Erap cites ‘good character’ despite botched Manila transition
He’s citing his supposed good track record as he thanked the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for not pressing charges against him.
Ex-President and defeated Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is elated after the DILG did not push through filing charges against him for supposedly blocking a smooth transition from his reign to that of now Mayor Isko Moreno.
Moreno’s camp had complained that no proper transition and turnover took place at the city hall, leaving the new administration in the middle of nowhere come day one. But for Estrada, he did what he could.
“From the start, Estrada issued an Executive Order creating a transition team in compliance with the DILG directive and directed all the dept heads to extend full cooperation to the incoming administration,” Estrada said in a statement.
He went on to call Moreno’s allegations as “baseless,” and went to cite his long history in politics.
“The former mayor’s good character as a man and as a former president is the living testimony that he is and will always be a statesman,” said Estrada, who was once convicted of plunder after he was booted out of Malacañang in 2001.