LOCAL races in Metro Manila showed a few unexpected results, but the May 13 elections will best be remembered for the political downfall of the Estradas in Manila and San Juan, and the Eusebios in Pasig.
And while his daughter is still in control of Makati, this might also be a curtain call for Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, former Vice President and 2016 defeated presidential candidate. Now 76 years old, the longest serving mayor of Makati lost the city’s congressional race to one of his local critics.
Young turks Francisco “Isko” Moreno and Victor “Vico” Sotto defeated respectively 82-year-old incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and 50-year-old Mayor Bobby Eusebio of Pasig, who held the post probably since Sotto was still a toddler. Moreno is 44 years old. Sotto is 29 years old.
The father-and-son tandem of long-time San Juan Rep. Ronny and Francis Zamora shattered the Estradas in their main bailiwick, winning the city’s congressional and mayoral race in San Juan. Francis defeated Estrada’s granddaughter Janella.
The family of Ronny Zamora, former executive secretary of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, was for a long-time bankrolling the political career of Estrada who first became San Juan mayor in 1969.
Old-new names, families
Elsewhere in Metro Manila, the same old names and faces still dominated the 2019 polls. Members of the same political families--siblings, spouses, cousins, parents and their children--won in various positions.
Some of them reelectionists while others, having maxed out their respective term limits, merely swapped positions with each other.
Pasig: End of an era
The biggest twist came from Pasig City, where Vico Sotto of Aksyon Demokratiko, beat Eusebio by a margin of 87,516 votes, ending the reign of the Eusebios. Bobby Eusebio took the post in 2007. His father, Vicente, and mother, Soledad, took turns in holding the post between 1992 and 2007.
Bobby’s brother, incumbent Pasig Lone District Rep. Ricky Eusebio was likewise defeated by Sotto’s party mate Roman Romulo, a returning congressman. Romulo is the son of former Senator and Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo. He is also brother of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. His wife Shalani Soledad was former Valenzuela councilor.
The son of TV host-comedian Vic Sotto and actress Coney Reyes, Vico is not without political exposure. He is the nephew of Senate President Tito Sotto, son of the late Senator Vicente Y. Sotto. His cousin Gian is vice mayor-elect at neighboring Quezon City.
In another surprising victory, Manila, home to more than a million registered voters, chose former actor Isko Moreno (PDP-LABAN)over his old principals, Estrada and 89-year-old former mayor Alfredo Lim.
Moreno’s running mate, Honey Lacuna, who was Estrada’s running mate in 2016, also won the vice mayoralty.
Even Jerika Estrada Ejercito, Estrada’s daughter with former actress Laarni Enriquez, failed to secure a seat at the city council. Lacuna is daughter of former Manila Vice Mayor Danny Lacuna.
The city’s reelectionist district representatives are all able to retain their seats: Manny Lopez (NPC) at the 1st District, Yul Servo Nieto (PDP-LABAN) at the 3rd District, Edward Maceda (PMP) at the 4th District, and Cristal Bagatsing (KABAKA) at the 5th District.
Abby in; Junjun out
In the most controversial race in Metro Manila, incumbent Mayor Abby Binay (UNA) won by a landslide against her brother, former mayor Junjun Binay (UAM), continuing the family’s more than three-decade rule in the country’s financial capital. Abby won by a margin of more than 80 thousand votes against Junjun.
But their father Jojo Binay lost in the Makati 1st district congressional race to Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr., Junjun’s former vice mayor and LP candidate.
The Binay patriarch lost by nearly 6,000 votes to the former vice mayor, who was briefly city OIC after Junjun was dismissed by the Ombudsman in 2015.
His defeat might be the beginning of a new twist in the country’s financial district. Abby’s husband, Luis Campos Jr. (NPC), likewise won a second term as the city’s 2nd District Representative against PDP-LABAN bet Nemesio “King” Yabut Jr., son of former mayor Nemesio Yabut Sr. and brother of former mayor Nemesio Arturo Yabut, as well as two other independent candidates.
Cayetanos take Taguig, Pateros
Despite the disqualification cases lodged against them, Alan Peter Cayetano and wife Lani both emerged victorious in the congressional race in each of Taguig-Pateros’ two congressional districts.
Alan Peter’s youngest sibling, Lino, won the mayoralty against outgoing 1st District Rep. Arnel Cerafica of PDP-LABAN and Sonny Boy Andrade, an independent candidate.
Lino’s running mate, Ricardo Cruz Jr. (NP), won his third and last term as vice mayor against PDP-LABAN bet Jun Dueñas.
Over at neighboring Pateros, Mayor Ike Ponce and Vice Mayor Gerald German, both PDP-LABAN bets, got fresh mandates from the municipality’s 37,235 voters.
San Juan all to the Zamoras
After suffering defeat to Guia Gomez in 2016, Francis Zamora was finally able to clinch the mayoralty in this year’s polls against Janella Ejercito Estrada (PMP), Jinggoy’s daughter. The younger Zamora ended the Estradas’ nearly three decades of uninterrupted hold on San Juan’s top position.
Ronny Zamora won a third term as the city’s lone district representative by a margin of more than 11,000 votes over actor Edu Manzano, who suffered a setback after a Comelec panel disqualified him over questions of citizenship.
Sonny’s baby takes QC
In Metro Manila’s vote-richest city, three-term vice mayor Joy Belmonte (SBP), daughter of former House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, won by a margin of more than a hundred thousand votes against nearest rival, PDP-LABAN candidate Bingbong Crisologo, who was arrested on the eve of the elections for obstruction of justice due to alleged vote buying.
Crisologo’s son Onyx however, will take over the congressional seat vacated by his father at the 1st District.
Belmonte’s running mate, Gian Sotto, Senate President Tito Sotto’s son, won the vice mayoral race.
Too many Belmontes
Joy’s cousin Kit Belmonte won a third term as 6th District representative. Kit is the lone Belmonte who stayed with the Liberal Party after the family switched to the Serbisyo sa Bayan Party (SBP), which formed an alliance with Hugpong ng Pagbabago for the 2019 elections.
Two other Belmontes who ran for councilor, won: Mikey Belmonte in the 2nd District and Irene Belmonte in the 4th District.
Outgoing 2nd District Rep. Winnie Castelo (SBP) will be swapping positions with his wife, former actress and incumbent 2nd District councilor Precious Hipolito Castelo (NPC).
Former actor Alfred Vargas (PDP-LABAN) won a third term as 5th District representative, while his brother PM won as councilor. Another PDP-LABAN candidate, Bong Suntay, won as 4th District Representative while PFP bet Allan Benedict Reyes won in the 3rd District.
An Aguilar-Villar town
The Aguilar-Villar clan managed to keep its decades-long grip of the congressional, mayoral and vice mayoral seats in Las Piñas.
The mother-daughter tandem of Imelda “Mel” Tobias Aguilar (NPC) and April Aguilar (NPC) clinched the mayoral and vice mayoral positions, respectively. Imelda is the wife of former three-term city mayor Vergel “Nene” Aguilar, Cynthia Villar’s brother. This is the first time for April to run for office.
Camille Villar (NP) takes the congressional seat long held by her parents, billionaire couple Senator Cynthia and former Senate President Manny Villar, and brother Mark, now public works secretary. She won by a landslide 173,917 votes, a far cry from her lone contender, independent Jerry Delos Reyes’ 19,791 votes.
Musical chairs in Pasay
The Calixtos will maintain their dominance in Pasay City, with siblings Mayor Tony Calixto and District Representative Emi Calixto-Rubiano swapping seats in this year’s polls. Both carried the PDP-LABAN banner.
Despite his adoption of sister Megastar Sharon’s name in the ballot, Cesar “ChetSharon” Cuneta, former Mayor Pablo Cuneta’s son, proved to be no match for Emi Calixto. Cuneta garnered only 35,784 votes against Emi’s 121,391.
Caloocan’s Malapitan, Asistios
Incumbent Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan of NP won by a landslide 423,072 votes (as of May 14, 2019, 98.45% of election returns) against nearest rival Emil Trinidad’s 4,260 votes (as of May 14, 2019, 98.45% of election returns), securing his third and last term.
His running mate, Maca Asistio (NPC), ran unopposed for his third term as vice mayor. Maca is the son of former 2nd District Rep. Luis “Baby” Asistio and nephew of the late Caloocan City Mayor Macario “Boy” Asistio Jr.
Oscar’s son, Along (PDP-LABAN), ran unopposed for his second term as representative of the city’s 1st District in Congress.
Over at the 2nd District, Egay Erice, the lone LP candidate who ran for a top position in the city, won a third term. Erice won by a landslide 123,824 votes against Cabuhat’s 13,282 votes (as of May 14, 2019, 98.45% of election returns).
Oretas of Malabon
Incumbent Mayor Lenlen Oreta who remained with LP, won with 99,885 votes (as of May 14, 2019, 99.24% of election returns) against NP’s Jeannie Sandoval, securing his third term as city mayor. Lenlen is the son of former senator Teresa Aquino-Oreta, and the first cousin of both former President Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III and Senator Bam Aquino. The Oretas have occupied the mayoralty in Malabon since 2004.
Lenlen’s brother Enzo (NUP) and cousin Paulo (PMP) won as councilors.
In the congressional race, Jaye Lacson-Noel (NPC), wife of AN WARAY Party List Reptive Florencio G. Noel (2004-2013), reclaimed her former position from Ricky Sandoval of PDP-LABAN. She previously also unseated Ricky’s brother, Alvin, when the Supreme Court upheld the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal’s decision declaring her as the winning candidate in the 2007 elections.
Musical chairs in Navotas
Both on their last terms as mayor and district representative, brothers Rey and Toby Tiangco will be swapping seats in Navotas. Both of them ran under local party Navoteño and had landslide victories, garnering nearly three times as many votes as their respective opponents. The Tiangcos have been in power in the city for nearly two decades.
Two of the “Three Kings of Valenzuela,” as the Gatchalian brothers are dubbed, will continue to occupy their seats in the city—Rex as mayor and Wes as 1st District Representative while their eldest brother, Sherwin, serves his remaining term in the Senate until 2022.
Wes ran unopposed while Rex had a landslide win against nearest rival Bong Go of LAKAS (not the same person as PDP-LABAN’s senatorial bet Bong Go), garnering 248,911 votes against Go’s 6,226 votes (as of May 14, 2019, 99.67% of election returns). The Gatchalians ran under NPC.
Rex’s running mate, Vice Mayor Lorie Natividad-Borja, also ran unopposed while PDP-LABAN’s Eric Martinez won as 2ndDistrict Representative.
Abalos, Gonzales of Mandaluyong
The Abalos family continues its 30-year hold of Mandaluyong’s mayoralty as Menchie Abalos, wife of former mayor Benhur Abalos, won a second term against independent candidate Florencio Solomon. Solomon was already defeated four times by an Abalos in the past four elections.
The Gonzales family will likewise maintain its two-decade long occupancy of the city’s only congressional seat with Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales II, who ran unopposed. He will be replacing his wife, Queenie, for the position.
For the vice mayoral position, Anthony Suva, Abalos’ running mate, won another term.
Abalos, Gonzales, and Suva all ran under PDP-LABAN.
Biazon, Fresnedi of Muntinlupa
Jaime Fresnedi is one of only two LP mayoral candidates who won in Metro Manila (the other one being Lenlen Oreta of Malabon). He will be on his third term as Muntinlupa’s chief executive.
Meanwhile, ex-LP member Ruffy Biazon, son of former Senator and Rep. Biazon, won a second term as the city’s representative in Congress, this time under PDP-LABAN.
In the vice mayoral race, PDP-LABAN’s Timmy Simundac beat the incumbent Celso Diokno of NUP and two other candidates.
Teodoro, Fernando, Quimbo of Marikina
Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro (PDP-LABAN) ran unopposed for a second term. His running mate, former vice mayor Marion Andres (NPC), finally clinched the vice mayoralty after losing twice against Jose Cadiz in 2013 and 2016.
Cadiz ran for 1st District representative in this year’s polls but lost to incumbent Rep. Bayani Fernando (NPC).
At the second district, LP candidate Stella Quimbo will take the seat of her husband, Rep. Miro Quimbo, now on his last term.
Olivarez, Golez of Paranaque
The Olivarez brothers will continue occupying two of the top positions in the city: Edwin Olivarez as mayor, and Eric as 1st District Representative. Both ran under PDP-LABAN and will be on their third term.
For the vice mayoral post, the incumbent, Rico Golez (NPC), son of former 2nd District representative and National Security Adviser Roilo Golez, won a third term, beating Jeremy Marquez (NP), son of former mayor Joey Marquez.