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  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano says Binay should release his ‘true SALN’ instead of delivering a counter-SONA. 18 hours ago |
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Incumbents rule mayoralty race

By Ferdinand Fabella | May. 15, 2013 at 12:02am
Incumbent mayors from all but four of Metro Manila’s 17 local governments were able to keep or hand over their positions to their preferred successors with only one mayoral contest still uncertain, according to data from the Commission on Elections and its watchdogs.

The biggest winner was former President Joseph Estrada who was proclaimed duly-elected mayor of the City of Manila with his running mate,  incumbent Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, defeating incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim.

Estrada garnered 301,616 votes over Lim’s 274,412 votes and election officials determined that the remaining four percent of the cast ballots would no longer make a difference in the contest. Lim under the banner of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance while Lim ran under the Liberal Party.

Incumbent Caloocan Rep. Oscar Malapitan, also of UNA, also managed to wrest the mayorship from the LP which fielded RJ Echiverri, son of incumbent Mayro Recom Echiverri, who ran and won as congressman of the city’s first district.

But in Parañaque City, LP candidate and incumbent Rep. Edwin Olivarez, son of former Mayor Pablo Olivarez, defeated UNA bet and incumbent councilor Benjo Bernabe, son of outgoing Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr.

In neighboring Muntinlupa City, the LP’s candidate, former Mayor Jaime Fresnedi also unseated outgoing Mayor Aldrin San Pedro, who was seeking a third and last term in office. Fresnedi, who was Muntinlupa mayor for three terms, got 88,071 votes, beating San Pedro’s 83,337.

The only undecided mayoral still uncertain was that of Taguig City, where incumbent Mayor Lani Cayetano, the wife of re-elected Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, scored ahead of Rica Tinga, a sister of former Mayor Freddie Tinga and daughter of former Supreme Court Justice Dante Tinga.

Tinga announced she will ask the Comelec to declare a failure of elections in Taguig due to alleged massive cheating. She claimed the camp of Cayetano used pre-shaded ballots to win more votes.

In the 12 other governments of Metro Manila, incumbent candidates kept their seats or handed them over to preferred candidates.

In Makati City, incumbent Mayor Junjun Binay got 184,614 votes against the 22,837 of independent candidate Rene Bondal. His sister, reelectionist Rep. Abegail Binay of the second district also won with 93,621 votes over the 6,327 votes of independent candidate Joel Sarza.

In Pateros, last-termer Medina of the Nacionalista Party won by a slim margin against his opponent, Miguel Ponce III of Liberal. Medina has 12,886 votes compared to Ponce’s 12,284.

Incumbent Las Pinas Mayor Vergel Aguilar was virtually unopposed, garnering 138,121 votes. His closest opponent, independent candidate Conrado Miranda, got 3,782. Three other independent candidates ran against Aguilar.

In Pasay City, incumbent mayor Tony Calixto of Liberal was a runaway winner with 100,717 votes, followed by Jorge Del Rosario of Nacionalist People’s Coalition, 24,380. Former mayor Peewee Trinidad was third at 18,797.

In Quezon City, incumbent Mayor Herbert Bautista also won a second term by a landslide with 558,276 votes over Henry Samonte with 23,251 votes and Johnny Chang with 51,082.

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte was also re-elected with 562,582 votes. With Rio Araja
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