End of Estrada-Ejercito dynasty? Erap and family lose in 2019 elections


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MANILA, Philippines – The 2019 midterm election has shaken a number of political clans across the country. While the Dutertes remain strong in the bailiwick in Davao City, a number of famous political figures have been toppled by near-‘neophytes’ in the political arena.
End of Estrada-Ejercito dynasty? Isko new Manila Mayor

The Estrada-Ejercity dynasty has been shaken by a much younger generation, with its patriarch former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada losing to former Manila City vice mayor “Isko Moreno” Domagoso by a rather wide margin of over 145,000 votes.

Joseph “Erap” Estrada
Photo credit: Joseph Ejercito Estrada / Facebook

Erap was vying for his last term as mayor of Manila, but the latest unofficial tally by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) shows he has apparently lost the election.

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Based on the partial and unofficial results as of 11:26 am on May 14, 1,485 of 1,502 clusters have transmitted their election returns in the city of Manila, accounting to 98.86%.

Isko Moreno new Manila Mayor
Photo credit: Isko Moreno Domagoso / Facebook

Isko received 353,579 votes while Erap got 207,976. Some netizens believe some of Erap’s votes went to former Mayor Alfredo Lim (137,401) who also ran in the mayoralty race but summing up their votes still gives Isko over 8,000 votes as advantage.

Erap’s granddaughter Janella Ejercito Estrada also lost her bid in San Juan City's mayorship. The daughter of senatorial candidate Jinggoy Estrada (who is currently on #15 of the senatorial race), Janella lost to Francis Zamora by over 10,000 votes in 100% of the election returns, based on the unofficial tally.

San Juan had been the bailiwick of the Estrada-Ejercito clan for 5 decades.
Photo credit: Joseph Ejercito Estrada / Facebook

San Juan had been the bailiwick of the Estrada-Ejercito clan for 5 decades.

But the clan has not just lost in the mayoralty, Jinggoy is most likely not going to get a spot in the senate as he currently ranks fifteenth and is 2.7 million votes behind Benigno “Bam” Aquino on the fourteenth spot.

JV Estrada Ejercito
Photo credit: JV Estrada Ejercito / Facebook

JV Estrada Ejercito might still have a chance to make it to the Top 12 as he currently ranks in the thirteenth spot, with about 250,000 votes behind Nancy Binay. The partial and unofficial tally shows that 94.47% of the election returns have been transmitted across the country.

View the latest partial and unofficial results for senatorial race here.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express


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