After failed recall petition, Zamora runs again for San Juan mayor
Former vice mayor Francis Zamora seeks to replace Mayor Guia Gomez in San Juan. He is up against the current vice mayor, Janella Estrada.
MANILA, Philippines – Despite losing in the 2016 elections and the unsuceesful recall proceedings against Mayor Guia Gomez, former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora will once again run for mayor of the small but developed city.
On Wednesday, October 17, Zamora filed his certificate of candidacy with the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) office, holding the promise of a “new San Juan” for its residents after decades of being a stronghold of the powerful Ejercito-Estrada political clan.
“Nawala na kasi ‘yung genuine public service eh. Kumbaga naging stagnant ang San Juan. Napag-iwanan na kami ng ibang lungsod,” Zamora explained to Rappler in a phone interview his reason for seeking the top post again.
(Genuine public service has been lost. It’s like San Juan has stagnated. We have been left behind by other cities.)
Zamora will be running under the ruling but divided party PDP-Laban, alongside his reelectionist congressman father Ronaldo Zamora.
Zamora’s defeats: A renewed San Juan – this was also Zamora’s battlecry in 2016, when he went up against Gomez, who has a son with former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Senator JV Ejercito.