THE most interesting electoral contest could be in San Juan City where the mayoral contenders have split the coveted Duterte support.
President Rodrigo Duterte is endorsing for the next mayor of San Juan his party-mate Francis Zamora, while his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is backing incumbent Vice Mayor Janella Estrada.
“I am very thankful for the endorsement of President Duterte as PDP-Laban’s official mayoral candidate in San Juan. The endorsement of the president is a big thing as he has many supporters all over the country. It is a big help,” Zamora said.
Zamora, secretary general of PDP-Laban San Juan, was recently endorsed by Duterte in Laguna.
His hand was raised by the president during the party’s sortie there last week.
He said that the president’s endorsement is a big morale booster for him and his supporters in San Juan.
Meanwhile, Estrada was endorsed by the daughter of the president on Wednesday during Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s sortie in San Juan City.
Supporters of senatorial candidates endorsed by pro-administration HNP flocked early to the San Juan City Hall on Wednesday.
The regional party of presidential daughter Sarah Duterte is endorsing 13 senatorial aspirants including re-electionist Senators Cynthia Villar, Aquilino Pimentel III, JV Ejercito and Juan Edgardo Angara; former Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Pia Cayetano; Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, former national police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, former presidential legal adviser Francis Tolentino and former journalist Jiggy Manicad.
The younger Duterte raised the hand of Estrada as she endorsed her to become the next mayor of the city.
“I showed Mayor Sara our anti-illegal drug accomplishments here in San Juan, hopefully, she could relay this to Pres. Duterte in order to change his mind on who he will support,” Estrada said during the Hugpong event at Pinaglabanan Shrine.
“I am really thankful to Mayor Sara for endorsing the whole line up of ‘One San Juan.’ Despite that I was not the one endorsed by the president, I still support his advocacy. Actually, we have the same advocacy when I ran as vice mayor— to get rid of illegal drugs,” she said.