Did Erap endorsement work for Poe in Manila?
Despite an endorsement from her godfather, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, Sen. Grace Poe lost to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, where the two presidential candidates held their proclamation rallies and miting de avance. Duterte emerged with 325,050 votes or 43.38 percent of the votes cast, while Poe ranked second with 181,170 votes or 27.04 percent. Vice President Jejomar Binay was third with 96,997 or 12.94 percent, while administration candidate Mar Roxas landed fourth with 88,047 votes or 11.75 percent. The city had 974,479 registered voters, but based on the canvassing by the Commission on Elections, only 764,563 voted, for a 78-percent turnout. Duterte’s ticket was carried by 5th District representative and losing mayoralty candidate Amado Bagatsing. Aie Balagtas See
Cayetanos make it a ‘sister (in-law) act’ in Taguig
The Taguig City government will have two female Cayetanos calling the shots. Mayor Lani Cayetano ran unopposed in May 9 elections and got her third term while sister-in-law Pia Cayetano, after two terms as senator, will return as a House member representing the second district. Meanwhile, Arnel Cerafica won as House member for District 1. Lani is the wife of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who ran for Vice President and recently conceded to Leni Robredo. Also without an opponent, Lani’s running mate, Ricardo Cruz Jr., is the next vice mayor. In the council, Team Lani swept all the posts for the two districts. In District 1, the proclaimed winners were Allan Paul Cruz, Darwin Icay, Rodil Marcelino, Rommel Tanyag, Gigi Valenzuela de Mesa, Carlito Ogalinola, Ferdie Bro Santos, and Ryanne Gutierrez. In District 2: Arvin Alit, Pammy Zamora, Jojo Eron, Noel Dizon, Ric Paul Jordan, Mher Supan, Yasser Pangandaman, and Jaime Garcia. Kristine Felisse Mangunay
Train kills man from Manila traffic office
A member of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) was killed after being hit by a Philippine National Railways (PNR) train on Saturday morning. According to witnesses, 35-year-old Alejandro Marquez was wearing earphones when he was crossing the tracks around 10 a.m. near Batangas Street in Tondo, Manila. Rommel San Juan, the operator of the southbound train that hit the Tondo resident, will not be charged for the incident, according to Senior Insp. Arnold Sandoval, investigation chief of the Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit. On May 3, another man also died after being hit by a PNR train in Manila. Annelle Tayao-Juego
3-week Skyway work narrows Osmeña southbound
The Skyway Stage 3 contractor began on Friday its drainage work on the southbound side of Osmeña Highway in Makati City, in front of Cash and Carry Mall up to Emilia Street. This work requires the closure of one of the three service road lanes to allow the contractor to install a new drainage line and give way to the erection of columns in the area. Southbound motorists are advised to take the Buendia flyover to proceed to the Skyway System’s elevated and at-grade sections. Additional traffic enforcers will be deployed along the affected area, where the road lane reduction scheme is being implemented in coordination with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Makati Public Safety Department.