Mayor threatened by Duterte wins reelection bid


Posted at May 14 2019 11:30 AM

The mayor of Malabon who was threatened with arrest by President Rodrigo Duterte over the city's alleged drug problem has won in his reelection bid for a third term. 

Mayor Antolin "Lenlen" Oreta III of the Liberal Party (LP) got 99,425 votes compared to Jeannie Sandoval's (NP) 55,579 votes, based on 98.86% of election returns from 262 of 265 clustered precincts as of 10:26 a.m. 

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Partial, unofficial results aggregated from Comelec data
as of May 14, 2019, 10:26 AM and from 98.86% of Election Returns
Rank     Candidate     Votes
1     ORETA, LENLEN (LP)    99,425
2     SANDOVAL, JEANNIE (NP)    55,579

Last month, President Duterte ordered Oreta to rid the city of illegal drugs or risk being arrested "and thrown into Manila Bay." 

“Mayor, linisin mo ang Malabon mo. Bigyan kita ng isang buwan,” Duterte said during the campaign rally of PDP-Laban in Malabon City.

(Mayor, clean up your Malabon. I will give you one month.)

Duterte issued the statement as he campaigned for Sandoval, Oreta’s opponent in the mayoralty race.

Oreta, however, boasted of his administration's track record in fighting the drug problem, saying 40 percent of Malabon barangays had been declared "drug-cleared." 

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