MANILA (Mabuhay) — Will Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada vie for the presidency again in 2016?
Asked about Estrada running again for President in 2016, she said: “Let the future decide, destiny lahat yan.”
Talk of Estrada possibly running anew for 2016 started after Vice President Jejomar Binay said he has information that some Liberal Party members are considering adopting him as a guest candidate for the 2016 presidential race.
If this pushes through, Estrada said the United Nationalist Alliance would have no choice but to field its own candidate, adding that his possible presidential bid is still “50-50.”
He also said he is confident Binay will stay with the opposition.
Estrada won the presidency in 1998 but was deposed in 2001 after a bloodless revolt. He ran for the same position in 2010 but lost to President Benigno Aquino III.
He is currently mayor of Manila after defeating re-electionist Alfredo Lim.
Meanwhile, San Juan Congressman and House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora said he is certain there will a presidential election in 2016.
He said a proposal to extend the term of President Aquino is just a trial balloon among allies.
“Baka naman yung iba sa partido nila ay nagpapalapad lang ng papel, hindi nila kailangan yan,” he said.
“I am certain he is not for it personally. You need constitutional amendments and that will not happen. Tuloy ang halalan sa 2016, let us prepare for that.” (MNS)