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Malacañang is not worried about the possibility of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada seeking a higher post in the 2016 elections.

At a press briefing on Wednesday, presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda expressed confidence that the electorate will give weight to reforms implemented by President Benigno Aquino III in choosing their candidates in the next polls.

“Kung nakikita ng ating sambayanan ‘yung magandang nangyayari sa kanilang bansa, hindi ba gusto nilang ipagpatuloy ‘yon? ‘Yan din ang parating sinasabi ni Pangulong Aquino na gusto niya walang duda ang susunod na magpapatuloy ng kanyang mga reporma,” Lacierda told reporters.

The Palace official issued this statement after the Supreme Court junked a disqualification case against Estrada filed by the lawyer of his rival, erstwhile Manila mayor Alfredo Lim.

Lacierda maintained that the administration is “focused on governance” now, and not on political posturing. “The best way for the people to rally behind good governance is that we continue to provide good governance,” he said.

Besides, Lacierda said Estrada himself has no plans yet of seeking a higher post in the upcoming national elections.

The Palace official added that Aquino and Estrada remain “cordial” to each other.

Estrada is a stalwart of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). During the 2010 elections, he came second to Aquino in the presidential race. —KBK, GMA News

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