“The Filipino people should give presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte a chance to prove himself before judging him,” former Philippine president and current Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada told the media during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum in Malate, Manila.
“I’d say let’s give him chance. Ako, I was given a chance (but) I was illegally removed, unconstitutionally removed. I was not given a chance to prove myself so I’d say let’s give him a chance before judging him,” Estrada said.
The Manila mayor was ousted from his presidential post after EDSA II in 2001, a people power revolt that put then Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the replacement for Estrada.
Estrada believes that Duterte beat the other candidates by a big margin in the recent presidential election due to the hunger of the Filipino people for a strong and capable leader. Estrada said that Duterte should be a given the opportunity to prove his ability as a leader especially when it comes to the peace and order issues of the Philippines.
The former president also commented about the impeachment threats of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV against Rodrigo Duterte. “I just wish they will all be loyal to Duterte,” Estrada stated, referring to the friends and allies of the presumptive president in Congress. Trillanes earlier warned Duterte that he might get an impeachment complaint if he continues to say that the Philippines has already lost its claim over the Scarborough Shoal.
In the recent election for the Manila Mayor position, Joseph Estrada won by a narrow margin of 2,685 votes against rival candidate, former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. Lim has formally issued a complaint to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) against Estrada for allegedly buying votes from the citizens.