MANILA (Mabuhay) – Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada on Monday said city government aims by the end of 2015 to get rid of the billions of pesos in debt incurred by the past administration.
In a television report aired at GMA News Tv’s “Balitanghali” on Tuesday, Estrada said that the P3 billion that the local government owed should be paid before the year ends.
Asked for his personal outlook for 2015, Estrada said that he hoped the Supreme Court would junk the disqualification case filed against him in 2013.
The former President reiterated that he gained all his civil rights, including the right to run for office, after he was pardoned by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2007.
Estrada was convicted of plunder in September 2007 and sentenced to life in prison, but was subsequently pardoned.
“President-Mayor Estrada,” as he was commonly called, reiterated that he has no plans to run for office – whether for a local or national position – in the upcoming 2016 general elections. (MNS)