Sinimot ang kaban! Guia Gomez leaves Francis Zamora with P1-B debt

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San Juan City is mired in a P1-billion debt after former Mayor Guia Gomez left office, Mayor Francis Zamora said.

Addressing city hall employees Monday, Zamora said a huge chunk of the debt incurred by Gomez went to the construction of San Juan’s new city hall and the expansion of San Juan Medical Center.

While the former mayor turned over P1.3 billion to Zamora, he said he is now only left with P300 million to spend after deducting payables and funds allocated for specific projects.

He added that the city government will likely have a P100-million deficit by the end of the year despite a projected collection of P700 million in taxes because its expenses has reached P1.1 billion.

“This is all based on official documents provided by the finance committee of the local government,” he said. “I am inviting the COA central office to probe the transactions of the past administrations to make it clear just how much was really left to me.”

Zamora’s disclosure about the debt Gomez’s administration incurred came at the heels of a Commission on Audit report which found her former lover, ex-Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, left a P4.3-billion deficit to his successor, Isko Moreno.

Estrada also served as mayor of San Juan for 17 years. Zamora defeated his granddaughter, former San Juan Vice Mayor Jel Estrada, in the mayoralty race.