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"Last hurrah" in politics for Philippines' Estrada

Published on Mar 31, 2013 5:54 PM
 

MANILA (AFP) - In typically colourful fashion, graft-tainted former Philippine president Joseph Estrada launched his campaign for mayor of Manila Sunday in what he described as his "last hurrah" in politics.

The one-time movie actor, who turns 76 on April 19, said he wanted to end his political career as the mayor of a city where he was born and in whose sprawling slums he remains hugely popular.

"I was born in Manila, I first became a famous actor in Manila, so my career has come full circle," Mr Estrada told AFP in an interview before addressing thousands of supporters donning shirts in his trademark orange.

"But this is my last hurrah in politics. I just want to clean up Manila and put its affairs in order before retiring," he said.

 
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