By MB Online
The May 13 midterm polls may have signalled the end of an era for the powerful Ejercito-Estrada political clan.
The clan’s patriarch, former president and reelectionist Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is losing by a wide margin to vice mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
Domagoso has garnered 353, 579 votes while Estrada had 207, 976, according to the partial, unofficial results from the Commissions on Elections (COMELEC) data as of 11: 26 a.m. Tuesday with 98.86% election returns.
Jerika Ejercito, Erap’s daughter with former actress Laarni Enriquez, lost in her bid for city councillor of the fourth district.
She placed eighth out of 11 candidates with 47, 825 votes.
In San Juan, newly-elected mayor Francis Zamora (35, 060) ended the clan’s five-decade reign in the city as he defeated Estrada’s granddaughter, vice mayor Janella Ejercito Estrada (24, 813). Janella is the daughter of former Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
Janella would have been the fifth member of the clan to serve as the city’s local chief executive, starting with his grandfather who ruled as mayor in 1969.
Gary Estrada Ejercito (29, 229), Erap’s nephew, is also losing by as much as 40,000 votes against Ace Servillon (73, 709) in Cainta, Rizal’s vice mayoralty race as of 11:26 a.m. with 90.14% election returns.
In Laguna’s gubernatorial race, re-electionist Ramil Hernandez (814, 763) has also edged out Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito (390, 396) by a huge deficit as of 10:46 a.m with 99.74% election returns.
ER’s son, John Paul Ejercito (7, 030), lost to Peter Casius Trinidad (12, 851) as mayor of Pagsanjan. However, Girlie Ejercito, ER’s wife, won as vice mayor of municipality with 8, 534 votes against Noel Cabela (6, 663).
In the Senate race, half-brothers Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and Jinggoy Estrada are barely hanging by a thread to make it to the “Magic 12.”
JV is currently at 13th place with 13, 795, 308 votes while Jinggoy is at 15th with 10, 959, 789 votes as of 10:26 a.m. with 94.26 election returns. #MatalinongBoto2019