MANILA -- Mayor Joseph Estrada cast his vote on Monday seeking to extend his term for another 3 years despite accusations that he was expanding his family’s San Juan dynasty to this city.
Estrada, 82, insisted there was no such thing as a political dynasty, arguing that he and his family had been elected in free elections.
“The people decide for us. It’s the voice of the people so it’s the voice of God,” he told reporters after voting at the P. Burgos Elementary School in Sta. Mesa.
Estrada arrived from his long-time residence in San Juan where his family has been in control for 50 years.
Aside from Estrada, his daughter Jerika is running for councilor in Manila’s fourth district.
His granddaughter is gunning for the mayoralty of San Juan where the outgoing mayor is the mother of his son, Sen. JV Ejercito.
Ejercito and half-brother Jinggoy Estrada are both running senator and could end up vying for the 12th and final spot based on pre-election surveys.
“That’s the decision of the people,” Estrada said of his sons’ rivalry for senator.
Estrada’s mayoralty is being challenged by former Mayor Alfredo Lim and former Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, who both cast their votes earlier this morning.