Estrada endorses Poe for president, Marcos for VP

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Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada raises the hand of Sen. Grace Poe, whom he endorsed for president during his proclamation rally on Monday (March 28).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — This proclamation rally didn't just focus on his candidacy.

Re-electionist Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada also used the occasion to endorse his bets for president and vice president.

Estrada is endorsing Sen. Grace Poe for president and Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. for vice president.

Both of them were at the rally and delivered brief speeches thanking Estrada for his support.

Estrada chose Poe, the daughter of his good friend, the late Fernando Poe Jr., over his former political ally, Vice President Jejomar Binay.

In endorsing Poe, Estrada looked back at his relationship with FPJ whom he says never left his side during the trials he went through.

He said his decision is primarily based on his personal ties with Poe.

He said it has nothing to do with the corruption allegations against Binay, whom he said should give way to the younger candidates.

Estrada said, "Eh wala tayong magagawa, eh. Yun ang kabig ng puso ko, ng dibdib ko, ng isipan ko. Eh, tutal naman eh, pareho na kaming matagal sa serbisyo. Matagal na siyang longest mayor of Makati. Naging vice president. Pagbigyan naman natin itong mga bata."

[Translation: This is what my heart, my mind is telling me to do. We (Binay and I) have been in service for a long time. He was the longest-serving mayor of Makati before becoming vice president. We should give way to the the younger ones.]

Why Bongbong Marcos? Estrada said it's his way of giving back to former first lady Imelda Marcos who as former Metro Manila governor, he said, did a lot for his city.

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Poe, for her part, said she knew it was a tough decision for her ninong [godfather].

She said she won't let him down.

Poe said, "Sa aking minamahal na ninong, maraming salamat sa inyong pagpili sa akin. Alam kong hindi naging madali. At dasal ko na hindi ko kayo papahiyain."

[Translation: To my beloved godfather, thank you for choosing me. I know it was not easy. And I pray that I will not cause you embarrassment.]

It was long a program with Estrada speaking last, after all the congressional candidates and councilors he was backing spoke.

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Estrada also endorsed senatorial candidates Francis Tolentino, Isko Moreno, Neri Colmenares,and Sherwin Gatchalian — who were also here along with the wife of senatorial aspirant Migz Zubiri

In his speech, Estrada told Manileños that they've already paid off the billions of pesos in debt he inherited from the previous administration.

He credited the city council and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno for helping him address the problem which he said gave him sleepless nights early in his term.

Estrada also urged his constituents not to give him a vice mayor who is from the opposing side.

Estrada's running mate Honey Lacuna asked Manileños to help her become the city's first female vice mayor.

Estrada's supporters were treated to several performances including a dance number from the mayor's son, Jake, who got his father to dance with him briefly.