MANILA, Philippines – Former Vice Mayor Francis Zamora tries again to get the mayoral seat of San Juan City, challenging the powerful machinery and time-tested name of the Ejercito-Estrada clan.
In 2016, he ran and lost against Guia Gomez, who was able to complete her 3 terms as San Juan’s local chief executive. Gomez is the mother of Senator JV Ejercito. His father is former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
Zamora tried to challenge Gomez’s victory by backing a recall petition filed by his supporters. But the Commission on Elections (Comelec) failed to finish the verification of signatures and hold an election before May 13, 2018. Recall polls are banned a year before a regular election.
For the 2019 polls, Zamora is facing Janella Ejercito-Estrada, the daughter of senatorial candidate Jinggoy Estrada who seeks to extend the 5-decade grip of her family in San Juan.
Running again on the promise of a “new San Juan”, could Zamora finally win against the vaunted Ejercito-Estrada family?
Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong sits down with Zamora. Tune in to #TheLeaderIWant on Thursday April 25, at 3 pm. – Rappler.com