Former rivals Lim and Atienza team up vs Erap

Former rivals Lim and Atienza team up vs Erap

Two former mayors of Manila seemingly ended their feud to launch a more formidable challenge against the incumbent Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, with mayoral bet Alfredo Lim endorsing the vice-mayoral candidacy of Lito Atienza’s son.

Former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim, who is running against Joseph Estrada and Manila fifth district Amado Bagatsing, dropped his running-mate and endorsed the candidacy of Ali Atienza for the vice mayoral position who is running with Bagatsing.

“In the meeting, [Ali was there] with his father whose advice he [would] surely follow,” said Lim about the weekend meeting with Lito Atienza to finalize the arrangement of the Lim-Atienza tandem.

Lim made the announcement in a press conference on Thursday (April 28), about a week before the elections, and said that he will ask his running-mate, Rep. Benjamin Asilo, to withdraw his candidacy.

“If elected, I can assign [Asilo] to a high-ranking position. He can take his pick,” said Lim.

Lim said that there was a growing clamor from supporters to form a Lim-Atienza tandem, especially after survey results show Ali leading the vice-mayoral race.

In an interview with the Inquirer, Asilo said that although he has yet to speak with his running-mate, he has no plans of withdrawing his candidacy. “On my part, I don’t understand the announcement. We are running under a party so I believe [such decisions] should come from them. But I have no intention of withdrawing my candidacy,” he said.

Lim earlier announced his endorsement of Lito Atienza’s Buhay party-list and got Atienza’s endorsement of his mayoral candidacy in return. The two wish to “bring back the old glory of Manila,” having both served the capital city as Mayors in the past.

Lim was the Manila mayor from 1992 to 1998, while Atienza was elected to the post for three terms, from 1998 to 2007. The two faced off in 2001, after Lim lost in the Presidential Elections of 1998 to now incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

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