MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) How did the country’s local celebrities fare in this year’s mid-term elections?
Here is a list of some of the celebrity candidates who are winning and losing in the May 13 polls. All data are according to the latest unofficial results from the Comelec Transparency Server.
POISED TO WIN
Actor and incumbent mayor Herbert Bautista is expected to be proclaimed mayor of Quezon City.
As early as 10 p.m. on Monday, Bautista had 390,066 votes against Johnny Chang and Henry Samonte with 38,833 votes and 17,568 votes, respectively.
As of 6:27 p.m. on Tuesday, Bautista has 479,414 votes compared to Chang's 46,859 votes and Samonte's 21,521 votes.
“El Presidente” lead star ER Ejercito is poised to win in the Laguna gubernatorial race. Ejercito, who is running under the United Nationalist Alliance, had 413,552 votes as of 6:26 p.m., with 74.78% of election returns processed.
His opponent, Edgar San Luis of the Liberal Party, had 355,682 votes.
Jinkee Pacquiao, the wife of boxing champ and congressman Manny Pacquiao, is set to be proclaimed the winner of the vice-gubernatorial race in Sarangani province as her opponent conceded right after the start of the canvassing of votes.
She got 125,889 votes with 90.89% of election returns processed as of 6:26 p.m., against Eleanor Saguigit’s 25,977 votes and Jose Lorde Villamor's 4,801 votes.
Jinkee’s husband, Manny, is expected to win the congressional seat in the lone district of Sarangani after running unopposed.
Actor Jolo Revilla of Lakas is poised to win the vice-gubernatorial race in Cavite over Ronaldo Jay Lacson of the Liberal Party.
As of 6:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Revilla got 394,147 votes against Lacson’s 231,105 votes. Recto Cantimbuhan, an independent candidate, received 97,166 votes.
Actress and re-electionist governor Vilma Santos is cruising to a landslide win in Batangas province. As of 6:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Santos got 659,456 votes against Marcos Mandanas’ 41,650 votes.
Praxedes Bustamante, an independent candidate, only received 4,280 votes.
Actor and Liberal Party bet Aga Muhlach has a slim lead (51,731 votes) over the NPC’s Wimpy Fuentebella (48,804 votes) as of 6:27 p.m., with 59.11% of election returns processed.
The two are in the congressional race for the fourth district of Camarines Sur province.
Television host and actress Lucy Torres is poised to return as congresswoman of the fourth district of Leyte with 97,583 votes against Eric Codilla of Lakas with 71,488 votes as of 6:25 p.m., with 85.24% of election returns processed.
Last March, the Supreme Court ruled to oust Torres as Leyte’s fourth district representative after substituting for her husband, actor Richard Gomez, who failed to sufficiently establish residency in Ormoc City.
Actor Richard Gomez, who is running under the Liberal Party, is trailing his rival in the Ormoc City mayoral race. The “Walang Hanggan” star had 32,309 votes as of 6:25 p.m., with 84.05% of election returns processed.
Independent candidate Edward Codilla is slightly ahead with 33,767 votes.
Actor Joey Marquez is trailing in the congressional race in Parañaque’s second district.
Marquez, who is running as an independent candidate, had 39,381 votes as of 6:24 p.m., with 82.04% of election returns processed. Leading the race is United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) bet Gus Tambunting with 46,917 votes.
A third candidate, Pacifico Rosal, had 2,347 votes.
Marquez first served in public office as vice-mayor of Parañaque from 1992 to 1995. He then served as mayor until 2004.
Christopher de Leon
Veteran actor Christopher de Leon is behind the race to represent Batangas City’s second district. De Leon, who is running under the Liberal Party, had 28,997 votes as of 6:26 p.m, with 75.39% of election returns processed.
The actor’s opponent, Raneo Abu of the Nacionalista Party, is ahead with 80,505 votes.
Jukebox Queen Imelda Papin is headed for a loss in her congressional bid in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
Papin, known for hits such as “Isang Linggong Pag-Ibig,” had 32,539 votes as of 6:25 p.m., with 81.47% of election returns processed.
The Liberal Party’s Arthur Robes is leading the race with 64,688 votes.
Feisty talent manager and Gutierrez matriarch Annabelle Rama ran for congresswoman in Cebu City’s first district under the United Nationalist Alliance. She only had 31,886 votes as of 6:27 p.m, with 87.45% of election returns processed.
Raul del Mar of the Liberal Party is leading the race with 139,575 votes.