By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Vice Mayor Janella Estrada vows to continue the anti-illegal drugs campaign in San Juan City if elected as mayor.
“We will continue the fight that we started against illegal drugs,” Estrada, mayoralty candidate of Team One San Juan, said in Filipino.
“If you can remember three years ago, I said that even [if] I am a woman, I am not afraid to chase after drug pushers and drug addicts here in San Juan,” said the daughter of senatorial bet Jinggoy Ejercito-Estrada who was only three years old when her father ran as city mayor in San Juan.
Estrada, who will be the fourth member of the Ejercito-Estrada clan to become city mayor if she wins, said that a month after she took office as vice mayor, they already made a “concrete program” for drug surrenderees called “Rehab sa Barangay.”
“Where drug surrenderees who finished the program were given a new hope and another chance by working for the city government as employees at the city hall,” Estrada said.
“Kong dati, tinatawag natin silang salot sa lipunan, ngayon ay pwede na natin silang tawaging mga lingkod-bayan (Before we call them as a plague in our society, now we can call them as public servants),” she said.
For the city’s campaign against illegal drugs, Estrada said that San Juan City was recognized by various government agencies such as the Dangerous Drugs Board, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and, the Department of Interior of Local Government.
“San Juan City was also made as the ‘model city’ of other nearby cities and even in the provinces. They replicated our ‘Rehab sa Barangay,’” Estrada said.
The 29-year-old politician is running against Francis Zamora, son of re-electionist Congressman Ronny Zamora, for the city’s top position.
If she wins, Estrada will replace her step-grandmother—outgoing Mayor Guia Gomez who governed the city for three consecutive terms.