MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 1) – Some celebrities have succeeded in conquering the world of politics, but others were not as lucky.
Re-electionist Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos appears to be winning as she consistently leads over her political rivals. Same fate seems to await re-electionist Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who ranked No. 1 in the latest partial official results.
In the same partial official results, Jinggoy Estrada, Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Manuel “Lito” Lapid entered the list of top 12 senators.
Former “That’s Entertainment” star Isko Moreno has been re-elected as vice mayor of Manila.
Also leading as of posting time were ER Ejercito (governor, Laguna), Dan Fernandez (congressman, Laguna), Lucy Torres (congresswoman, Ormoc City, Leyte), Lani Mercado (congresswoman, Cavite), Daniel Fernando (vice governor, Bulacan), Yul Servo (councilor, Manila), Alma Moreno (councilor, Parañaque), Roderick Paulate and Alfred Vargas (councilors, Quezon City);
Angelica Jones (provincial board member, Laguna), Christopher de Leon (provincial board member, Batangas), and former beauty queen Daisy Reyes (councilor, Pateros).
Some stars suffer defeat
Edu Manzano, however, continues to lag in the vice presidential race.
While vice-mayor Herbert Bautista won by a landslide over Michael Defensor in QC’s mayoralty race, some actors failed to make it in the local elections.
Bohol gubernatorial candidate Cesar Montano, for one, has already conceded defeat.
Parañaque City Mayor Florencio "Jun" Bernabe was already proclaimed by the city board of canvassers before noon Tuesday, defeating rivals former congressman Ed Zialcita and actor-comedian Joey Marquez.
The city board of canvassers also proclaimed Gus Tambunting as winner in the vice-mayoralty race in Parañaque City. He won by a landslide over actor Anjo Yllana.
Joy Belmonte won as the vice mayor of Quezon City with 463,915 votes over actress Aiko Melendez, who got 113,1398 votes. -With a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News