Comelec names local officials in Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Pasay while tension reigns in Taguig
May 11, 2010 8:01 pm
MANILA, May 11 — Incumbent officials are leading the race and certainly will be declared winners in the local post in Muntinlupa and Las Pinas city while Pasay City has a new set of local officials. In Taguig City there is still tension on both camps.
Muntinlupa city relectionist mayor Aldrin San Pedro leads by a wide margin his closest opponent, former mayor Jaime Fresnedi. As of 12.37pm Tuesday, unofficial and partial results showed San Pedro with 103,353 votes as against the 73,683 votes of Fresnedi and 581 votes for Oscar Marmeto.
In the vice mayoralty race, San Pedro’s running mate, Artemio Simundac garnered 89,873 votes as against the 77, 140 votes of Marissa Rongavilla.
Simundac was formerly with Fresnedi running for the same post for the latter’s wife, Loreta in the 2007 elections against Ren-Ren Cayetano, brother of senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Pia Cayetano.
For the lone congressional district of Muntinlupa, outgoing Senator Rodolfo Biazon is leading the race with 78,653 votes against his closest rival, broadcaster Ricardo “Dong” Puno who got 46,486 votes.
The other candidates for the post are Ermie Espeleta with 33,302 votes, Rey Bulay with 9,516 votes, Rafael Burgos with 1,980 votes, Rodolfo Viloria with 902 and Herminio Sorilla with 174 votes.
Puno also ran for the same post in the 2007 elections but lost to Biazon’s son, Rufino “Ruffy’ Biazon.
Muntinlupa has about 291,333 registered voters.
The figures showed that 82.91 of the total number of votes cast were already counted in the city.
In Las Pinas city, re-electionist mayor Vergel “Nene” Aguilar is set to win by a huge margin garnering 141,579 votes as of 12:37pm Tuesday with 82.91 percent of the votes counted.
His opponents, Felix Sinajon got 6,754; Antonio Abellar Jr. with 4,140 and 1,391 votes for Liberato Gabano.
In the vice mayoralty post, re-electionist Luis Bustamante got 122,630 as against the 16,413 votes of Benjamin Gonzalez, 3,288 of Estelita Salentes and 2,491 of Teodoro Baldomaro.
For the city’s lone congressional district, Mark Villar got 126,456 votes as against the 9,458 votes of second placer, Francisco Antonio Jr., 7,228 of Zusanah Veloria and 3,029 of Filipino Alvarado.
Villar is the son of Senator and Nacionalista Party (NP) standard bearer Manuel Villar who had already conceded defeat.
He is set to replace his mother, outgoing Rep. Cynthia Villar.
In Pasay City, unofficial and partial results showed outgoing vice mayor Antonio Calixto leading the race with 59,012 votes as against the 56,705 votes of Consuelo Dy and current mayor, Wenceslao “Peewee” Trinidad who got 40,777 votes.
Ricardo “Ding” Santos got 11,223 votes. Ralph Joseph with 265, Romulo Marcelo with 256 and Francisco Penaflor with 231.
In the vice mayoralty race, councilor Marlon Pesebre is leading the race with 51,602 votes followed by Noel Bayona with 29,433, Greg Alcera with 28,364, Arnel Regino Arceo with 24,398 and Leopoldo Calixto III with 15,324 votes.
For Pasay’s lone congressional district, Imelda Rubiano-Calixto got 58,779 votes followed by incumbent Jose Antonio Roxas with 47,434, Allan Panaligan with 29,180 and Rica Elah Hortaleza with 7,785 votes.
The figures were based on the results posted at 11:51 am Tuesday with about 82.91 percent of the votes counted.
Pasay has 256,525 registered voters.
But in Taguig city, tension continues to mount a day after supporters of the Cayetanos and the Tingas traded barbs and complaints of harassment.
On Tuesday, tension pervaded the city hall as supporters of both camps await the transmittal of election returns.
Taguig City-Pateros 1st District Representative Maria Laarni “Lanie” Cayetano, wife of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, is running for mayor against Kaye Tinga, wife of third and last-term Mayor Freddie Tinga.
The gates of city hall were locked as supporters of Mayor Tinga and city hall employees remained inside compound while Cayetano supporters, many wearing pink shirts lined the street outside.
Authorities has deployed a platoon of police personnel including a contingent of civil disturbance management unit to contain the crowd and prevent any violent confrontation between the opposing camps.
Dr. Meleda Polita, secretary of the canvassers' board, said 92 percent of election returns have been transmitted to them as of 12 noon Tuesday.
The official blamed the cause of the delay in the transmittal to a technical glitch in the laptop they are using. (PNA)