MANILA, Philippines – Even in San Juan, his home city where he once served as mayor for 9 straight years, former senator Jinggoy Estrada lost in the senatorial race.
The certificate of canvass for San Juan, released by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday evening, May 14, showed that Estrada failed to enter the top 12 choices of the city, placing at number 13 with 20,858 votes.
Instead of Estrada, the senatorial bets who topped the senatorial race in San Juan were Grace Poe (36,236 votes) and Cynthia Villar (34,923 votes). Poe is a registered voter of San Juan.
Jinggoy’s half-brother, reelectionist senator JV Ejercito, placed 3rd in the city, collecting 32,851 votes. JV himself served as San Juan mayor and congressman. The incumbent mayor is JV’s mother, Guia Gomez.
Senatorial candidate and ex-San Juan mayor Jinggoy Estrada delivers a speech endorsing his daughter Janella Ejercito Estrada to be the city's next mayor. #PHVote @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/7gjzOpZQPr— Rambo Talabong (@rambotalabong) March 30, 2019
While Jinggoy reused his slogan of “Anak ng Masa” (Son of the Masses) in his 2019 campaign, JV claimed the monicker “the good one.”
Jinggoy’s slogan was patterned from his father’s longtime campaign monicker “Ama ng Masa” (Father of the Masses). JV’s monicker has been interpreted by observers to mean he is the good son of former president Joseph Estrada, as opposed to Jinggoy, who is on trial for plunder.
Despite the hometown love, however, Ejercito is currently at number 13 in the national count.
San Juan City was once the bailiwick of the Ejercito-Estrada clan.
They held on to the city since 1969, when their patriarch former president Joseph Estrada ran and won as its mayor, before passing on the position to Jinggoy, then to JV, then to JV’s mother Guia Gomez.
The patriarch himself, who ran for reelection as Manila city mayor, lost in the elections to former vice mayor Isko Moreno. – Rappler.com