Mayor Erap wants to retire in 2019

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Should he win in May 2016 elections, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada said that it will be his last as he eyeing to retire from politics in 2019.

“A second term for Manila mayor will be my last. Then, I will retire from politics. I also wanted to live as an ordinary citizen. Besides, I can still continue serving the people as private Erap,” Estrada said in a Philippine Star interview.

The mayor said that he wanted to retire this year, but he decided to run again to continue his programs for his constituents.

Estrada is running for reelection as Manila mayor next year, facing former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing.

The 78-year-old former president gained his popularity as an action star in over hundred movies. His career in politics started in 1967 when he ran for mayor of San Juan in 1967. He was also elected as senator in 1997 and vice president in 1992.