IN PHOTOS: The heat is on for local races
IN PHOTOS: The heat is on for local races

Local candidates in Metro Manila sweat it out on the first day of their campaign

MANILA, Philippines – The pre-summer heat did not deter candidates in the local elections from hitting the streets this weekend to officially start their respective campaigns for the May 2019 elections. 


EARLY RISER. Isko Moreno together with reelectionist Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna woo voters around Tondo early in the morning. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Former vice mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Dumagoso kicked off his bid for Manila mayor with reelectionist Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna. They went on a motorcade around Tondo just after sunrise.

Also in Tondo, former mayor Alfredo Lim went to the Sto Nino Church to attend mass to start his campaign to become Manila mayor once again.

COMEBACK BID. A supporter takes a selfie with former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim inside the Sto Nino Church. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Reelectionist Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada was expected to start his sortie through a debate at the University of the Philippines in Manila but was a no-show, together with Lim. Only Dumagoso was present at the “Thrilla in UP Manila” were he promised to clean up the filthy city.

NO-SHOW. Only Isko Moreno attends the 'Thrilla in UP Manila' debate. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Later in the evening, Erap’s Team Legacy gathered their supporters in Pandacan for their own kick-off event. A large crowd turned out for his rival, Dumagoso, in Sampaloc.

LAST TERM. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada dances on stage with reelectionist Manila 5th District Representative Cristal Bagatsing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TEAM ISKO. Supporters gather in front of the Bustillos Church for the proclamation rally of Isko Moreno and Honey Lacuna. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, with wife Lani, joined his brother Lino in the latter’s kick-off campaign for Taguig City mayor. During the event, Alan denied that the Cayetano clan is a political dynasty, saying that there are no political dynasties in a democracy like the Philippines, where national and local officials are elected. 

KEEPING UP WITH THE CAYETANOS. Alan Peter (kneeling), Lino (center) and Lani (2nd right) during an interfaith prayer rally. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The Cayetanos officially began their respective bids for the May elections on one stage on March 30. Alan is running for Taguig City-Pateros 1st District congressman, and his wife, Taguig-Pateros 2nd District representative.

CAYETANO CLAN. TLC includes Taguig mayoral bet Lino Cayetano, Taguig-Pateros 1st District congressional bet Alan Peter, 2nd District congressional bet Lani Cayetano, and vice mayor candidate Ricardo Cruz, the only non-Cayetano in the team. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


The battle for Makati mayor is expected to be a hot race, with the Binay siblings pitted against each other. Mayor Abby Binay kicked off her reelection bid with her dad, former vice president Jejomar Binay, endorsing her run. Senatorial candidates were also present in the event. 

FAMILY AFFAIR. Former vice president Jejomar Binay (3rd, right) dances with daughter Abby (2nd left) during the reelectionist mayor's kick-off program. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

The family feud continues the following day, as Junjun Binay and his two siblings banded together against the reelection bid of their sister, Abby. Anne represented their father, former vice president and now Makati congressional candidate Jejomar Binay.

SIBLINGS VS ABBY. Junjun Binay, who is seeking to become Makati mayor once more, is endorsed by his sisters reelectionist Senator Nancy Binay (L) and Anny Binay (R). Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

San Juan

Francis Zamora is running again for mayor of San Juan City after losing to Guia Gomez in 2016 and failing to redo the election through a now-lapsed recall petition. Zamora, with the battle cry of having “a new San Juan,” aims to end the 5-decade domination of the Ejercito-Estrada clan.

MASS BEFORE RALLY. San Juan mayoral candidate Francis Zamora and his party allies in PDP-Laban attend mass before their proclamation parade and rally. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Zamora’s rival, Vice Mayor Janella Ejercito Estrada, met thousands of San Juan residents at the Plaza ng Masa on March 30, for Team One San Juan’s proclamation rally. The daughter of former senator Jinggoy Estrada vowed to provide affordable healthcare and more housing for the poor.

'ONE SAN JUAN.' Team One San Juan, led by mayoral candidate Vice Mayor Janella Estrada, opens its proclamation rally at the Plaza ng Masa with Christian and Muslim prayers. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Quezon City

Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo is challenging the reign of the Belmontes in Quezon City. Crisologo is running against Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte for city mayor.

BLUE AND WHITE. Quezon City mayoralty candidate Bingbong Crisologo (left) talks to supporters inside the San Pedro Bautista Church to start his campaign. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

During her campaign kick offBelmonte’s Serbisyo sa Bayan Party campaigned for administration allies Imee Marcos, Bong Go, and Bong Revilla – even if her brother Kit, a critic of the Duterte administration, was on the same stage.

SBP. Supporters carry posters of Joy and Kit Belmonte and Gian Sotto during a campaign kick-off event in Tandang Sora. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler


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