MANILA - The May 13 midterm elections saw some decades-long rule and durable political figures fall, and for a governance expert, this sends a strong message to a country controlled by political dynasties.
"A dynasty can only last for so long," lawyer and former Ateneo School of Government Dean Antonio La Viña told "Bandila."
In the Philippine capital, former vice mayor and actor Isko Moreno is leading the mayoralty race. He dethroned former president and incumbent mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada, who was seeking a third and final term.
The Estrada-Ejercito clan, which held control over San Juan City for 5 decades, also suffered defeat in the mayoralty race. Former vice mayor Francis Zamora defeated Janella Ejercito Estrada, daughter of senatorial candidate Jinggoy Estrada.
The Eusebios, who have been in power in Pasig City since 1992, were toppled by Vico Sotto, the son of screen of veterans Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes.
"This is the positive part of the night. You can actually topple dynasties and giants," said La Viña.
Good campaigns, he said, could be attributed for the success of the mayoral bids of Sotto, Moreno, and Zamora.
"Very simple lang naman. Pagbabago, huwag na itong mga luma, try something new," La Viña said.
He added, "Sa totoo lang, if you also go around the country, 'yun ang pinaka-depressing sa politika natin. It's the same family, it's the same family names, at parang hopeless."
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