Richard Yap (PDP-Laban), best known as a Cebuano businessman and actor unsuccessful in beating longtime politician and Cebu City 1st District Representative Raul Del Mar (Liberal Party) in this midterm election.
Del Mar won by a wide margin of 134,816 votes over Yap’s 81,167, according to the latest unofficial real-time results.
Yap stated in a Facebook post that the loss was a “disappointing end” to the campaign, “I also know it has been a rewarding time for me,” he followed, “I am just sad that I was not given the chance to make my plans and dreams for Cebu a reality.”
“I would like to sincerely thank the more than 80,000 Cebuanos who put their trust and faith in me. Although we were not given the chance to serve Cebu at this time, our thrust remains that we will continue to fight for the vision of a better and more progressive Cebu—a city that we can all be proud of,” continued Yap
Yap ran with the local Barug PDP-Laban slate alongside Cebu City candidates Edgar Labella, who won the city as mayor, and Michael Rama who will return to city hall as vice mayor.
He stated after filing his COC that he wanted to run to bring his experience in business and his platform he enjoys as an actor to help bring in “new ideas” to Cebu City’s north district.
Yap said in a forumthe previous month that he was supportive of the administration’s war on drugs and its campaign against crime.
Del Mar, one of the few Cebuano Liberal Party members who did not join PDP-Laban after President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2016 win, has held his seat on and off since 1987.
“Our fight for the city doesn’t end here,” Yap stated. “Let us continue to stand in our principles and our unwavering support to transform Cebu as a city we can be more proud of.”
Yap is best known for his role as Richard “Sir Chief” Lim in the hit 2012 ABS-CBN teleserye Please Be Careful With My Heart where he co-starred with Jodi Santa Maria.