MANILA - Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim has already accepted his loss to his rival to the post, former President Joseph Estrada.
In a statement, Lim said: "Yesterday afternoon the [Commission on Elections] proclaimed the election of Erap and [Vice Mayor Isko Moreno]. We respect and acknowledge the said proclamation and wish them all the best! We would like to thank our relatives, friends and the Manileños for their support, trust and confidence in us. Thank you and god bless us all.”
It was a close fight between Estrada and Lim, former friends turned rivals.
The former Philippine president, ousted from power in 2001 after an uprising triggered by allegations of corruption, got 343,993 votes.
Lim received 308,544 votes for a margin of 35,449 in favor of Estrada.
Estrada moved his residence to Manila last year, after serving for nearly 2 decades as mayor of San Juan and later serving as senator, vice-president and president.
He came second in the 2010 presidential race.
Last April, the Comelec dismissed a disqualification case against Estrada for “lack of merit.”
The case stemmed from a complaint filed by lawyer Alicia Vidal, who served as counsel for Lim.
Vidal anchored her complaint on the conditional pardon granted to Estrada by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
The pardon had a "whereas" clause that he is barred from seeking public office following his conviction for plunder in 2007.
"Petitioner's motion for reconsideration failed to present new or substantial arguments which have not been presented in her prior submissions," the poll body ruled.