Three ruling clans in the Metro Manila have been dethroned by their young rivals in the 2019 mid-term elections.
In Metro Manila, the classic electoral drama resurfaced with a three way-battle: Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada vs. Alfredo Lim vs. the young Isko Moreno.
Moreno won the mayoral seat currently occupied by 82-year-old Estrada, who was seeking a third and final term at the city hall. It is also reported that the children of Estrada shared the same fate, both losing the senatorial seats, and a mayoral seat in San Juan.
Aside from Manila City, Estrada was also once a mayor of San Juan from 1969 to 1986. Following the People Power Revolution, he was replaced by officer-in-charge Baby San Pascual and was succeeded by Adolfo Santo Domingo. With the father leading then, the family came back to power when Jinggoy was elected mayor in 1992. He was immediately succeeded by his brother JV in 2001, then by JV's mother Guia Gomez in 2010. The incumbent vice mayor, Erap's granddaughter Janella, was supposed to continue the dynasty, but she was defeated by Francis Zamora.
Technically, Zamora isn't a new name in San Juan's political scene. Francis' father, Ronaldo, was the city's congressman from 1995 to 1998, from 2001 to 2010, then from 2013 to 2019. But this is the first time in 50 years that the mayoralty position will not be held by the Estrada clan
In Pasig, Vico Sotto gained an 80,000-vote lead against Pasig City's incumbent mayor Bobby Eusebio. The official proclamation is yet to happen, but the young politician already has 201,028 votes while his lone opponent received 116,414 votes. The 29-year-old just ended the 27-year reign of the Eusebios, which started with Vicente Paulino Eusebio's nine-year term in 1992. The family patriarch was succeeded by his wife, Soledad Cruz-Eusebio. Vicente ran again in 2004 and passed on the torch to his son Bobby, then to Bobby’s wife Maribel.
Sotto, son of Coney Reyes and Vic Sotto, may share his last name with incumbent Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III but it's his great-grandfather Vicente Sotto whom he looks up to. The newcomer cites government transparency, accountability, and press freedom as central to his campaign, for which the older Sotto was an advocate. As a councilor, the younger Sotto created and passed the Pasig Transparency Mechanism Ordinance, the first of its kind in the Metro.
(with reports from Esquire)