Aside from two candidates who tossed a coin to determine who shall sit as mayor after tying in the official count, Bulacan has another historic political battle in its sleeve.
This time, the battle is both a double whammy victory and loss for two clans divided by politics in the May 9 polls.
The Villaricas ran under the Liberal Party of Mar Roxas, while the Alarillas ran under the Nationalist People’s Coalition that supported Sen. Grace Poe. Joan Alarilla, who is in her third term as Meycauayan mayor, fielded her daughter Judy to continue their clan’s two-decade hold on the city.
Disgruntled, reelectionist Vice Mayor Jojo Manzano led a group of councilors who wooed Henry Villarica, husband of Bulacan’s fourth district Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, to run as mayor.
In what is now acknowledged as the final throes of a dynasty that far exceeded its reception, Alarilla ran against Villarica, who was vying for a last term in Congress.
By the first few hours of the quick count, a massacre was clearly in the works. In some precincts in the fourth district – composed of Marilao, Meycauayan City, Obando and Sta. Maria – Villarica got 492 votes while her upstart rival got 92. In the final count, the lawmaker won a landslide, getting 216,962 votes against Alarilla’s 40,043.
Meanwhile, the new mayor-elect Henry and Vice Mayor Jojo Manzano, and nine of their 10 councilor bets are bound to take City Hall by July 1. Henry won by 67,588 votes over Judy’s 23,923.