‘I did not sell city hall’


Nobody can stop her from serving the people, San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez said yesterday, adding she will go back to non-government organizations (NGO) when her term ends this year.

On her third and final term as San Juan local chief executive, Gomez earlier had said she would no longer run for any elective position in the 2019 midterm elections.

San Juan Mayor Guia is returning to her NGO and not seeking any elective post this year.

“I was a former member of different NGO. I’ll go back to all of them,” Gomez, partner of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and mother of Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, told this reporter.

Before she entered politics in 2010, Gomez served as national president of the Balikatan sa Kaunlaran Foundation, a women’s movement that provides and conducts livelihood trainings and seminars to millions of Filipino women.

The lady mayor was also a former honorary chairman of the Philippine Red Cross-San Juan Chapter.

“In my time as chairman of Red Cross, that branch has been awarded as one of the best because you know will always want to be the best,” she laughed.

“I was never a barangay captain, a councilor, whatever. It was my son [Senator Ejercito] who pushed me to become mayor. But I did not disappoint him. I did not sell city hall,” she added.

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