Estrada surprised by election results, not keen on conceding

Published May 14, 2019, 1:32 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Ria Fernandez

A day after he told his supporters “to accept” the result of the elections, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said on Tuesday that he had not conceded yet to Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso in the mayoral race.

In a report of DZMM Teleradyo, Estrada said he was trying to understand how Domagoso won as he claimed that he was leading in the surveys in Manila.

“Bakit ako mag-co-concede talagang pinroject ako…lahat ng survey from the start tapos ngayon biglang si Isko nanalo,” the former president said in a phone interview.

It also came as a surprise to Estrada when he lost in the barangay in Sta. Mesa where he was registered as a resident.

But what made this election’s more painful to him was the fact that even other members of his family were defeated in the positions they ran for.

Estrada’s daughter Jerika Ejercito did not make it as a councilor of Manila fourth district.

JV Ejercito and Jinggoy Estrada both scrambled to be in the “Magic 12” senators.

Even his grandchild to Jinggoy, Janella Estrada, failed to win as mayor in their long-time bailiwick San Juan City
Likewise, his nephew ER Ejercito lost in the gubernatorial race in Laguna.

Despite this, Estrada was adamant to say that the series of events mark the end of their political dynasty.

On Monday evening, the outgoing Manila Chief Executive was recorded on video telling his emotional staff and supporters to accept the outcome of the recent polls.

“We did our best to help our people…I did my best. We have to accept. We have that saying that, ‘the voice of the people is the voice of God.’ I hope it is really the voice of the people. Hopefully. But then we have to accept if it’s the voice of the people,” he said.

“Thank you so much basta carry on the good work. Okay? Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. I love you all,” he ended.