In Manila, 3-way fight shaping up
Manila 5th district Rep. Amado Bagatsing on Monday filed his certificate of candidacy armed with a platform calling for a “New Manila.”
Bagatsing is running for mayor in a city where his late father Ramon Bagatsing had served for 15 years from 1971 to 1986, the longest-serving among local chief executives. He is pitted against the incumbent Mayor Joseph Estrada and former mayor Alfredo Lim.
“Let’s help each other to attain our common goal to bring back the old glory of Manila. This is what I intend and definitely, with your help and support, we can show the world that Manila is back, that businesses are thriving within our city and that Manileños are contented and happy,” he said.
Bagatsing and his running mate Ali Atienza, son of former Manila mayor and now Buhay Party List Rep. Lito Atienza, will run under Kabalikat ng Bayan sa Kaunlaran, a local political party he founded in the 80s.
If elected, Bagatsing promised to establish an organize local government focused on eliminating corruption and expansion of basic health, infrastructure and social services with the help of six lawmakers representing the city.
The 67-year-old solon is also planning to intensify free education, scholarship grant programs and sports projects for the youth, as well as providing manpower training programs and livelihood projects for unemployed residents.
Also under the ticket of Kabaka party are Manny Lopez, son of former Manila mayor Mel Lopez, who is running for congressman in the 1st district; reelectionist 2nd district Rep. Carlo Lopez; incumbent Councilor Don Juan Bagatsing, also for congressman (4th district); Cristal Bagatsing (5th district), and Sandy Ocampo (6th district).
“Collective role from businesses and individuals is important,” Bagatsing said.
If given a chance to serve as mayor, he said, he would also ask the business sector to give priority to hiring the legitimate residents of Manila. “We have to equip also the police force, clean up the image of Manila physically. Police enforcement against drug abuse will be fully implemented.”