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Erap to end 50 years of public service: ‘There is life after politics’


Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is bracing for the end of his five-decade public service on June 30 when his successor Isko Moreno takes his place at the city hall.

Estrada suffered a devastating loss in Monday’s mayoralty race as Manila voters chose the young Moreno to lead the city in the next three years.

The former President has congratulated Moreno on his victory and promised a smooth transition of power.

“The people of Manila have spoken. The new leadership of the city will be coming in and I will prepare the smooth turnover of the city government,” he said in a Facebook post.

“By June 30, my 50 years in politics and public service will come to an end with sterling colors of honesty and genuine concerns for the poor,” he said.

Estrada also thanked everyone who supported him in the last five decades of his political life. “There’s always life after politics,” he said.

He also wished Moreno all the best in leading Manila and asked his supporters to rally behind the new city mayor.

Estrada said he would leave the city hall with P14-billion fund as a result of his good governance and prudent use of public resources.

“Taas-noo tayong lalabas ng City Hall dahil nabayaran natin ang lahat ng pagkakautang na P4.4B na aking dinatnan noong 2013,” he said

“Napagawa natin ang lahat ng ospital para libreng magagamit ng ating mga kababayan sa Maynila,” he said.

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