Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Metro winners known, proclaimed early after first automated polls

May 11, 2010, 6:17pm

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The first automated polls in the country saw winners being proclaimed early in Metro Manila.

Binays win big in Makati

Makati City Councilor Erwin "Jun-Jun" Binay has succeeded his father, United Opposition vice presidential bet Jejomar Binay, as mayor of the Makati City, the country's central business district.

Binay was proclaimed winner by officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) city board of canvassers at the Makati Coliseum where the canvassing of votes was held.

Witnessing the proclamation rites were Binay's family, including his father and mother, and supporters near dawn Tuesday.

Binay garnered 125,664 votes over five candidates in the mayoralty race. Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado placed in second with 80,151, Erwin Genuino, son of Philippine Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) chairman Ephraim Genuino, landed in third place with 61,203 votes. Former senator Butch Aquino got 4,394 votes while Edmundo Tagalog received 253 votes, both are independent candidates.

Binay vowed to continue the programs and services that his father started.

The Comelec also proclaimed Romulo Peña Jr., running mate of Mercado as vice mayor with 105,949 votes. Peña won against Rico Puno who received 93429 votes, Jobelle Salvador who got 35,469 votes, Mace Yabut with 23,600 votes and Manny Ballelos, 1507 votes.

Abigail Binay, daughter of Jejomar, dominated the congressional race in the second district with 84,152. Monique Yasmin Lagdameo, under Binay’s ticket, emerged winner as member of the House of Representatives for the first district.

New members of the city council for the first district are Ferdie Eusebio (PDP-Laban), Maria Concepcion Yabut (Nationalista Party), Tosca Puno-Ramos (PDP-Laban), Virgilio Hilario Sr. (NP), Marie Casal-Uy (PDP-Laban), Monsour Del Rosario (NP), Arnold Magpantay (PDP-Laban), and Romeo Medina (PDP-Laban).

New members of the city council for the second district are Vincent Sese (NP), King Yabut (NP), Nelson Pacia (PDP-Laban), Salvador Pangilinan (NP), Leonardo Magpantay (NP), Ma. Theresa De Lara (NP), Mary Ruth Tolentino (NP), Henry Jacome (NP).

It’s now Mayor Bautista

After hours of tense and anxious moments, the local office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Quezon City proclaimed Herbert Bautista and Josefina Belmonte as mayor and vice-mayor respectively winning by landslide margin over their highly touted rivals.

At exactly 11 a.m. Tuesday, the local Comelec office also proclaimed all the city’s winning bets several hours after most of them demanded that they be declared as winners even in the wee hours of the morning.

Bautista obtained a vote of 497, 965 while his closest rival Mike Defensor garnered a vote of 126,246.

District two congresswoman Annie Rosa Susano got 68, 035 while former three-term mayor Mel Mathay garnered 22, 117 votes.

In the vice-mayoral race, Belmonte got 501, 129 defeating actress Aiko Melendez who got 121,941 votes.

Incumbent district one congressman Vincent “Bingbong’’ Crisologo garnered 78, 610 Lucio Tan daughter and heiress Vivienne Tan.

In district two councilor Winston “Winnie’’ Castelo brother of outgoing representative Nanette Castelo-Daza gained 129, 660 beating former representatives Chuck Mathay, Dante Liban and three-term councilors Allan Butch Francisco and Godofredo Voltaire Liban.

Two term councilor Jorge “Bolet’’ Banal Jr. obtained a vote of 37, 408 votes beating incumbent district congressman Matias Defensor who got only 30, 887 in his bid for a third term in congress.

Outgoing mayor Feliciano “Sonny’’ Belmonte Jr. reclaimed his old post as congressman of the fourth district garnering 99, 474 votes winning by landslide over unheralded opponents.

Abalos dominates Mandaluyong

The Commission on Elections in Mandaluyong proclaimed Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos Jr. winner of the mayoral race at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the City Gymnasium where the local canvassing of votes took place.

Abalos garnered 102,705 votes to rival Erbert Domingo-Buan’s 24,271 votes.

Also proclaimed was Mandaluyong City vice mayor elect Danny De Guzman who defeated incumbent Vice Mayor Rene Sta. Maria 63,756 votes to 57,438.

Election officials in Malabon proclaimed incumbent Mayor Tito Oreta, re-electionist Rep. Josephine Veronique Lacson, and Councilor Len-len Oreta as the vice-mayor elect.

Oreta garnered 104,245 votes while running unopposed for reelection, Lacson got 52,815 votes in a win over incumbent vice mayor Arnold Vicencio.

The proclamation was held at the Session Hall located at the 6th floor of the City Hall right after the canvassing of votes was completed, Malabon Comelec officer Frances Aguindadao said.

San Pedro cruises to victory

Muntinlupa Mayor Aldrin San Pedro won in the mayoralty race in the city, cruising to a second term victory with a margin of more than 30,000 votes over his nearest rival.

Mayor San Pedro beat former mayor Jaime Fresnedi and Oscar Marmeto in the race.

“I thank the people of Muntinlupa for giving me again their trust and confidence. I and my family are overwhelmed by their support,” the mayor told the Manila Bulletin.

Mayor San Pedro was scheduled to be proclaimed by the Comelec Tuesday afternoon along with other winners in the local elections in Muntinlupa.

The mayor’s party mates also won in the election.

Senator Rodolfo Biazon beat REGALAbroadcaster Ricardo “Dong” Puno Jr. and five other candidates in the congressional race in Muntinlupa. Biazon will replace his son Ruffy, who completed three terms as Muntinlupa’s congressman and ran for senator in the elections under the Liberal Party.

Incumbent Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac edged out Councilor Marissa Cole-Rongavilla in the vice mayoralty race to win a second term.

Mayor San Pedro’s candidates for councilor also won 75 percent of the seats in Muntinlupa’s two legislative districts.

Lim defeats Atienza anew

Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim’s margin against his closest rivals widened by garnering 387,048 votes after 95.21 percent election returns were already transmitted to the Manila Board of Canvassers (BOC) last night.

The Manila Board of Canvassers said Lim was leading with 387,048 votes from 1,372 clustered precincts. His closest rivals - former city mayor and former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Jose "Lito" Atienza got 176,786 votes and former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Avelino Razon got 82,910 votes.

Lim expressed gratitude to Manila residents who have voted for him and his running mate Isko Moreno.

"Salamat sa lahat ng bumoto at naniwala sa amin at sa mga di pumayag na umiral ang kasinungalan (Thanks to those who voted us and believed in us. Thank your for letting that truth to prevail over lies), he said.

After the Manila Board of Canvassers announced the partial and unofficial tally from the election returns, supporters began cheering.

Prior to that, the Comelec announced that it would likely proclaim the winners the moment the board reaches the 90 percent mark.

Legal counsels of Lim approached the Board of Canvassers (BOC) to inquire why it has yet to proclaim Lim and Moreno as winners because it was statistically improbable for his closest rivals Atienza and Razon to win over Lim.

They said the remaining six percent would not affect the result of the elections.

However, BOC chairman lawyer Jovencio Balanquit explained that they could not proclaim until they print out the entire results of the transmittal. He also explained that they cannot proceed with the printout because the remaining six percent is still material for the other elective posts- both national and local post.

Lim decided to go home as the BOC still decided not to proceed with the proclamation despite getting the 95% plus election returns.

Bernabe-Tambunting reelected

In Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. and running mate Vice-Mayor Gus Tambunting were both re-elected.

The running mates, along with other winners in local elections in Paranaque were expected to be proclaimed at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

In a final but unofficial Comelec tally, Bernabe garnered 87,1276 votes compared Rep. Ed Zialcita’s 70,372, and Joey Marquez’s 39,459.

Representative Roilo Golez run unopposed in the city’s second district, while Edwin Olivarez was ahead of Roland Bernabe in the Comelec tally for the city’s first district.

Winning councilors in the first district are Rufino Allanigue, Eric Baes, Raquel Gabriel-Velasco, Alma Moreno-Salic, Jason Webb, Eric Olivarez, Boc Inciong and Roselle Nava.

Councilor Rico Golez led other winning candidates in the second district which included Edwin Benzon, Florencia Amurao, Conchita Bustamante, Benjo Bernabe, Carlito Antipuesto, Valmar Sotto, and Ryan Yllana.

Yllana is the lone winning councilor from Zialcita’s camp. (With reports from Anna Liza T. Villas, Carlo Suerte Felipe, Ed Mahilum, James I. Catapusan, Willie Catapat, Jonathan Hicap, Jeamma E. Sabate, Chito Chavez)

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