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San Juan mayor gets more support from city council

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The tide has changed in San Juan City politics with Mayor Francis Zamora now enjoying the support of a majority of the city council.

This, after Councilors Boyet Aquino, Raissa Laurel, Vincent Pacheco and Kit Peralta jumped the political fence, and left the camp of the Ejercito-Estradas.

Liga ng mga Barangay president Herbert Chua and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation president Ariel Atad have also joined the camp of Zamora.

They now form the majority bloc with Councilors Paul Artadi, Totoy Bernardo and Bea de Guzman, who were Zamora’s partymates in the midterm elections.

Moreover, the city’s 21 barangay captains have also pledged their support to the leadership of the city mayor.

The minority of the city council is now only composed of five opposition councilors, including Councilor Jana Ejercito—the niece of former President Joseph Ejercito-Estrada. She is the lone member of the Ejercito-Estrada clan who won in the midterm polls.

Now that Zamora has the majority of the city council’s support, the road is clear for his sweeping programs and projects which he had vowed to undertake.

These include the construction of the high-rise in-city public housing for city’s informal settlers, the installation of free WiFi connection in all barangays, and the modernization of the San Juan Medical Center.

“This is a big thing in order for us to implement our planned programs and project in San Juan,” Zamora said.

“Of course, we need the city council to pass our proposed ordinances and resolutions. We also need the support of the barangay captains for the implementation of the programs,” he added.

The result of the midterm elections has changed political landscape in San Juan after Zamora defeated former Vice Mayor Janella Ejercito-Estrada in the mayoral race.

Majority of San Juan voters also reelected his father, Cong. Ronaldo “Ronny” Zamora, for his third and final term as representative of the city’s lone district.

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