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Vice president Jejomar Binay made political history when he went from mayor to vice president.
5. THE BINAYS
Clan history: The Binays have made Makati their bailiwick. The clan established their political turf in 1986, when President Corazon Aquino appointed Jejomar Binay as mayor of Makati after the incumbent Nemesio I. Yabut died around the time that Aquino was newly-installed as Philippine president.
Power positions: Binay was the mayor of Makati from 1986 to 1998, after which he was succeeded by doctor-wife Elenita from 1998 to 2001. Binay became the city's mayor again from 2001 to 2010, when he was succeeded by son Jejomar Erwin or Junjun. Meanwhile, daughter Mar-Len Abigail or Abby is the congresswoman of Makati's second district.
Family frontrunner: Jejomar, the clan patriarch, is now the country's vice president.
Say what you will about him, but former president Erap Estrada has charisma.
6. THE EJERCITO-ESTRADAS
Clan history: San Juan has been the bailiwick of the for over 40 years now--since popular movie action star Joseph "Erap" Estrada became its mayor in 1969. It also has its clout in the province of Laguna, where Erap's nephew, Emilio Ramon "E.R." Ejercito III, is the current governor. Owing to its patriarch's popularity, this clan has also taken over national politics during the past years.
Power positions: This political clan was at the peak of power from 1998 to 2001, when Erap was the president. Although Erap lost his bid to regain the country's top post during the past elections, the Ejercito-Estradas still hold some of the most influential posts in government, with sons Jinggoy as senator and J.V. as congressman of the lone district of San Juan. Erap's former companion and mother of son J.V., Guia Gomez, was elected as San Juan mayor. Meanhwhile Erap's wife, Loi, was a senator from 2001 to 2007.
Family frontrunner: This clan owes its popularity to Joseph Estrada, who, like a true-blue action movie protagonist, managed to survive imprisonment, impeachment complaints, informal ouster, and a lot of other controversies in the past years. These days, though, son Jinggoy seems to be most visible Estrada.