ABS-CBN hosted a heated debate between, Mayor Alfredo Lim and former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, through the “Umagang Kay Ganda.” The debate turned ugly on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 as the two candidates traded insults on air.
The Umagang Harapan face-off was part of ABS-CBN’s morning show Umagang Kay Ganda hosted by veteran journalist Anthony Taberna. The former President Erap stated that he pitied Mayor Lim and appointed him Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government after the latter placed fourth in the 1998 presidential race.
According to Erap, Mayor Lim betrayed him when the Mayor of Manila joined the so-called EDSA Dos revolt that deposed Estrada in 2001 due to corruption allegations. He also stated that he already forgave Lim with the incident when Mayor Lim visited him in Tanay resthouse in 2004 and allegedly begged his forgiveness.
Meanwhile on Mayor Lim’s part he denied the accusations that he was weeping in front of Estrada and begging his forgiveness. He stated he would never cry in front of Estrada whom he described as a liar and a criminal.
Lim admitted that he abandoned Estrada during the EDSA Dos revolt, later convicted but was pardoned by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Other issues that were tackled were about the birth certificate. Estrada challenged Mayor Lim to produce his birth certificate after the mayor said he was born in Tondo, Manila. Lim also turned the tables on Estrada, saying that the former president should quit the race if he produces his birth certificate.
Here’s the complete video of the Umagang Harapan Video: