Espinosa Clan

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Espinosa Clan is the prevailing political family in Masbate, Bicol region. They have been politically dominating the province for decades now. However, in the 2007 National Elections, almost all the "Espinosas'" who ran, were defeated by their longtime political family rival, the Kho's.

The political dynasty began with its patriarch, Emilio B. Espinosa, Sr. who served as Representative of the now defunct Lone District of Masbate to the 10th Philippine Legislature (1934-1935), 3rd National Assembly (1941–1946), 1st (1946–1949), and 2nd Congress of the Philippines (1949–1953). His sons followed his footsteps as a lawmaker. Among them are: Emilio Jr., who also served as Representative of the Lone District of Masbate to the 4th (1957–1961), 5th (1961–1965), 7th (1969–1972), and then of the 2nd District of Masbate to the 12th (2001–2004), and 13th Congress of the Philippines (2004–2007); Moises, served as Representative, as well, of the 2nd District of the same province to the 8th Congress of the Philippines of the House of Representatives from 1987 to 1992; and, Tito, represented the 1st District of Masbate to the 8th (1987–1992) and 9th Congress of the Philippines (1992–1995). The political line did not end with the patriarch's sons but continued by his sons' wives and children. Among them are: Vida Espinosa, wife of Tito, was elected as congresswoman of the 1st District to the 10th (1995–1998), 11th (1998–2001), 12th (2001–2004), and 13th Congress of the Philippines (2004–2007); Mario Espinosa, is a former Masbate Vice Governor (1998-2001) and presidential assistant for Bicol Affairs; Moises K. Espinosa, Jr., served as City Mayor for only 40 days before he was murdered in a fiesta, in 2001; Maloli Espinosa, Moises' daughter, ran in the 2007 Elections for the Congress but was defeated by the province's former governor, Antonio Kho; And others like, Narciso Bravo, Jr., Emilio Aris Espinosa, and Clavel Martinez continues the Espinosa political dynasty in Masbate.

List

  • Emilio R. Espinosa, Jr. - Representative of the Lone District of Masbate from 1957-1972 and of the 2nd District from 2001 to 2007
  • Vida Espinosa - Representative of the 1st District from 1995 to 2007
  • Mario Espinosa - a former Masbate Vice Governor (1998-2001) and presidential assistant for Bicol Affairs
  • Narciso Bravo, Jr. - is the current Representative of the 1st District of Masbate to the 14th Congress of the Philippines, former Councilor (1998-2001) and Provincial board member (2001-2007) of Masbate
  • Clavel Martinez - Representative of the 4th district of Cebu to the House of Representatives from 1998-2007

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