Walang threat sa buhay: Erap dismisses need for more bodyguards

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Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is not afraid of the recent spate of killings involving local government officials.

In a recent interview, the veteran politiko said there was no need for him to hire additional bodyguards to secure his safety.

The former President expressed confidence that he would not become a target of assassination since he has neither enemies in politics nor involvement in any illegal activities.

He added that he would just continue his regular duty to conduct inspections, attend meetings outside of the city hall, and visit barangays in Tondo, Malate, Sampaloc and other places in Manila.

“My duty is to improve the lives of Manileños, and a public servant always sacrifices his life to uplift the lives of the people,” he said.

He is also confident that Manileños are ready to protect him from being harmed.

As a government official, Estrada said it is part of his duty to be exposed to dangers, especially to criminal elements whose interest is to earn money through illegal activities.

Estrada issued his statement following the deaths of Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan, Batangas, who was shot dead during a flag-raising ceremony, and General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote, who was killed in an ambush, on July 2 and 3, respectively.