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This time it’s the granddaughter

Alvin Murcia



After two sons and a partner succeeded him as mayor, it is now up to his granddaughter to try her bid to lead the City of San Juan.

San Juan City Vice Mayor Janella Estrada, daughter of former Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and granddaughter of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada will run for mayor of San Juan City in next year’s mid-term elections. Janella is running against former Vice Mayor Francis Zamora, son of Rep. Ronaldo “Ronny” Zamora, another powerful clan in the city.

Incumbent Mayor Guia Gomez, who is now on her third and final term as local chief executive, earlier had endorsed Janella as her successor.

Gomez, partner of “Erap” and mother of Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, said she would no longer seek any elective position.

In a phone interview, Janella said, she is “determined and positive on what could be transpired in the 2019 election.” She bears a tagline “One San Juan” which seeks unity among all San Juaneños.

“I am proud of my accomplishments as Vice Mayor of the city. It is my wish for residents of our city to join hands and unite under my leadership,” Janella said, adding she would file her certificate of candidacy on 16 October, Tueaday at San Juan’s Comelec office.

Meanwhile, Zamora, who lost with a slim margin to Gomez in the 2016 elections, is making a political comeback for an “unfinished business.” He earlier said, he would consider running again for mayor of San Juan City.

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