Zamora topples Estradas' 50-year rule in San Juan


Posted at May 13 2019 10:21 PM | Updated as of May 13 2019 11:50 PM

MANILA - (UPDATE) Mayoralty candidate Francis Zamora ended Monday the 5-decade rule of the Ejercito-Estrada clan in San Juan City, defeating former senator Jinggoy Estrada's daughter Janella Ejercito Estrada in the May 13 midterm elections.

Zamora, son of longtime lawmaker Ronaldo Zamora, got 35,060 votes, while Estrada received 24,813 votes.

There are 82,977 registered voters in San Juan. The voter turnout is at 73.8 percent, or 61,252 voters.

In an interview on Bandila, Zamora thanked those who supported him.

"Kasaysayan po itong naganap ngayong araw sapagkat hindi na sila umabot sa 50 years nila. Natigil natin sila sa 49 years, at ako naman po ay nagpapasalamat sa lungsod ng San Juan na sila po ay nagtiwala sa akin, at sila po ay naniniwala sa ating ipinaglalaban, sa mga programa at plataporma natin," he said.

The younger Estrada's bid was an attempt to continue the family's hold on San Juan City, where the outgoing mayor is Guia Gomez, former partner of her grandfather former President and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Gomez is the mother of reelectionist Sen. JV Ejercito, Estrada's half-uncle.
The former president, the family patriarch, first occupied the mayoralty in 1969 and remained in the position until 1986, after which he sought national positions, first as senator, then vice president, and finally chief executive in 1998.

He was ousted in 2001 over corruption allegations and convicted of plunder in 2007. He was later pardoned and returned to politics, becoming Manila Mayor in 2013.

Estrada's father Jinggoy also served as San Juan Mayor from 1992 to 2001. He is out on bail over plunder charges for alleged involvement in the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.

The Estradas and the Zamoras were long-time political allies until 2013, when the Estradas fielded Jana Ejercito, Erap’s niece, to run for the congressional seat against Ronaldo Zamora. Zamora won by less than 2,000 votes.

The elder Zamora has also won his bid to return to the House of Representatives, edging out actor Edu Manzano in the race for San Juan Representative. Zamora got 34,331 votes, while Manzano, who faced last minute disqualification over his citizenship, got 22,858 votes.

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