MANILA,Philippines--Incumbent Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim has beaten another Atienza.
Lim was proclaimed winner a few minutes after midnight after beating former mayor and environment secretary Lito Atienza and former police general Avelino Razon Jr. in a seven-way mayoralty race.
Lim, a former senator and former two-term mayor, was proclaimed after the local election office found that it "highly improbable" for his rivals to catch up with him.
After tallying 90% of election returns, Lim was enjoying a 200,000 lead over Atienza, who once served as his vice mayor. Lim got 369,445 votes while Atienza received 165,892.
This is not the first time that Lim beat an Atienza. In 2007, Lim defeated Atienza's son Ali in a four-way mayoral race. Back then, Lim got 266,679 votes while the younger Atienza only received 168,352.
Also proclaimed was incumbent vice mayor Isko Moreno, who was enjoying a 300,000 lead over his nearest rival Maria Lourdes Isip-Garcia, Atienza's running mate. Moreno, a former actor, got 450,206 votes while Isip-Garcia received 105,972 votes.
"We were expecting it because during the 45-day campaign, we saw the enthusiastic response of the crowd whenever we would go on a house to house campaign," Lim said.
Moreno, Lim's running mate, said that their victory and their fresh mandate was a sign that Manileños believed in their tandem.
"The people of Manila believed in us and our lead on our rivals will show that," Moreno said.--with a report from Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News, and Kristine Servando, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak