Jinggoy Estrada loses in hometown San Juan

Rambo Talabong
Jinggoy Estrada loses in hometown San Juan
His half-brother JV Ejercito places 3rd in San Juan City. Grace Poe, a San Juan resident, tops the count.

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. 

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.

Their grip was broken on Monday, May 13, after San Juaneños voted for PDP-Laban bet Francis Zamora for mayor instead of Jinggoy’s daughter Janella Ejercito Estrada.

The patriarch himself, who ran for reelection as Manila city mayor, lost in the elections to former vice mayor Isko Moreno. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.