No repeat of 2016: San Juan's Zamora vows victory vs Estrada
In his miting de avance speech on Saturday, May 11, he said it's time for his much-awaited comeback, after losing by a hairline against Estrada's family in 2016.
"Alam 'nyo naman po 'yung pinagdaanan natin mula 2016. Alam 'nyo naman po ang ating pagod, luha, sakripisyo na pinagdaanan sa loob ng 3 napakahabang taon," Zamora said onstage at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan as he addressed thousands of supporters in red.
(You all know what I went through in 2016. You know the exhaustion, tears, and sacrifice that we went through in the past 3 long years)
As Janella Ejercito Estrada's miting de avance nears its conclusion, Francis Zamora's only begins. Watch the scene here at the Filoil Flying V Center as the PDP Laban San Juan mayoral bet enters. #PHVote pic.twitter.com/GxAS9bBeUT— Rambo Talabong (@rambotalabong) May 11, 2019
Referring to his father Ronaldo Zamora, he added: "Kahit po natalo po tayo noong 2016, naniwala po siya sa akin. Ang sabi niya 'wag kang mag-alala, tatlong taon lang 'yan. Babawi rin tayo. Ito na po 'yun ngayon." (Even if we lost in 2016. He believed in me. He said, "Don't worry, that's only 3 years. We will come back." This is it.)
What's different now? He believes he is far more qualified than Estrada, and that he has long conquered the deficit of over a thousand votes that made him lose in 2016.
Zamora also now enjoys the backing of popular President Rodrigo Duterte. While the President has also endorsed his rival Estrada, he stressed that he was the official candidate. Zamora also possesses the backing of the bloc-voting Iglesia ni Cristo.
He appeared to be unfazed by the Ejercito-Estrada machinery that won them the leadership of San Juan for 5 decades. Zamora claimed that it will end after May 13.
"Ngayong gabi, nagsalita na po ang ating mamamayan. Nagsalita na po kayo, at nakita ko kayo ang nagdesisyon na palitan na ang sistema, baguhin ang pamamalakad, at 'yan po, paparating na po ang bagong Lungson ng San Juan," Zamora said.
(Tonight, our people have spoken. You have spoken, and I see that you have decided to replace the system, change the administration, and there, the new San Juan is about to come.) – Rappler.com