The election in San Juan City next year will be a battle between two big political clans who were once allies.
House minority leader Ronaldo Zamora and his son, Vice Mayor Francis Zamora announced on Tuesday that they will run in a bid to end the reign of the Estrada clan who had been in power for 46 years.
Francis, who formally declared his mayoral bid at the San Juan Elementary School, will run against Mayor Guia Gomez who is seeking her third and last term.
“Simula sa araw na ito, malaya na ang San Juan sa isang pamilya na pilit tayong sinasakal (Beginning today, San Juan is free from the clutches of a family that had strangled us for years)” Zamora said as he urged some 1,000 supporters to “stand and fight.”
Francis’s father will seek another term at the House of Representatives. He will be facing anew the cousin of Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Janella Ejercito.
Zamora, 37, challenged Gomez to face him in a public debate.
He vowed to give priority to education, health, and investment if he wins.
“Hindi po natin gagawing negosyo ang San Juan. San Juan Todo Asenso? Pamilya lang ata nila ang ‘Todo Asenso’… We will serve with utmost transparency, honesty and accountability (We will not make a business out of San Juan. Their (Estrada) family is the only one that prospered),” he said.
Gomez dared Zamora to prove his claim.
“Wasn’t he part of my administration? His father (as well)?” she stressed.
She also declined the challenge of Zamora for a public debate.
“It’s not my cup of tea,” she said.