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Philippines: Estrada elected mayor of Manila

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Philippines: Estrada elected mayor of Manila

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Ousted as the president of the Philippines more than a decade ago, Joseph Estrada has been elected mayor of the capital, Manila.

A movie-star turned politician, Estrada became president in 1998, but was overthrown in 2001 in the midst of a corruption trial. He was later convicted, then pardoned.

Estrada told supporters he was delighted they had given him their “trust and confidence” again.

Manila resident Bong Lapera said: “Yes, he was convicted before, but his service to the Filipino people has been proven – especially to the poor.”

The 76-year-old has said he wants to dedicate the last years of his life to serving Manila – pledging to focus on poorer areas.