MANILA - Outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada accepted his defeat to mayor-elect Isko Moreno.
Speaking to DZMM Tuesday night, Estrada congratulated Moreno for his win.
"Binabati ko siya. Binabati ko siya bilang bagong mayor ng Maynila at wala akong ipapamana sa kaniyang utang," he said.
(I congratulate him. I congratulate him as new mayor of Manila, and I will leave him with no debt.)
He also said Moreno is luckier than him since he is inheriting a debt-free city.
"Mas masuwerte siya sa akin. I inherited a bankrupt city," Estrada said.
(He is luckier than me. I inherited a bankrupt city.)
Based on partial and unofficial results, Moreno received 357,925 votes, 140,000 more than Estrada's 210,605 votes. The figures were based on votes from 100 percent of election returns from clustered precincts.
Asked whether he will retire once his term ends, Estrada said it will be up to the people if he will make a political comeback.
"It depends. It depends kung kailangan pa ang serbisyo ng ating kababayan. Bakit ako magre-retire eh kaya ko pa naman. Alam niyo naman, si Joseph Estrada, ang gumawa sa pelikula, ang mahihirap. Sa politika, ang mahihirap din ang gumawa kay Erap. Kaya walang katapusan 'yan, ang aking utang na loob sa mahihirap, kung kakailanganin pa nila ako," he said.
(It depends. It depends if our countrymen still need my services. Why would I retire if I can still serve them? You know, it is the poor who made Joseph Estrada in movies. They also made me who I am in politics. So it will never end, my debt of gratitude to the poor, if they still need me.)
Although he is at a loss with what happened, Estrada said he has no plans of filing any complaint against Moreno.
"Congratulations na lang para walang gulo," he said.
(I'll just congratulate him to avoid trouble.)
Back in 2013, Moreno agreed to be Estrada’s running mate with the agreement that the former president would serve only for one term.
Estrada didn’t keep the promise of a “last hurrah” and sought reelection in 2016. Moreno ran for senator instead and lost.
The 44-year-old Moreno, the youngest of Manila’s mayoral candidates, got his payback 3 years later.