MANILA - Mayor-elect Francis Zamora made history by ending the almost 50-year rule of the Ejercito-Estrada clan in San Juan City.
Zamora defeated former senator Jinggoy Estrada's daughter Janella Ejercito Estrada in the May 13 midterm elections.
"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 told Bandila.
(We made history today because we did not allow them to reach 50 years, we stopped them at 49 years. I thank the city of San Juan for trusting me and believing in what I fight for, my programs and platform.)
"Mula noong araw na ipinanganak ako, sila na po ang nakaupo hanggang ngayon, at nagdesisyon na po ang mga mamamayan ng lungsod ng San Juan na tama na po ang 5 dekada. Tama na po ang 50 taon," Zamora added.
(From the day I was born, they have been in power, and now, the people have decided that five decades is enough. Fifty years is enough.)
Zamora credits his victory to giving the people of San Juan something new.
"Kumbaga, gusto nating ipakita sa San Juan, ano ba 'yung puwedeng baguhin, ano ba 'yung puwedeng ikaganda pa. Ang San Juan po, napag-iwanan na ng iba't ibang lungsod sa Metro Manila. Napag-iwanan na ng Taguig, ng Mandaluyong. Kumbaga, napag-iwanan na ang serbisyo," he said.
(In a way, we want to show San Juan what we can change, what we can improve. San Juan has been left behind by other cities in Metro Manila. We're behind Taguig, Mandaluyong. In a way, we're left behind in terms of services.)
Among the first things Zamora said he will do is to review all the projects and policies implemented by previous administration.
"Kung maganda naman ang ginagawa, itutuloy natin. 'Pag hindi maganda, 'yun ang babaguhin natin. Hindi naman ito total overhaul. We will review the structure, the systems, the policies," he said.
(If the policy is good, we will continue it. If it's not, then we will change it. This will not be a total overhaul. We will review the structure, the systems, the policies.)
Zamora, son of longtime lawmaker Ronaldo Zamora, got 35,060 votes, while Estrada received 24,813 votes.
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.