Rizal unseats Chipeco as new Calamba mayor

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) — The City of Calamba in Laguna welcomes a new mayor in Ross Rizal, ending the decades-long hold of the Chipeco family on the city.

Rizal, who ran under PDP-Laban, was proclaimed mayor after beating incumbent Joey Chipeco (Nacionalista Party) by over 38,000 votes. Rizal got 116,777 votes, while Chipeco garnered 78,325. A third candidate — actor and former Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon Ejercito III (Partido Federal ng Pilipinas) — obtained 41,149 votes.

Rizal, who is a descendant of national hero Jose Rizal’s younger half-brother Patricio Rizal, was vice mayor to Chipeco -- the son of Joaquin Chipeco, Jr. who also served as mayor of Calamba from 2004 until 2013.

Rizal's win ends the rule of the Chipecos in Calamba.

Cha Hernandez, meanwhile, beat Chipeco's brother Timmy as Representative for the lone district of Calamba.

Totie Lazaro was also elected vice mayor, defeating Chipeco's running mate Rajay Lajara.