MANILA, Philippines – Former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim recently took his oath as member of President Rodrigo Duterte's PDP-Laban, the party's president said on Wednesday, April 25.
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, who heads the ruling party, said however that PDP-Laban does not have a mayoral candidate in Manila yet for 2019.
Lim had been a long-time mayor of Manila, but lost to former president Joseph Estrada in his return bids in the last two elections.
“Wala pang manok, pero ito, fact lang: nag-oath na sa party si former Mayor Lim. Nag-oath na siya sa PDP-Laban. Pero hindi ko sinasabing siya na mismo ang manok, wala pa,” Pimentel said at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on Wednesday.
(We still don’t have a bet [in Manila], but here’s a fact: former Mayor Lim already took his oath with PDP-Laban. But I am not saying he is already our candidate, we don't have one yet.)
“We will fix that in due time,” he added.
According to reports, Lim confirmed last February his plan to run as Manila mayor in the 2019 polls. Mayor Estrada has also announced his intention to seek a 3rd and final term.
Pimentel earlier announced as well that Estrada's son, re-electionist JV, was being considered for PDP-Laban's 2019 senatorial ticket.
Lim first ran for mayor of Manila in 1992. He was re-elected in 1995. In the 1998 elections, Lim ran for the presidency – a bid supported by former Presdient Corazon Aquino – but lost to Estrada.
After this, Lim returned to politics when he won as senator in the 2004 elections. However, he did not finish his 6-year term in the Senate as he chose to go back as Manila mayor 3 years later.
Lim then sought another term in the 2013 polls – a bid backed by Cory's son former President Benigno Aquino III – but lost to Estrada.