San Juan City (Metro Manila) Mayor Guia Gomez on Monday endorsed the 2016 presidential bid of former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd.
Gomez, a partner of former President Joseph Estrada and mother of Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, said she decided to support the candidacy of Roxas, the administration’s standard-bearer, because he had helped her in the construction of in-city housing projects for her constituents.
“We [in San Juan]will never forget all of your [Roxas] efforts to help San Juan, despite the fact that we belong to different political parties. You transcended party lines and considered instead the plight of the needy ones on this matter,” the mayor said in her speech in front of hundreds of employees, barangay [village]officials and city councilors during flag raising ceremony at San Juan City Hall.
Gomez said she had sleepless nights before making her decision.
The mayor earlier said she was having a hard time choosing whom to support in the 2016 presidential elections because of her ties to Roxas, Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“It was a difficult decision because of family. I have had sleepless nights thinking on how we can repay you for all your love and care for us. Until it came to my mind, that maybe it is now my turn to cross party lines for the betterment of [the people of San Juan]. I have come to a decision that to express my personal gratitude for all of these, you will have my support this coming May elections,” she added.
“Mar has always been a constant friend of San Juan. He has always been there for us,” Gomez said.
The mayor, however, clarified that choosing Roxas was just a “personal choice” as she stressed that she has her own mind.
“The [Ejercito-Estrada] family may be split, but I have already made up my mind,” Gomez said.
When asked if she would convince her son JV to also support Roxas, the mayor replied, “I cannot promise anything. They have their own minds.”
But JV also on Monday said he will be supporting the candidacy of his fellow senator, Poe, in this year’s presidential elections.
Roxas thanked Gomez and said he is honored to receive the mayor’s endorsement.
But Mayor Estrada, the clan patriarch, is yet to announce whom he will support in the 2016 polls.
The clan’s former allies and now political rivals, the Zamoras, are supporting the candidacy of Poe, who grew up in San Juan City.