Zamora to review San Juan City’s deals
Romina Cabrera (The Philippine Star) - May 26, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — For the first time, all deals of the San Juan City government will be subjected to a review.

“Only time will tell what we will find out,” Mayor-elect Francis Zamora said in an interview with “The Chiefs” on Cignal TV’s One News. 

Zamora said the audit process would “begin very soon” as he is set to assume office on July 1.

He will replace outgoing Mayor Guia Gomez, whose family has ruled the city for almost five decades.

He said the audit of P2.5 billion worth of contracts is part of his promise to provide transparent governance under his term. 

Aside from the expenditure review, Zamora said he wants to realign the executive agenda of the city in line with their goals and plans for the next three years.

Zamora has the backing of his father, Ronaldo, who won office as the representative of the lone district of San Juan. 

The full audit comes after Zamora won by 10,000 votes over outgoing Vice Mayor Janella Ejercito Estrada, ending the family’s hold over San Juan. 

Gomez and outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s son, JV Ejercito, was mayor from 2001 to 2010.

His half-brother, Jinggoy Estrada, also held the city’s top post.

Zamora said the rule of the Estrada family in San Juan has been “too long.” Estrada first became mayor in 1969.

“In the last 50 years, the Estradas made (residents) think this is the norm, that this is the... pinnacle of the city. But I know there are many things that can be done,” he said.

Zamora said he will focus on health care, in-city relocation and digitalization.        

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