Ex-Philippine president runs for mayor of Manila

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2012, 1:50pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2012, 1:52pm

Ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada is running for mayor of Manila in midterm elections that are dominated by political dynasties, celebrities and the rich and powerful.

The list of candidates offers little change when it comes to who gets elected in the Philippines.

About 18,000 positions will be contested in the May 13, next year, polls, including 12 senators.

The 75-year-old Estrada was ousted in 2001, convicted on charges of plunder and later pardoned. He is challenging incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim, a former Manila police chief and his former ally.

Estrada filed his papers on Tuesday. He’s promising urban renewal and an “all-out war” against corrupt police.

His eldest son is a senator and another wants to join him. The sons of two other senators are also running.