Re-electionists, political clans dominate NCR polls

ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group

MANILA — Change may have come in the presidency, but in the National Capital Region (NCR), it was anything but.

The NCR saw slight changes in rulers as re-electionists, mostly members of political clans, conquered the 2016 elections. Some handed their crowns from one family member to another, while some have made a comeback after years of hiatus in local politics.

Asiong trumps Dirty Harry—again

Probably because of the tax reforms he implemented, incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada beat former Mayor Alfredo Lim for the second time but by a surprisingly slim margin of votes. Estrada’s running mate, Honey Lacuna, also won against Lim’s running mate, Ali Atienza, whom he forged alliance with at the last minute to beat Estrada.

(READ: Erap beats Lim, wins second term)

Familiar surnames also dominated the congressional races: Nationalist People’s Coalition’s (NPC) Manny Lopez, son of former Manila Mayor Mel Lopez, in the first district; LP’s unopposed Carlo Lopez, son of the late Congressman Jaime Lopez, in the second district; and former councilor Edward Maceda, son of former senator Ernesto Maceda, in the fourth district. Manny Lopez and Maceda respectively beat Roberto Asilo and Annie Bonoan.

Cristal Bagatsing emerged victorious in the fifth congressional district race, replacing her father, losing mayoral candidate and outgoing Rep. Amado Bagatsing. Rosenda Ann “Sandy” Ocampo secured her third and final term in the sixth district.

Actor and Asenso Manileño’s Yul Servo Nieto successfully put an end to the 16-year reign of the Angpings in the second district as he beat Harry Angping, husband of three-time Rep. Maria Zenaida.

Yellow city

Quezon City remained a yellow stronghold as the Liberal Party won most of the city’s key positions: district representatives, mayor and vice mayor.

LP incumbents Herbert Bautista and Joy Belmonte retained their seats for the third and final terms as mayor and vice mayor. Joy is the daughter of House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, who also secured his final term as fourth district representative.

(READ: Herbert Bautista leads QC mayoral race)

All other LP aspirants in the congressional race won, except for the first district, in which former Rep. Bingbong Crisologo of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) unseated incumbent Boy Calalay of the LP.

LP’s Winnie Castelo of second district, Jorge John Banal Jr. of third, actor Alfred Vargas of fifth, and Kit Belmonte sixth, were all unopposed in the congressional race.

Back in Makati

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s UNA dominated Makati once again as its candidates won all of the city’s key government seats: mayor, vice mayor and district representatives, trouncing LP candidates.

The Binays would again take hold of the highest seat in the city, as Abby Binay, Jejomar’s daughter and outgoing second district representative, won the mayoral position against acting mayor Kid Peña (LP). Monique Lagdameo, Abby’s running mate and outgoing first district representative, won the vice mayoralty race against LP’s Boyet Cruzado.

(READ: Only Binay in Makati: Abby wins)

In the congressional race, Luis Campos replaced his wife, Abby, in the second district, while action star Monsour del Rosario replaced Lagdameo in the first district. Both defeated LP aspirants in their respective positions.

Ejercitos keep grip

The Ejercitos kept control of the San Juan City as independent candidate and incumbent Mayor Guia Gomez was re-elected on her third and final term against NP candidate and incumbent Vice Mayor Francis Zamora. Meanwhile, independent candidate Janella Marie Ejercito, daughter of jailed Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, won the vice mayoralty against Zamora’s running mate and incumbent Councilor Rolando Bernardo.

(READ: Guia Gomez, Jinggoy's daughter win in San Juan)

In the congressional race, Rep. Ronny Zamora was re-elected on his second term. He ran under NP and won over Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s niece, Jana Ejercito (IND).

The Zamoras and Estradas used to be political allies in San Juan City until 2013, when the Ejercitos fielded Gomez again as mayor, contrary to the family’s promise to the Zamoras that they would end their reign in the city’s mayoralty.

Eusebios reign

The Eusebios retained their positions in Pasig City as former Mayor Bobby Eusebio (NP) replaced his wife, Maribel, by a decisive win against independent candidate Odylon Vincent Ramos.

Bobby’s brother, incumbent second district councilor Ricky Eusebio, won in the lone district congressional race against Mons Romulo (NPC), sister of outgoing Rep. Roman Romulo, and incumbent first district councilor Ian Sia (LP).

The Eusebios have been in control of Pasig City for 24 years now.

Incumbent Vice Mayor Iyo Caruncho Bernardo (LP) won his second term against independent candidate Baltazar Iglesia.

Wives replace husbands

The Gonzales and Abalos families have continued to dominate the congressional and mayoral posts in Mandaluyong City. Queenie Gonzales (LP) and Menchie Abalos (UNA) replaced their respective husbands, outgoing lone district Rep. Boyet Gonzales and Mayor Benhur Abalos, who are in their third and final terms. Menchie is the city’s first female mayor.

Abalos’s running-mate, outgoing first district Councilor Anthony Suva (UNA), also won the vice mayoral post over the incumbent Edward Bartolome (LP).

Bayani’s comeback

Six years after losing in the vice presidential race in 2010, former Marikina Mayor and MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando (NPC) made a comeback as the city’s new first district representative, beating incumbent Councilor Samuel Ferriol (LP).

NPC candidate and outgoing first district Rep. Marcy Teodoro unseated incumbent Mayor Del de Guzman (LP). Re-electionist Jose Fabian Cadiz won his last term as the vice mayor against NPC’s Marion Andres.

In the second district, LP spokesman Miro Quimbo ran unopposed for his third and final term.

Malapitan trounces Echiverri

In Caloocan City, incumbent Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan of the NP prevented Recom Echiverri’s mayoralty by a landslide win. Echiverri is the city’s first district representative. Oca’s running mate Maca Asistio, who ran under PMP, won his second term as vice mayor.

The LP won by a landslide in two congressional districts against NPC contenders: Oca’s father, Along Malapitan, against Susana Punzalan in the first district and LP spokesman Edgar Erice against Mitch Cajayun-Uy in the second district.

Gatchalian family

The Gatchalians kept their grip in Valenzuela City as brothers Rexlon and Wesley Gatchalian won by a landslide in their respective races: Rexlon against outgoing second district Rep. Magi Gunigundo in the mayoralty; and Wesley in the first district congressional race, replacing his older brother, senatorial candidate Sherwin. Sherwin is at the 10th spot in the senatorial race, as of writing.

The brothers, dubbed as Valenzuela’s “Three Kings”, are all part of the NPC.

(READ: Gatchalian elated over reelection in Valenzuela)

Outgoing Vice Mayor Eric Martinez of PDP-Laban defeated Gunigundo’s wife, Adel, of the LP.

Rexlon’s running mate, second district councilor Lorie Natividad-Borja (NPC) won as the city’s vice mayor against Mar Morelos (LP).


Former Malabon-Navotas Rep. Ricky Sandoval (NPC) made a comeback in Malabon City as he beat President Aquino’s aunt, former Sen. Tessie Oreta, in the congressional race.

Tessie’s son, incumbent Mayor Len-len Oreta of the LP retained his position against outgoing representative Jaye Lacson-Noel of the NPC. Len-len first assumed mayor in 2012, when his uncle died of lung cancer. He has held the position since.

Meanwhile, Ricky’s wife and incumbent Malabon City Vice Mayor Jeannie Sandoval (NP) was re-elected for her second term. She won over LP’s Jap Garcia.

Tiangco brothers

Re-electionist Toby Tiangco of UNA would serve his third and final term as congressman of Navotas following a landslide win against Dong Luna (IND), ahead by some 80,000 votes. Tiangco is UNA president.

The mayoral and vice-mayoral candidates ran unopposed under UNA’s local party, NAVOTEÑO. Toby’s brother, incumbent Mayor John Rey Tiangco would also be on his final term. Vice Mayor-elect Clint Geronimo would be on his second term.


The Aguilar-Villar clan maintained their rule over Las Piñas City as members kept grip of the congressional and mayoral seats. All are members of the NP.

Mark Villar, son of Sen. Cynthia Villar and former Sen. Manny Villar, was re-elected for the third time as the lone district representative. His aunt, Imelda Aguilar, was proclaimed as mayor, replacing her husband Vergel “Nene” Aguilar. Nene is the brother of Cynthia.

Aguilar’s running mate, re-electionist Louie Bustamante, retained his position as vice mayor.

Fresnedi beats San Pedro

LP’s incumbent mayor Jaime Fresnedi won the tight and contentious race to the mayoralty against former mayor, UNA’s Aldrin San Pedro. Tensions marred the proclamation of winners in Muntinlupa City as San Pedro’s supporters barricaded the city hall and claimed Fresnedi cheated in the elections. Fresnedi’s running mate, Celso Dioko, won as vice mayor.

(WATCH: Protesta sa Muntinlupa, nauwi sa tensyon)

The Biazons remained unscathed in the city’s lone congressional seat as former Customs commissioner Ruffy Biazon defeated former actor and Optical Media Board Chair Ronnie Ricketts of UNA. Both were accused of corruption before the Ombudsman. Biazon replaced his father Rodolfo.

Calixtos of Pasay

LP candidate and incumbent representative Emi Calixto-Rubiano was re-elected on her third and final term. She won over independent candidate Atty. Sonny Quial by a wide margin.

Incumbent Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto (LP) retained his position for his third term. He won over UNA candidate Dr. Lito Roxas. Calixto’s running mate Boyet del Rosario (LP) won as vice mayor over incumbent Marlon Pasebre or Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

Cayetanos win key positions in Taguig

Taguig City remained a Cayetano and NP stronghold as all their candidates won key positions: outgoing Sen. Pia Cayetano replaced her brother, lone district Rep. Lino Cayetano; incumbent Mayor Lani Cayetano, wife of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, ran unopposed for her third and final term; and Vice Mayor Ricardo Cruz Jr. also ran unopposed for his second term.

Olivarez of Paranaque

The Olivarez family continued to reign in Parañaque City as the sons of former Mayor Pablo Olivarez, Eric and Edwin, won the first congressional district and mayoral races. Eric secured his second term while Edwin, who ran unopposed, his third and final term. They both ran under the LP banner.

Second district Rep. Gus Tambunting of UNA won his second term against former Rep. Roilo Golez, who ran independently, by a slim margin of 3,000 votes.

LP’s Rico Golez, Roilo’s son, was re-elected for his third and final term as vice mayor.

IND candidates, re-electionists rule in Pateros

Independent candidate Ike Ponce finally won the mayoralty after losing twice. He defeated five other contenders, including actress and incumbent second district Rep. Daisy Reyes.

Re-electionist Vice Mayor Gerald German won his second term. He ran under LP in 2013 and as independent candidate this 2016. In the lone district of Taguig City-Pateros, re-electionist Rep. Arnel Cerafica of LP won his third and final term.