Advisers to Philippine presidential hopeful Joseph Estrada yesterday predicted he would win Monday's election with more than 40 per cent of the vote. Optimism among his entourage was at fever pitch as they gathered for a Mass in his home town of San Juan, prompting rare words of caution from Mr Estrada. 'The election hasn't started yet. We haven't won anything yet,' he repeatedly told his staff following polls that gave him a 33 per cent sway over the 34 million voters. 'I am very confident that everyone knows now I will do a good job,' the Vice-President earlier told the South China Morning Post. 'People have faith in me and in the people around me. They know I will not forget the poor. My priority will be to improve food security and the basics by giving farmers more income. 'That will solve a lot of the problems slowing the development of this country.' Mr Estrada and his advisers are battling to flesh out policies in a bid to curb fears that the unabashed populist will be left floundering should he win. Mr Estrada insisted yesterday he would keep up the momentum of social and economic reforms pioneered by outgoing President Fidel Ramos without neglecting farmers - or raising taxes. Mr Ramos would also be invited back in an advisory role to help build links with foreign governments and business, while Mr Estrada concentrates on home affairs. As a priority, more irrigation, roads and other infrastructure work would be started to help boost rural incomes, while tax collection would be improved to strengthen government finances. His running mate, Edgardo Angara, expected to lose his own polls for the post of vice-president but hoped to return as a key member of Mr Estrada's new Cabinet. He promised that the Philippines' extensive tax system would be simplified and made far more efficient. 'By collecting just one per cent more taxes, we will earn half a billion extra pesos. Foreigners do not have to worry . . . we will not be raising taxes, just collecting them better. 'Everything will be more open,' he added, insisting Mr Estrada would be listening closely to his advisers, who now number more than 30. 'He will give us the leadership and the ideas. 'He is a very smart man and he knows what the people and the country need and want. We are the ones who will help do it.' He said Mr Estrada would spend at least three months of each year in the troubled province of Mindanao to help ease religious and separatist tensions while ensuring the agricultural hub was built up. The Commission on Elections yesterday dismissed a petition to disqualify former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim from the presidential election on the grounds he is not a natural-born Filipino.