He was appointed by former President Corazon Aquino as officer-in-charge of Makati from 1986-1987. After his assignment, he was elected as Makati City mayor from 1988-1998. During this term, he acted as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman from 1990 to 1991. In 2001, he was reelected as mayor until the end of his term in 2010. He resigned as Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and as Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers on June 22, 2015.