Estrada says goodbye to Manilans: God knows I’ve done my best

By Erma Edera

Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada on Wednesday bid farewell to public service– a few days before the end of his term– after losing the mayoralty race last May.

Outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada during his speech at a thanksgiving party with his supporters at Sofitel Philippine Plaza on June 26, 2019. Estrada was defeated in the May polls by his former Vice Mayor Isko Moreno. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada during his speech at a thanksgiving party with his supporters at Sofitel Philippine Plaza on June 26, 2019. Estrada was defeated in the May polls by his former Vice Mayor Isko Moreno. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“As an outgoing mayor of Manila, you have been the source of my strength and dedication. Kayo ang nagbigay sa akin ng lahat. I now bid you farewell for now and I take a step back from public service. The people have spoken and I respect them,” Estrada said during his thanksgiving party at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.

He said he respected the decision of the Manileños to elect Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso as mayor, but admitted that he did not expect to exit as mayor only after his second term.

“Said it truth, hindi ko po inakala na hanggang second term lang ako dahil in all the motorcades we had during the campaign, napakainit ng pagsalubong ng Manileño sa akin. Ang madaming yumayakap, ang dami-daming humahalik,” Estrada said.

But he said his “devotion to the city of Manila will remain.”

“The people [of Manila] have spoken, and I respect their will. God knows I’ve done my best… Hindi man tayo pinalad, my devotion to the city of Manila will remain,” he said.

“I’ve done my best I only do what’s best for the greater good of the greater number,” the former president added.

Showbiz personalities senator-elect Bong Revilla, Manila fourth district councilor Edward Maceda, singer Faith Cuneta, Sarah Geronimo, and Asia’s Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales attended the thanksgiving dinner party.

Estrada’s wife, Dr. Luisa Ejercito; his siblings, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, Jerika and Janella Ejercito were also there.

Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was invited but did not make it because she said she had been in Davao City since Tuesday.

Estrada will end his term on June 30.

 
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