Despite the Supreme Court’s affirmation of his eligibility to run for public office, former President and now Manila mayor Joseph Estrada said he has no reelection plans— unless his anointed successor decides to seek another post.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday after the SC junked the disqualification case against him, Estrada said he will keep his promise to endorse Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno as his replacement in 2016.
“I have a word of honor. But if Vice Mayor Isko Moreno will run for a higher office, I might change my mind and I will run for reelection,” Estrada said.
The former President said he has not firmed up his plans for the upcoming elections since he wants to savor his victory in the SC at the moment.
Voting 11-3, the SC junked the disqualification case filed by a lawyer of Estrada’s political rival, former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim. In its ruling, the High Court said the pardon granted to Estrada by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was absolute.
An absolute pardon means Estrada is eligible to run for public office, the SC said.
Following the SC’s dismissal of the case, Estrada wished Lim good luck on his “retirement.
“May God bless him and more power to your retirement,” he said, addressing the former mayor.