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June 30, 2019

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte takes her oath of office on June 30, the day her three-year term officially starts.

Belmonte was previously vice mayor of the city.

June 17, 2019

Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada says he is "leaving the city in good hands" as he meets with Mayor-elect Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, his former vice mayor and his rival in the midterm elections in May.

Estrada's loss was among a series of electoral defeats for the family in the local race in San Juan City and in the national elections, where half-brothers Jinggoy Estrada and Sen. JV Ejercito both failed to win in the 12-seat race.

Domagoso said City Hall employees should not worry about their jobs and that they will not be transferred out.

May 20, 2019

Pasig mayor-elect Vico Sotto also says he has no plans to join the ruling PDP-Laban party of President Rodrigo Duterte as he prefers a small political party.

Sotto belongs to Aksyon Demokratiko party.

May 20, 2019

Pasig City Mayor-elect Vico Sotto says he hopes reports that his opponent Bobby Eusebio is mulling to file an election protest against his camp aren't true.

"I really think if he does push through with it, siya naman po ang mapapahiya... It's his right he can do it if he wants... It's time for us to move forward," Sotto says in an interview over ANC's "Headstart."

May 15, 2019

Having ended the 50-year streak of the Estrada-Ejercito clan, Francis Zamora, the new mayor of San Juan, tells ANC that he learned from his 2016 mayoral defeat against the family.

He claims that after he lost, he did not stop being of service to communities in the lead up to the May 13 election.

Zamora is a basketball player by profession.

While he is credited for denying an extension in the dynastic term of the Estrada-Ejercito clan, Zamora himself comes from a political family in San Juan.

May 15, 2019

Toby Tiangco starts his term as Navotas' new mayor.

As he leaves the House of Representatives after three terms, Toby Tiangco is given a fresh mandate as mayor of Navotas City.

Tiangco earned 78,778 votes out of the 114,408 residents registered. His rival, Di Ang gained 33,216.

Clint Geronimo is serving as new vice mayor, while Tiangco's brother, John Rey, is taking the congressional seat he's vacating. (Photo by Toby Tiangco's campaign)

May 14, 2019

Caloocan Mayor Oca Malapitan is slated to win by a landslide a third and last term with 423,072 votes earned, reports The STAR's Marc Jayson Cayabyab.

With a 98.3% of votes tallied, Malapitan is expected to be proclaimed winner at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

May 14, 2019

Jaime Fresnedi extends his mayoralty in Muntinlupa City.

He was first elected vice mayor in the city in 1998. By 1998, he started his first office as mayor.

In 2016, he was reelected as mayor before extending his term following yesterday's election.

May 14, 2019

Newcomers and veterans from the Villar-Aguilar clan make a successful run in Las Piñas, keeping their 24-year hold in the city.

Imelda Aguilar extends her term for three more years as mayor, while her daughter, April, takes the vice mayor's seat.

Mayor Aguilar is sister-in-law to former Senator Manny Villar, who is also the richest man in the Philippines.

Two other Aguilars, meanwhile, secure council positions.

Camille Villar, daughter of front running reelectionist Sen. Cynthia Villar, is elected to public office for the first time as lone representative.

May 14, 2019

Pasig City's new millennial mayor, Vico Sotto, may have ended the city's decades-long Eusebio hold, but he is being made to wait a little longer for a formality.

In a statement issued Tuesday past 9:30 a.m., Sotto says it is "mathematically impossible for our opponents to win" yet the Commission on Elections is taking its time before proclaiming him and Roman Romulo winners.

Romulo, whose reelection bid for Pasig representative was successful, has been waiting alongside Sotto since past 5 a.m. on Tuesday for the proclamation.

"We can wait. BUT we are asking the COMELEC to inform us WHY there is such a delay," Sotto says.

May 14, 2019

Pasig City elects Metro Manila's first millennial mayor. Vico Sotto claims the mayoral seat from the Eusebios who have been sitting for almost three decades.

"Sulit po ang pagod at effort natin. Narinig na ng bayan ang ating tinig," Sotto says in a Facebook post past 5 a.m. as he awaits his proclamation by the Commission on Elections.

He is seen in this photo with Roman Romulo, who secures a fresh mandate at the House of Representatives for the city. (Photo from Vico Sotto)

Mayor Vico Sotto, Pasig
May 13, 2019

After waiting for five hours, Pasig City mayoral candidate Vico Sotto, who is challenging the longtime incumbent Bobby Eusebio, finally casts his ballot.

Sotto earlier refused to vote and instead opted to wait for the malfunctioning vote counting machines to be fixed or replaced.

May 13, 2019

Rep. Bingbong Crisologo (Quezon City) and son, lawyer Edrix Crisologo, are released from police custody after spending the night at Camp Karingal, the headquarters of Quezon City police.

They were arrested in a anti-vote buying operation in the city on Sunday night for allegations of obstruction of justice for having an altercation with authorities.

The elder Crisologo is running for the mayoral post in the vote-rich city. He is set to vote in his district this afternoon, he son tells journalists.

May 13, 2019

Pasig City mayoral candidate Vico Sotto refuses to proceed voting in a polling precinct and says he is waiting for the vote counting machines to be fixed.

Sotto, who is challenging incumbent Bobby Eusebio whose family has held the mayoral post for decades, tells ANC that there have been around 35 defective VCMs reported in the city as of mid-morning.

May 13, 2019

Makati City congressional candidate Jejomar Binay is an early bird in a polling precinct in Makati City.

His ballot, however, is not being read by the voting counting machine after eight attempts. (Video by The STAR/Mong Pintolo; Report by The STAR/Robertzon Ramirez)

May 13, 2019

Quezon City Rep. Bingbong Crisologo remains under police custody at headquarters Camp Karingal on election day.

His poll watchers, around 40 of them, and his son, lawyer Edrix Crisologo, were also arrested last night in an police operation against vote-buying at Barangay Toro in Quezon City.

Crisologo was nabbed over allegations that he was attempting to disrupt police operations. He denies this.

May 12, 2019

Quezon City police arrests mayoral candidate Bingbong Crisologo over allegations related to vote buying on the eve of election day.

He and son, lawyer Edrix Crisologo, are seen handcuffed at Quezon City police headquarters Camp Karingal.

Radio reports say Crisologo, a mayoral candidate, was apprehended at Barangay Toro where he had a disagreement with cops.

Crisologo arrested
May 11, 2019

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says a total of 531,307 education officials, teachers and personnel will be mobilized for Monday's midterm election. A total of 36,830 schools, meanwhile, will be used as polling precincts.

"We at the Department of Education thank them for continuing to be on the frontline of the foremost exercise of democracy in the country notwithstanding the demands and challenges the season entails," Briones says in a statement.

She also reminds officials and employees of the education agency that they are prohibited from "electioneering and engaging in any partisan political activity."

May 11, 2019

A man is facing vote buying charges after his arrest in Malabon last night. He was spotted with 17 envelopes containing P300 each and stub tickets pledging support for a councilor candidate.

Joel Adora, 48, was arrested in Bgy Concepcion after village officers caught him with envelopes containing cash, a list of voter beneficiaries and stubs pledging their votes for Mac Tiangco.

Adora denied the charge, saying the money was for volunteers. (Report by STAR/Marc Jayson Cayabyab; Photos from Northern Police District PIO)

This thread will be updated with developments on the political race in Metro Manila.

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