By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Political clans in the eastern part of Metro Manila lost to candidates who vowed to end decades-long of political dominance in their respective cities.
In a historic feat, newly-proclaimed mayor Francis Zamora defeated Vice Mayor Janella Estrada whose family has long established San Juan as its bailiwick.
With a margin of 10,247 votes, Zamora acquired 35,060 votes on Monday that shifted the tide of politics in San Juan after beating Estrada in the mayoral race.
If the odds had shifted in her favor, Janella would have been the fifth member of the Ejercito-Estrada clan to serve as San Juan’s local chief executive beginning with former president and Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito-Estrada who was elected as city mayor in 1969.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos sapagkat tinulungan niya kaming magtagumpay dito sa lungsod ng San Juan (I grateful to God in helping us claiming victory here in San Juan City),” Zamora said Monday prior to his proclamation as the new city mayor.
“Ito na po ang pagbabagong hinihintay natin ng mahabang panahon at ito po ay nakamit na natin. Nagsalita na ang mamayan ng San Juan na nagsasabing gusto na nilang baguhin ang sistema, pamamalakad at liderato. Ito na po yun,” he added. (This is the change we are waiting for a long time, and now we have it. The people pf San Juan have already spoken, saying that they want to change the system, the governance and the leadership. This is it.)
In Pasig City, 29-year-old Vico Sotto is set to end the 27-year political control of the Eusebio clan.
With almost the entire number of votes already counted, Sotto said he will establish a new kind of leadership in the highly urbanized city.
In the wee hours on Tuesday, Sotto’s victory as city mayor was assured after acquiring a lead of at least 100,000 votes against incumbent Mayor Robert “Bobby” Eusebio, with only 10 percent of the votes up for counting.
The young politician is about to end the line of the Eusebios who served as city mayor starting with Vicente “Enteng” Eusebio in 1992.
“From the very beginning, this fight is not about a specific position. It’s for the true and lasting change in our city,” Sotto said.
“We already made the first step, this is just the first step. I am very happy that we achieved this,” he added. #MatalinongBoto2019