MANILA, Philippines – Although he fell one spot short of getting elected senator again, Richard Gordon had one thing to be proud of in the 2013 polls – he topped the count in his home province of Zambales, where 3 other senatorial hopefuls come from.
The sad news is, his relatives – and those of other senatorial bets from Zambales – who ran for local posts lost.
Based on the official canvass of by the Commission on Elections, Gordon garnered 215,072 votes in Zambales, capturing the top spot and pushing national topnotcher Grace Poe to 2nd spot with 208,679 votes.
Gordon was former senator, chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), and mayor of Olongapo City.
Two other senatorial candidates from Zambales made it to the province's top 12. Former senator and former Zambales representative Ramon Magsaysay Jr. finished 4th with 165,440 votes, while incumbent Zambales representative Mitos Magsaysay landed at 6th place with 161,193 votes.
The fourth senatorial candidate from the province, former Olongapo City councilor JC delos Reyes, finished 24th with 19,566 votes. Delos Reyes is an estranged nephew of Gordon.
There were 692,948 479 registered voters in Zambales in this year's elections.
Gordon led the race in Olongapo City and in 5 towns: Castillejos, San Antonio, San Felipe, San Marcelino, and San Narciso.
Ramon Magsaysay Jr topped the count in Candelaria.
Mitos Magsaysay made it in the top 12 in all towns, except Iba and Masinloc.
Delos Reyes didn’t make it to the winning circle in all areas in the province.
Based on unofficial count of votes as of Saturday morning, May 18, Poe was leading in the following Zambales towns: Cabangan, Iba, Masinloc, Palauig, Santa Cruz, and Subic.
In the national canvass, Gordon finished 13th with Ramon Magsaysay is at 16th, Mitos Magsaysay is at 21st, and delos Reyes is at 25th place.
Relatives of these senatorial candidates lost in local race, however.
In the congressional race, Gordon's brother James Jr, and Mitos Magsaysay’s eldest son Jobo, both lost to Jeffrey Khonghun.
In Olongapo City, two Gordons vying for the position of mayor – Gordon's nephew James “Bugsy” delos Reyes, and sister-in-law Anne Marie Gordon – lost to Rolen Paulino.
In the vice mayoral race in Olongapo, Gordon's son Brian and Mitos Magsaysay’s son Vic-Vic lost to Rodel Cerezo.
The Gordons’ loss in Olongapo has ended the family’s almost quarter of a century’s grip on the city.
Despite Gordon and Magsaysay running under the same coalition, the United Nationalist Alliance, their relatives battled it out for various positions in Zambales.