INCUMBENT Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, who is seeking re-election, is leading in the latest poll survey his two political rivals with a wide margin, raising the prospect of winning his third and last term of office as Manila’s chief executive.
Estrada, who instituted various fiscal reforms and made Manila totally debt free, garnered 46.3 percent votes compared to his closest rival former Manila Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso who received 31.0 percent while former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim got 9.6 percent while 13.1% of those polled was undecided.
This was based on the non-commissioned survey dated April 12-15, 2019, almost a month before the May 13, 2019 midterm elections conducted by Media Trend Setter (MDT) with 1,800 respondents.
According to Rolando Luna, Executive Director of MTS, Estrada, who inherited a bankrupt administration with unpaid P5 billion debt in 2013, leads in all the five districts of Manila, getting a high 56.8 percent in district III and 48.2 percent in district IV.
The former president now Manila mayor vows to continue to undertake infrastructure projects that would renew the city’s position as a prime financial, business and tourism hub before leaving office.
With the positive result of the survey, Estrada said it would make it possible to move ahead with his programs that would help thousands of poor Manilenos, including senior citizens and poor but deserving students.
Estrada’s running made, former Representative Amado Bagatsing is also leading in the same survey with 47 percent, ahead of his closest opponent for the vice mayoral race Honey Lacuna who garnered 33 percent while former police officer Elmer Jamias got 8% with 12% of the respondents still undecided.