Loi doesn't want Erap to run for president

By Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2015 04:11 PM | Updated as of Jul 09 2015 12:52 AM

MANILA - Former Senator Loi Estrada prefers her husband, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, to not run for the presidency in 2016.

In an interview during the Senior Citizen's Day event in Manila on Wednesday, Loi said she feels that her husband is still strong to continue holding office and serving the public -- but not as president.

Estrada has not yet declared his plan for 2016, but has declared openness to both seeking re-election as Manila mayor and making another run for the country's top post.

Loi, meanwhile, dispelled rumors that she might run for a Senate seat again, saying she is already tired and would rather help people in her own capacity as a doctor.

Estrada, for his part, said that while his wife may be tired, he is not. He said he is still capable to implement programs to help the poor.

He also challenged the Zamoras to run for office in San Juan amid their current rift.

Meanwhile, Loi is encouraging their son, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, to run next year, but she did not say for what position.

She said Jinggoy's current incarceration and the charges he is facing over the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam will not impede his capability as an elected government official.