Francis Zamora renews mayoral bid in Ejercito-bulwark San Juan

Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2018 04:24 PM

Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor of San Juan City on Wednesday. Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora is renewing his mayoral bid in San Juan City for the May 2019 elections.

Zamora, who ran and lost to outgoing Mayor Guia Gomez in 2016, filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the top local executive post of San Juan City on Wednesday.

He was accompanied by his family and friends, including basketball star James Yap, when he filed his COC.

Zamora will be running against Janella Ejercito, the 28-year-old daughter of former Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

"Nakita ko ang tao gusto na bumaklas. This is nothing personal. Nandito po sila sapagkat sila ay naniniwala na tayo ay maglilingkod ng tapat,” Zamora said.

(I saw the people want change. They are here because they believe that we will serve honestly.)

“Napag-iwanan ang San Juan ng ibang lungsod. Kung ako manalo, ipapakita natin sa lahat ano pwede maiganda ng San Juan,” he added.

(San Juan has been left behind by other cities. If I will win, we will show the rest of the country how much San Juan can still improve.)

San Juan has been under the leadership of the Ejercito clan for more than 40 years already.

Zamora had filed for a recall of the 2016 elections but it did not push through. 

If Ms. Ejercito wins in next year's polls, she will be the fifth in the Ejercito family to land the top local executive position in the city for almost five decades.

Zamora is running under President Rodrigo Duterte's PDP-Laban political party while Ejercito is part of her grandfather, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada's Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) party.