May 11, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Reelectionists Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte were proclaimed winners by the city board of canvassers Tuesday evening after they got commanding leads over their rivals.
Bautista had 729,101 votes while his closest rival, Leon Peralta, has 35,061 votes.
Belmonte, who got 735,476 votes, has a wide lead over her closest rival, Henry Samonte, who got 26,219 votes.
Bautista and Belmonte will serve their third consecutive and last terms.
Both officials vowed to continue and enhance all their efforts in ensuring the delivery of public service and good governance.
Six winning congressmen in the city were also proclaimed: Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo (District 1), Winston “Winnie” Castelo (District 2), Jorge “Bolet” Banal (District 3), House Speaker Sonny Belmonte (District 4), Alfred Vargas (District 5), and Jose Christopher “Kit” Belmonte (District 6).
Meanwhile, the entire incumbent chief executives in the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela or collectively known as CAMANAVA area were all reelected.
In Caloocan City, Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan won a second term after getting 300,762 votes in the city’s 963 clustered precincts.
His closest rival for the position was Rep. Enrico “Recom” Echiverri, who got 170,845 votes.
Echiverri was mayor for three terms until 2013.
Also proclaimed winners were Malapitan’s son, Liga ng mga Barangay president and councilor Dale Gonzalo “Along,” who won the congressional seat for the first district and Rep. Edgar “Egay” Erice, who handily beat his closest rival, former Rep. Mitch Cajayon, for his reelection bid as the second district representative.
Incumbent Vice Mayor Macario Asistio III easily defeated Echiverri’s running mate, Rodolfo “Ato” Oliva, with 330,874 votes as against the latter’s 90,352.
In Valenzuela City, Mayor Rexlon “Rex” Gatchalian defeated Rep. Magi Gunigundo in the race with 190,576 votes as against the lawmaker’s 65,206 votes.
For the vice mayoral race, Gatchalian’s running mate, Lorie Natividad-Borja got 161,860 votes as against the 79,735 votes by challenger Mar Morelos.
First district representative is Gatchalian’s younger brother, Wes, with 92,541 votes, defeating Ritche Cuadra and Victor Reponia with 22,246 and 336 votes, respectively.
Outgoing Vice Mayor Eric Martinez emerged victorious against Gunigundo’s wife and barangay chairwoman Adel for District 2.
In neighboring Malabon City, Mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta III got his second term after beating Rep. Jaye Lacson-Noel.
Oreta’s mother, former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta lost to her rival, the come-backing Ricky Sandoval, for the city’s lone congressional post.
Sandoval’s wife, Vice Mayor Jeannie Sandoval, handily beat her closest rival, Jap Garcia, for her second term.
Reelectionists John Rey Tiangco and Clint Geronimo were also proclaimed mayor and vice mayor, respectively, of Navotas City on Tuesday.
Tiangco’s brother, Toby, will serve his third term as congressman of the lone district of the city. – AIB