Administration standard bearer Mar Roxas lost a formidable endorser in the person of Manila mayor Joseph Estrada after the Liberal Party thumbed down the former President’s offer to drop his political rival, erstwhile Manila mayor Alfredo Lim, from its ranks.
Aside from withdrawing support for Lim, Politiko has learned that Estrada also pushed for the inclusion of Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno in the ruling party’s senatorial slate in exchange for endorsing Roxas’ presidential bid— to no avail.
Estrada had hoped to diminish Lim’s chances of winning the mayoralty race in Manila by removing his access to LP’s political machinery since he’s proving to be a strong contender.
Surveys place Lim as the frontrunner in the mayoralty contest, with 1 in 2 voters choosing him over either Estrada and Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing. The two politikos are tied with 25 percent of voters going for either of them should the polls be conducted now.
With the LP rejecting his offer, Estrada is now left with two options on who to support for president: his close friend, Vice President Jejomar Binay, or Senator Grace Poe, the daughter of his bosom buddy Fernando Poe Jr.
Moreno, meanwhile, will be running for senator under the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero.