End of an era? Estrada-Ejercito clan suffers crushing defeat in 2019 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2019   •   3880

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, meeting the press after casting his vote at P. Burgos Elementary School in Sta. Mesa, Manila in 2019 Midterm Elections. (Daniel M. Iglesias/PVI)

MANILA, Philippines – Is it time for the Ejercito-Estrada clan to take a break from politics?

The clan’s patriarch, former president and reelectionist Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is losing by a wide margin to mayoral contender Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

Based on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial, unofficial results as of 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday with 99.06 percent of election returns, Domagoso has garnered 354,327 votes while Estrada got 208,561.

Moreno previously served as vice mayor to Erap from 2013 to 2016. He joined but lost the senatorial race in 2016.

With Erap’s loss came the failed mayoral bid of his granddaughter Janella Ejercito Estrada in San Juan City.

Janella, daughter of senatorial aspirant Jinggoy Estrada, who got 24,813 votes was beaten by former vice mayor Francis Zamora who garnered 35,060 votes.

Zamora’s victory ended the Ejercito-Estrada clan’s nearly 50-year reign in the city. The Estrada clan took hold of San Juan City since 1969 when then popular actor Estrada won as mayor. He was succeeded by his sons Jinggoy and JV Ejercito then JV’s mother Guia Gomez to whom Zamora narrowly lost his bid for mayor in 2016.

The Zamoras and Estradas were family friends for 30 years until Francis and Guia both ran in the mayoralty race in 2016. Francis claimed he was cheated in the election.

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Meanwhile, Erap’s nephew ER Ejercito failed in his bid for governor in Laguna against reelectionist governor Ramil Hernandez.

His other nephew, Gary Estrada Ejercito also lost in Cainta, Rizal’s vice mayoralty race against Ace Servillion.

In the senate race, Erap’s sons Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and Jinggoy Estrada are trailing beyond the top 12. JV is currently at 13th spot with 13,866,130 votes while his brother Jinggoy is at 15th with 11,018,985 votes as of 3:50 pm with 99.06 percent of election returns.

End of an era?

Did the May 13 midterm elections signal the end of a political era for the Estrada-Ejercito clan?

According to political analyst, Professor Edmund Tayao, Erap’s defeat could mean that the Manila voters are looking for a new leader who could bring significant changes to the city.

“Erap was considered as some kind of alternative having been a previous president, so many may have thought he would be a better Mayor compared to [Alfredo] Lim but after two terms there was not much change that happened,” Tayao told UNTV News and Rescue in an interview.

Tayao also believes that the previous rift between JV and Jinggoy have damaged their chances of winning in Senate race.

“Ang naka-contribute pa dito yung masyadong negative campaign, below the belt yung ginawa niya against his own brother, that boomeranged on him,” he said in reference to the half-brothers’ disagreements in the past.

“So, instead of maintaining his supposed advantage over his half-brother, nabaligtad ang pangyayari, mas binoto ng tao si JV Ejercito,” he added.

The two brothers had admitted to a tepid relationship after JV decided to use the Estrada name to boost his political image. Their relationship also turned sour at the height of the 2013 pork barrel scam.

Tayao said that based on his personal assessment of the general election results, Filipino voters seemed to be looking for new names and faces in politics who could deliver positive results.

“What is shown to the general results of the elections which is across the board, nage-experiment ang mga tao, ayaw na nila ng more of the same so they elected a different sort of combination,” he said. (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

Presidential bets send help to address potable water shortage in Odette-hit areas

Maris Federez   •   December 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirants Isko Moreno, Bongbong Marcos, Manny Pacquiao, and Leni Robredo individually sent assistance to areas severely hit by Typhoon Odette and addressed the problem of not having sufficient drinking water in these areas.

Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Monday said he sent a team from the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) to Cebu City to help in the clearing operations in the area and provide clean drinking water with the use of the water filtration machine that the team brought.

MDRRMO Director Arnel Angeles said water tankers went around the city to provide the needs of Cebu City residents for potable water.

Former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, on the other hand, sent gallons of drinking water and filtration kits to the victims of Typhoon Odette.

Marcos noted the importance of filtration kits as residents in the typhoon-hit areas were left without a good source of clean drinking water.

He said this is the same problem that was seen and experienced by his team when they sent help to areas ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

The BBM-Sara tandem promised to continue sending assistance to the areas that were hit by Odette.

Meanwhile, Senator Manny Pacquiao expressed concern over the effects of the shortage of drinking water on the health of the people in the typhoon-ravaged areas.

He said that he has been receiving reports that people in these areas were rendered helpless and just get drinking water from unsafe sources.

Pacquiao said that his team is scouting from suppliers of water filtration systems and portable toilets to be set up in evacuation centers.

Vice President Leni Robredo, in the meantime, said she will send 30 tons of drinking water to the provinces of Cebu and Bohol.

Robredo thanked her volunteers who helped and sent assistance to the typhoon victims. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Moreno calls for faster processing of insurance claims in areas hit by Odette

Maris Federez   •   December 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has called on the Insurance Commission to fast track the processing of insurance claims by victims of Typhoon Odette.

“Nananawagan [ako] sa Insurance Commission na tawagan ng pansin, pabilisin yung insurance claim ng insurance ng mga bahay at negosyo. Kasi dapat mabilis ang kilos dahil kailangang kailangan nila ng panggastos, kailangan nila tubig, kuryente e hindi ko naman kayang dalhin yun,” Moreno said.

The Insurance Commission is the government’s regulatory arm and overseer of the insurance and health maintenance organizations (HMO) industry.

Moreno said many Filipinos have lost their properties and livelihood, such as fishing and farming, due to the typhoon.

He also called on the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation to help facilitate the claims of farmers and fishers affected by the calamity.

Aside from the Php2.5 million assistance of the Manila City Hall, the members of the Manila City Council have also pooled Php370,000 to be given to calamity victims, as their response to the call of Mayor Isko for a bayanihan. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Mayor Isko to adopt Duterte in senatorial slate for 2022 polls

Maris Federez   •   December 6, 2021

(L-R) Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso announced Monday (December 6) that he is ready to support the candidacy of President Rodrigo Duterte in the senatorial race in the 2022 national and local elections.

In a press briefing in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Moreno said he is ready to adopt the president into the senatorial slate of the Aksyon Demokratiko party.

“I am going to vote for him personally and I am going to endorse him hopefully kung papayag siya, I’ll be honored. I’ll be humbled and honored na umoo si Pangulong Duterte. Nakuha ko nga siyang iboto, hindi ko pa ba siya makuhang i-adopt?” Moreno said.

Moreno said Duterte has undeniably proven his competence and capability as head of state, making him more qualified to be a senator. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

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