Race for Manila city hall begins

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(File photos) Manila City mayoralty candidates: Former president and incumbent Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada, former mayor Alfredo "Fred" Lim, and 5th District Rep. Amado Bagatsing.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It’s round 2 for the political rivalry of former president and incumbent Manila City Mayor Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada and former Mayor Alfredo “Fred” Lim. But it’s a three-way competition in Manila City as 5th District Rep. Amado Bagatsing joins the mayoralty race.

Estrada is vying for a second term. Lim lost to Estrada in 2013 by over 30,000 votes.

Bagatsing, on the other hand, is a third-termer congressman and is now running for mayor against Estrada and Lim.

Estrada promised to continue his pro-poor policies, while Lim is geared towards restoring free basic services, and eliminating vices in Manila such as illegal numbers game jueteng. Bagatsing promised to push for pro-business policies in Manila.

The mayoralty bets did not waste time in launching their respective campaigns.

Bagatsing took the streets of Tondo Sunday evening (March 27) for his campaign’s take-off. Estrada launched his campaign in Liwasang Bonifacio on Monday afternoon (March 28). Liberal Party (LP) is set to endorse Lim as their candidate also on Monday.

President Benigno Aquino III himself is expected to endorse Lim, with LP standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, and the rest of the LP ticket joining the proclamation rally.