In Cavite, the Revilla-Lacson-Maliksi dynasties battle it out

It is a clash of dynastic titans in Cavite. Battling head-to-head for the vice-governorship were Jolo Revilla, son of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., and Jay Lacson, son of Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson. The Revillas and the Lacsons both claim to be Cavite's favorite son. But with 57 percent of the votes counted based on GMA’s Eleksyon 2013 partial unofficial tally, the Revilla agimat has not lost its charm with Jolo Revilla leading the polls with 344,084 votes, while the young Lacson, who is set to follow in his dad’s footsteps, was trailing behind with 201,787 votes. Currently, Revilla is the President of the Association of Barangay Captains in the Province of Cavite, a post equal to a Sangguniang Panglalawigan membership. Lacson the younger has never held a public post. Meanwhile, independent candidate and incumbent Cavite vice-governor Recto Cantimbuhan was barely in it at last position with 84,478 votes. Early on Election Day, Senator Revilla claimed ‘harassment’ after police officers attempted to search the Revilla mansion in Cavite as vehicles outside their compound were found to have high-powered guns without proper documentation. Return to the Iron Throne In the gubernatorial race, incumbent governor Jonvic Remulla of the Lakas-Magdalo Party has been leading with 353,407 votes, while the Liberal Party’s Erineo “Ayong Maliksi” was behind with 305,727 votes. Maliksi had completed a single term as a Cavite's Third District Representative before again running for the Cavite governorship. He had previously been governor for nine years. Meanwhile, Remulla’s victory proved that the family name had not lost its appeal even after the older Remulla patriarch, Juanito, had long left the gubernatorial post. Round two in Imus City It is the second time for Emmanuel “Manny” Maliksi, son of Erineo Maliksi, to face Homer “Saki” Saquilayan in Imus' mayoralty race, with Maliksi leading the polls with 39,899 votes, and Saquilayan following at 38,002 votes. The tally of votes represented 76 percent of partial unofficial results in the city as shown in GMA’s Eleksyon 2013 results. It's been a hard fight for the two archrivals, who have fought battles not just in elections, but also in the courts. The Supreme Court had ruled this year that Saquilayan won the 2010 mayoral elections in Imus City. However, the SC subsequently reversed itself and remanded the decision back to the Comelec. — DVM, GMA News


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