MANILA, Philippines – At least 3 people were injured in a scuffle outside the residence of Manila mayoral candidate and former president Joseph Estrada Wednesday morning, May 8. The scuffle stemmed from a text message that said Estrada was set to distribute groceries.
The text message read: “Paalala. Bukas ikaw ay iniimbitahan para pumunta sa bahay ni Pang. Erap Altura gate. Mayroon kang matatanggap na groceries at tulong medical. Ito ay magaganap alas-7 ng umaga. Maraming salamat! (Reminder. Tomorrow, you are invited to come to the residence of President Erap at Altura Gate. You will be given groceries and medical aid. This will be held at 7 a.m. Thank you very much!)”
Estrada told Rappler he was not at home when people lined up outside his house in Sta. Mesa. He also denied sending out this announcement.
Estrada quoted his staff as saying that 3 jeepneys carrying around 50 men then arrived and mauled his supporters. Manila Police identified the victims as Danilo Sandrino and John Mark Morente, who were stabbed with barbecue sticks; and Ednalyn Donor, who sustained bruises on her arm.
“Sino pa bang gagawa nito? Dalawa lang kaming kandidato sa pagka-alkalde ng Maynila (Who else would be behind this? There are only 2 of us running for the mayoral post in Manila),” Estrada said, alluding to his rival, re-electionist Mayor Alfredo Lim.
“He’s really living up to his name as ‘Dirty Harry’ by doing dirty tricks,” he added.
Watch the interview with Estrada below.
The Lim camp is yet to return our calls. Lim has said the rock-hurling incident last Sunday was staged by the Estrada camp. – Rappler.com
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