De facto leader? Jinggoy says won't meddle in San Juan affairs if daughter becomes mayor

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Posted at Apr 04 2019 03:29 PM

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Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada said Thursday he would not meddle in governance matters in San Juan City if his daughter Janella wins the mayoralty. 

Francis Zamora, the city's former vice mayor, had alleged that the business community in San Juan is "very worried that if Janella wins, Jinggoy will be back as mayor." 

"My daughter is very competent. She's competent enough to run the affairs of the local government of San Juan" the elder Estrada told ANC of his 29-year-old daughter. 

"There's no need for me to interfere," added Estrada, who is seeking a return to the Senate in the upcoming elections. 

Estrada also denied that the city did not progress when he was still mayor from 1992 to 2001, as Zamora had alleged.

The city's budget grew to P300 million by the end of his term, from P60 million when he was first elected, said Estrada. 

As senator, he said he also pushed for changing San Juan's status into a city from municipality, which he said increased its internal revenue allotment. 

Zamora is running against the younger Estrada in a bid to end the half-century long rule of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada's clan in San Juan.

ANC, 4 April 2019