MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in their minds, as is the elation when American forces finally rescued them in the closing months of World War II. …
Estrada files COC as Manila mayor
Former President Joseph Estrada has vowed a landslide win for Manila
mayor in the 2013 polls versus the incumbent Mayor Alfedo Lim.
Estrada on Tuesday filed his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections office in Arroceros Street.
He was accompanied by his running mate and current Manila Vice-Mayor
Isko Moreno, as well as sons Senator Jinggoy Estrada and San Juan Rep.
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