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In polls in Central Luzon, the top political clans win.
In this year’s elections, the well-known political clans in Central Luzon remained the dominant characters.
With resounding triumphs, teams made up of son and mother, father and son, brothers, and cousins have prolonged their dominance.
Other members of their family were also able to keep their jobs.
In Pampanga, incumbent Governor Dennis Pineda won a landslide victory against his lone opponent, former Candaba Mayor Danilo Baylon, in a landslide victory.
Vice Governor Lilia Pineda, who is his mother, ran unchallenged.
Dennis’ two sisters were likewise elected to their desired positions. Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab won the campaign for provincial board member in the second district, while Esmeralda Pineda faced no opposition in the race for mayor of the town.
The Noveras father and son were successful in switching positions in Aurora.
Current Vice Governor Christian Noveras was elected Governor, while his father, incumbent Governor Gerardo Noveras, dominated the vice gubernatorial campaign.
The Garcias were also successful in their election bid in Bataan.
Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia and Ma. Cristina Garcia, first-degree relatives, were elected governor and vice governor, respectively.
Joet, who switched seats with brother Governor Albert “Abet” Garcia, ran unopposed for his second term, while Ma. Cristina defeated her opponents by a large margin.
Abet, on the other side, won the congressional seat in the second district against Eliza Ann Roque.
Maria Angela Garcia, the mayor of Dinalupihan, ran for Congress in the newly constituted third district and defeated previous Mariveles Mayor Angel Peliglorio.
Francis Garcia, the incumbent mayor of Balanga City, was elected unchallenged.
Governor Aurelio Umali and Vice Governor Anthony Umali, brothers, held their jobs in Nueva Ecija.
In Tarlac’s political arena, the Yap dynasty also triumphed, with incumbent Governor Susan Yap running unchallenged. At the same time, his son Christian was re-elected by a large margin as the second district representative.
Meanwhile, Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., the governor of Zambales, was re-elected with a landslide victory.
Jun Rundstedt, the incumbent mayor of Iba, Ebdane’s son, was elected to the province’s second district board of directors.