• Mayor tells critics: Stop mud-slinging

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    SAN Juan City (Metro Manila) Mayor Guia Gomez on Tuesday appealed to her critics to raise the standard of political discourse and focus on their respective platforms and vision for the city.

    Gomez, who is seeking her third and final term as mayor, brushed aside “malicious insinuations” by her political detractors regarding projects that the local government has begun.

    “By elevating the campaign rhetoric, and not to ad hominem, we would be helping the [San Juan] voters to have a better informed opinion and choice on election day,” the mayor said in a statement.

    Gomez, a partner of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and mother of Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, said it pained her that her critics would rather concentrate on the negative side, quickly and understandably leaving out of context the efforts being exerted by the local government.

    She particularly referred to the San Juan Medical Center, built more than 20 years ago, where critics said the local government is spending P178 million a year to maintain and run it.

    “The medical center is programmed for modernization of its facilities and equipment, as witnessed by recent turnover of supplies from the Department of Health [DOH],” Gomez said.

    The supplies included 21 weighing scales, 20 glucometers, 40 boxes of glucometer strips and 21 pulse oximeters.

    The DOH also turned over nine glucometers with lancets and 500 strips, 45 units of digital BP apparatus and 116 vials of pneumococcal vaccine.

    Last November and December, 3,000 doses of flu vaccine were availed of by the city’s senior citizens and people with disability.

    The mayor’s rival in the may 9 elections this year 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 Estrada administration.

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