Sotto, Zamora end political dynasty in Pasig, San Juan

VICO Sotto and Francis Zamora finally ended more than two decades of political clans rule in San Juan and Pasig cities.

First term city councilor Sotto was proclaimed as the new mayor of Pasig City after he defeated reelectionist Pasig City Mayor Bobby Eusebio, ending the  Eusebio clan’s 27-year reign in the city.

Sotto garnered 206,226 votes against Eusebio’s 109,245 votes.

Sotto’s running mate, former Rep. Roman Romulo also defeated reelectionist congressman Ricky Eusebio

Sotto and Romulo belong to Aksyon Demokratiko while the two Eusebios are members of the Nacionalista Party.

Sotto’s victory marked a shift in Pasig leadership. The Eusebio clan has dominated in Pasig since 1992, or when Sotto was only around two years-old.

The 29-year-old son of actor/host Bossing Vic Sotto and Connie Reyes is new blood with an old political name. He is the nephew of Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, and cousin to newly-elected Quezon City Vice Mayor Gian Sotto.

Sotto leveraged his campaign by promising to offer something new for Pasig City. “From the very beginning the fight is not about a specific position. It’s for the true and lasting change in out city,” he said.

Newly-proclaimed Mayor Zamora defeated Janella Ejercito Estrada in the race for San Juan City mayor, ending the powerful Ejercito-Estrada clan’s five decades of control over the city.

With the margin of 10,247 votes Zamora acquired 35,060 votes against Estrada’s 24,813 on Monday that shifted the tide of politics in San Juan after beating Estrada in the mayoral race.

Triumphant with him onstage was his father Ronaldo, who again clinched his 9th term as the representative of the lone district of San Juan City with more than 35,386 votes against challenger Edu Manzano’s 23,627 votes.

Warren Villa, Zamora’s vice mayoral bet, also emerged victorious with 28,882 ballots cast for him.

Victory is sweeter for Zamora as this is his second time to run for San Juan mayor. In 2016, he lost in his first bid against Guia Gomez, JV Ejercito’s mother, by just  over 1,000 votes.

“Ito na po ang pagbagong hinihintay natin ng mahabang panahon at ito po ay nakamit na natin.Nagsalita na ang mga  mamamayan ng San Juan na nagsasabing  gusto na nilang baguhin ang sistema,  pamamalakad at liderato. Ito na po yun,” Zamora said.