By Sandy Locus and Pat S. Santos
The mayoral race in Manila has turned into a battle between an old guard and a young turk.
Former city vice mayor Isko Moreno said Tuesday that elders should give way and that what the city needs is a young leader.
“Sir, napagbigyan na po namin kayo ha, pahinga na po kayo. Kami naman po (Sir, we have already given way to you. You may rest now. It’s now our time),” Moreno said, referring to reelectionist Mayor Joseph Estrada.
“Isip bata siya (He thinks like a child),” was Estrada’s response.
The 44-year-old Moreno, who is Francisco Domagoso in real life, filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) for mayor 12 October setting up a three-way battle with Estrada, 81, and former mayor Alfredo Lim, 88, for the city’s executive post in next year’s mid-term elections. Moreno’s running mate is vice mayor Honey Lacuña.
The silver-haired Lim did not bother responding to Moreno’s call.
Estrada was accompanied by hundreds of supporters and daughter Jerika in trooping to the Comelec to file his CoC on Wednesday. He vowed to bring back Manila’s “old glory” and to continue uplifting the lives of its citizens.
The former president’s running mate is his 2016 mayoral rival Amado Bagatsing.
In 2013, Estrada said he would only serve on term as mayor of Manila should he win that year’s mayoral election.