- Former president and now Mayor of Manila City Joseph Ejercito Estrada backs Duterte’s fight
- Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte has earlier declared an all-out war against illegal drugs
- ERAP said that he has started the battling for peace and order
After taking his oath as mayor of Manila City, Joseph Estrada announced that he will give full support on the agenda of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on was against illegal drugs and criminality.
“I salute him for making peace and order as a number one project. I will be all out for him. That’s the only way we can move forward. Without economic growth, there will never be peace and order,” he said.
Estrada, who has been re-elected as Manila City mayor, added that the battle against drugs is his number one priority.
“Sinusugpo na namin. [It’s] ongoing. I’m very happy natakot na sila kay President Duterte,” Estrada told the members of the media.
(We are curbing it. It is ongoing. I’m very happy that they are already afraid of President Duterte.)
“Magtatayo kami ng rehab. Inuna ko muna yung papakinabangan ng mga mahihirap, gaya ng columbarium para lahat ng mahirap libre ang libing,” the mayor added.
(We will construct rehabilitation centers. I prioritized those from which the poor people can benefit from, just like the columbarium, so they bury their loved ones for free.)
Estrada promised that government officials who are in any way engaged with illegal drugs will be fired or charged. “May kalalagyan sila. Dalawa lang pupuntahan nila. Tanggal sila o may kaso sila,” he said.
(They have their place. They only have two recourses: they will get fired or be [criminally] charged.)
Estrada, who ran under the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino party during the elections, won against former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, who ran under the Liberal Party, by a slim margin of 2,000 votes. -HB, Kami Media