Erap on 2010 polls: ‘I will cross the bridge, but it is still under construction’
by SHERYLL MUNDO
Two days before former ‘s 71st birthday , his partymates under the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) opted to start his celebration.
A mass and program was held Thursday for Estrada as this is the first time he would be celebrating his birthday with them after being jailed for more than 6 years.
Their birthday gift for the former president: a compilation of signatures they gathered under their signature campaign launched a month ago to convince him to run for the 2010 presidential elections.
They plan to get 1 million signatures.
“In six months, we hope to generate signatures to convince Erap to lead us to 2010,” said Wainright Rivera, president of PMP-Pasig.
The PMP believes the warm welcome Estrada is getting on his visits to provinces such as Mindoro or Bulacan is an indication that there is a clamor for Estrada to run.
Estrada says the support of his partymates is the most beautiful gift he has received so far.
But he remained mum if he intends to give in to their request.
“I will cross the bridge when I get there. Problem is, the bridge is still under construction,” he says.
Estrada says his birthday wish is for the country to weather the rice crisis and the rise in other basic commodities.
He also had this to say to the government: “Our country suffers many shortages: rice shortage, arina at ang pinakamabigat na, shortage truth and integrity shortage. Kahat yun gumawa ng shortage, short pa rin.”
Estrada also wishes that the truth would finally come out on the controversial ZTE-NBN deal, and that the would reverse its earlier decision on what is covered by executive privilege.