EIGHTEEN of the 21 barangay (village) chairmen of San Juan City (Metro Manila) are still backing Mayor Guia Gomez, who is seeking her last and final term as mayor in the May 2016 elections.
As part of their Valentine’s Day gift to Gomez, the village chiefs issued a manifesto expressing their support to the mayor.
[This [manifesto]is our way of expressing our gratitude to the devoted service of the mayor],” Allen Silvano, president of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa San Juan, said.
The mayor’s rival is Vice Mayor Francis Zamora, a son of the Gomezes’ long-time friend and former ally, House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora.
The older Zamora served as executive secretary during the term of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
The rift started last year when the Zamoras accused the Estradas of dumping them to give way to Councilor Janella Estrada, a daughter of detained Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, and Jana Ejercito, a cousin of Jinggoy and Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito.
Janella is the running mate of Mayor Gomez, while Jana is running for congressman against the older Zamora, who is seeking his last term as San Juan City representative.
NEIL A. ALCOBER