is paired with Councilor Lou Veloso. – report from Henry Atuelan, dzMM