Alfred Romualdez beats Aquino bet for Tacloban mayor



Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

TACLOBAN CITY—Mayor Alfred Romualdez just received a fresh mandate and could not hide his happiness.

“I’m not only happy that the elections are over but I have survived. Imagine, kalaban ko pader (my foes was a pillar),” Romualdez told the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Tuesday morning.

Romualdez defeated An Waray Rep. Florencio Noel, an independent candidate who was endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III and his sister, celebrity Kris Aquino.

He was proclaimed by the City Elections Board of Canvassers at 7:51 a.m. after he received 45,182 votes against Noel’s 38,460 votes – a lead of 6,722 votes.

His wife, Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, was also leading in the race for the 10-seats on the City Council.

Cousin Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez was also on his way to serving a third and last term as he ran unopposed.

The re-elected mayor said he was happy that he won even if his opponent had the backing of the Aquinos.

“I was obviously the underdog,” he said.

Romualdez said he was both sad and disappointed that the President had been fed wrong information that Tacloban, under his leadership, did not show any progress.

In his message during a recent visit here, Aquino claimed that the city had not experienced any development while under the control of the Romualdezes.

Still, Romualdez said, he had nothing personally against the President, who, he believed, was just fed wrong information.

“Those people who are not from Tacloban who campaigned against me were misinformed by their leaders and I don’t blame them,” he said.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos