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His wife, Senator Cynthia Villar, said he has no plans of challenging incumbent Mayor Joseph Estrada.

In an interview with Philippine Star editor Marichu Villanueva, Cynthia explained that their family’s frequent visits to the cote-rich Baseco Compound in Tondo was in compliance with a Supreme Court mandamus involving the clean-up of Manila Bay.

She said around 10,000 families in the area have benefited from her toilet and wastewater treatment projects.

“We are not interested in Manila. We are interested to implement the mandamus in Manila Bay. Sen. Villar was really born in Tondo, we have a house in Tondo. That was the house where he was born which they were renting during those times. It was sold to us ten years ago. But it’s not about running for mayor. They (rumors) are imagining things,” Cynthia said.

There was talk that Estrada is apprehensive about Manny’s possible mayoralty bid given the latter’s deep war chest and the clout of his political vehicle, the Nacionalista Party.