MANILA--San Juan Vice Mayor Janella Estrada, who is seeking her city's top post, said Monday that her candidacy is backed by President Rodrigo Duterte, whose PDP-Laban party mate, Francis Zamora, is also running for mayor.
Janella said her father, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, introduced her recently to the President at a restaurant in San Juan.
"Wala po akong sinabi na i-endorse po n'ya (Duterte) ako, wala po akong sinabi na itaas niya ang kamay ko. S'ya po mismo ang nagsabi sa akin, 'Janella halika dito, itataas ko kamay mo,'" she told ANC.
(I didn't ask him to endorse me or raise my hand. He himself told me, "Janella come here, I'll raise your hand.")
Photos of their encounter appear on Janella's campaign posters, she said.
Zamora earlier said he is the "official" candidate of PDP-Laban, which Duterte chairs.
Jinggoy, however, said "it does not necessarily mean that just because you're a member of the PDP, endorsohin ka ni Presidente (the President will endorse you)."
"There are a lot of PDP candidates who are not endorsed by the President," he said.
Jinggoy, who seeks to return to the Senate, was also backed by the President. He is running alongside his half-brother Sen. JV Ejercito under administration-backed Hugpong ng Pagbabago.
He denied speculations of a competition between him and Ejercito.
"We have different advocacies. My track record speaks for myself, his track record speaks for himself," he said.