Abalos Jr. maintains grip on Mandaluyong

By Jesus F. Llanto, abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak

Posted at May 11 2010 11:57 AM | Updated as of May 11 2010 08:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Mayor Benjamin Abalos Jr. has maintained his grip on Mandaluyong City after winning a second term in the 2010 elections.

Abalos, the son of former Mandaluyong mayor and former Commission on Elections chair Benjamin Abalos Jr., defeated his opponent Ernest Albert Buan by a margin of more than 70,000 votes.

"I'm grateful. My performance was very transparent and the people of Mandaluyong appreciated it," Abalos told abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak in a phone interview a few minutes after his proclamation at the Mandaluyong City Hall.

Abalos served as city councilor from 1995-1998. He was elected mayor 1998 and was re-elected in 2001. In 2004, he served as the congressman of the lone district of Mandaluyong.

In 2007, he reclaimed his old post at the city hall and was also elected as LCP's president. He was also elected as the president of the Union of Local Aunthorities in the Philippines (ULAP), a position traditionally held by a governor.

ULAP is the umbrella organization of local officials in the country.

The Abalos camp claimed that the mayor's good performance as local chief executice was the reason behind his re-election.

"In 2009, he was able to bring P42.25 million of investments," said Jimmy Isidro, Abalos's spokesperson.

Abalos opponent, Ernest Albert, is the nephew of Ernesto Domingo Jr, whom the younger Abalos defeated in the 1998 mayoralty race.The Domingos and the Abaloses are long-time rivals in Mandaluyong politics since 1986.