Lim, Rosebud to join Manila mayoral race

A former mayor and a former police asset announced Monday their plans to run for the Manila mayoralty post next year following Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s announcement that he is seeking the coveted post in 2007.

Sen. Alfredo Lim said he has every intention of running as Manila mayor. “I welcome Senator Lacson’s entry to Manila politics,” he said.

He also thanked Lacson for his “envy” after the senator admitted that Lim could win next year’s election.

Lim was elected mayor of Manila in 1992 and was reelected in 1995. He won a senatorial seat in 2004.

ong.jpgMary Ong, a former police asset, also announced her plan to run for the mayoral post.

Ong, a former undercover agent, has accused Lacson and his former subordinates in the defunct Presidential Anti-Crime Commission and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force of involvement in drug-trafficking, kidnapping and murder.

Lacson confirmed on Monday that he will not run for re-election in the Senate but will run for Manila mayor. He said an informal poll of Manila residents showed that he had a good chance of winning next year’s poll.

Other possible candidates for the Manila mayoral seat are Ilocos Sur Rep. Imee Marcos’ son Borgy Manotoc and Manila City Mayor Lito Atienza’s son, Ali Atienza.

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