By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Outgoing San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez congratulated her step granddaughter’s political opponents following their win in the midterm elections, and hoped that their campaign agendas for the San Juaneños will be fulfilled.
“I take this opportunity to congratulate Congressman Ronny Zamora, Mayor-elect Francis Zamora and Vice Mayor-elect Warren Villa on their electoral victory,” the three-term mayor said in a Facebook post
“All your hard work during the campaign have paid off. It is my hope that your campaign promises will become a reality so that San Juaneños will continue to shine brightly in the future,” the 77-year-old local chief executive said.
After three consecutive terms as mayor, Gomez will step down in June and will hand over her seat to former opponent Francis, who previously challenged her for the city’s top post in the 2016 General Elections.
In a historic feat, Francis defeated Gomez’s step granddaughter, incumbent Vice Mayor Janella Ejercito-Estrada in the mayoralty race with a lead of 10,247 votes.
Francis’ father, Congressman Ronny Zamora, was reelected for his last term and will again represent the lone district of San Juan in the House of Representatives following his win against actor Edu Manzano.
Meanwhile, the vice mayoralty seat, which will be vacated by Janella next month, went to Francis’ running mate Warren Villa after acquiring 28,882 votes against the 24,465 votes of Boy Celles.
“I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I know that you have the qualities of leadership that will make a difference in the current political scenario in the City of San Juan. Congratulations and God bless,” Gomez said. #MatalinongBoto2019