Sports personalities: Winners and losers in midterm polls


Sports personalities were some of the contenders in this year’s midterm polls yet some have failed to win the elections

The Winners:

Francis Zamora, a former basketball player earned the mayoral post in San Juan City, ending the Estrada family’s five-decade hold of the business district.

Zamora garnered 35,060 votes while his rival Janella Estrada, the daughter of plunder-accused senatorial candidate Jinggoy Estrada and granddaughter of former president and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, got 24,813 votes as was based on the votes canvassed Monday by the San Juan City Board of Canvassers.

Three-time PBA champion Dondon Hontiveros got the greatest number of votes for Cebu City second district councilor (158,129 votes). This is his first foray into politics.

Former PBA Most Valuable Player and former Jose Rizal University head coach Vergel Meneses got  way ahead in the mayoral race in Bulakan town, Bulacan with 23,469 votes against Piccolo Meneses who has 16,476 votes based on the partial and unofficial results.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Chairman Sonny Angara (17,620,407 votes) and previous UP volleyball player Pia Cayetano (19,156,910 votes) are in the top 10 of the senatorial race based on the partial and unofficial results.

Rebo Saguisag, son of former Senator Rene Saguisag, was successful in his bid for councilor in the first district of Makati City. The UAAP executive director received 48,738 votes.

Former PBA cager Paul Artadi ranked second in the first district councilor of San Juan City with 15,437 votes, behind Vincent Pacheco’s 17,061 votes.

Adamson Soaring Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren is the front-runner in the third district councilor race in Quezon City. The multi-titled UAAP mentor has 66,187 votes, followed by Kate Coseteng who has 63,125 votes.

Lastly, SEA Games gold medalist and Asian Games chef de mision Richard Gomez is leading the mayoral race in Ormoc City with 77,573 votes, while his opponent Eric Codilla has 29,795 votes.

And the losers…

Monsour del Rosario lost in the vice mayor race in Makati City. The SEA Games chef de mission got 105,153 votes, equated to Monique Lagdameo who got 182, 655 votes.

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao as well, fell short in retrieving his congressional seat in the first district of Pampanga. The fiery basketball tactician got 101,386 votes, while Carmelo Lazatin had 144,827 votes.

Ex-PBA cager Don Allado placed 10th in the battle for councilor in the second district of San Juan City.

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