BATTLE FOR THE CAPITAL: Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada on Wednesday chastised his former vice-mayor, Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, for saying that he and rival Alfredo Lim should retire and give younger leaders a chance.
Estrada, who is 81 years old, sang a different tune after initially welcoming Moreno's plan to run for mayor.
"Isip bata siya," he told reporters.
He added that if he is reelected, he aims to start a legacy project in Manila by reclaiming lands in Manila Bay and develop it into a business district.
Estrada and predecessor Alfredo Lim made official on Wednesday their bid for the city's top office in a 3-way race.
The 2 veteran politicians are expected to square off with Moreno, who registered his candidacy for mayor last Friday.
Estrada has held the mayoral post since 2013, following an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2010. He was removed as president in 2001 following a 4-day bloodless revolt.
Backed by orange-clad supporters and his running mate, former congressman Amado Bagtsing, the former chief executive filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor for his third and last consecutive term.
Estrada was also accompanied by his children Jerika and ER Ejercito, as well as actress Sheryl Cruz, whose candidacy for Manila councilor he had endorsed.
Lim, meanwhile, promised to reinstate the medical services that the city government offered under his leadership, as he registered his mayoral bid.
Five Manila hospitals were built during his time as mayor from 1992 to 1998 and 2007 to 2013, Lim noted before throngs of supporters in red.
The 88-year-old Lim declined interviews, but his daughter Christy said her father is still strong and capable to lead the city.
Lim's camp said they have left the Liberal Party and are now allied with the PDP-Laban chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte.
With a report from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News