MANILA - Eight days before the elections, Janella Ejercito Estrada and her team One San Juan rallied people as a show of strength.
Despite her youth and height, the 29-year-old Estrada stood tall and proud at the stage Sunday to announce that she is fully prepared to take on the city’s top post, if she wins next week.
Estrada claims the camp of her rival Francis Zamora has been hurdling insults at her during the campaign.
Zamora had said that Estrada’s father, Jinggoy Estrada, who is out on bail from plunder charges, will control her if she wins as mayor.
To this, Estrada defended herself.
"Sinasabi pa ng ating katunggali, 'pag nanalo raw ako, si Jinggoy ang magiging mayor. 'Di po totoo 'yan. Hindi siya nakialam kailanman," she said.
San Juan City has been under the Estrada leadership for 5 decades now. Janella vowed to continue the so-called Estrada brand of service.
She said she will create more jobs and livelihood for the San Juan residents. She also promised to establish more schools and a hospital.
Estrada said her work as vice mayor speaks for itself, with her support for the LGBTQIA sector and anti-illegal drugs campaign.
The big surprise of the night was when her father and grandfather, both previous mayors of San Juan, joined her onstage.
Jinggoy Estrada addressed the crowd and hit back at the Zamoras.
"Sabi nila 50 taon na raw ang mga Estrada sa San Juan...sagot ko sa kanila, ‘Eh ano naman?’ Yung aming katunggali, sino ba nagpapakilala dyan? Eh si Mayor Erap naman ang dahilan. Noong lumulubog na ang barko ni Erap, siya ang unang tumalon. Wala pong utang na loob 'yan. 'Yung kanyang anak, tinuring na anak ni Mayor Guia. Pero ano po ginawa niya? Nagtraydor," he said.
Incumbent Manila Mayor candidate Joseph Estrada, who first became mayor of San Juan in 1969, enumerated his achievements in the city.
He said Janella will even do greater things for San Juan and its people.
On the issue of political dynasty, the Estrada patriarch justified their situation.
"Wala pong dynasty dahil ang dynasty pinapasa 'yan. Eh ito tao ang pumipili. The voice of the people is the voice of God," he said.
The Estradas were joined on stage by their Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino ticket including Vice Mayoral candidate Boy Celles and District Representative candidate, actor Edu Manzano.
Manzano was visibly upset over allegations by the Zamoras pertaining to his residency.
He then displayed a photo of his land property documents, as well as photos of his house in San Juan.
Manzano claims his rival should be the one to talk after showing a photo of a house with a Quezon City address.
"Yung nagsasabi na wala akong karapatan sa San Juan siya pala 'yung hindi nakatira sa San Juan. Bawi-bawi lang ito," he said.
The Zamoras have yet to respond to Manzano’s claims.
San Juan has more than 80,000 registered voters. On May 11, there will be miting de avance in the city.