CITY of San Fernando, Pampanga -- For the third time, Gov. Lilia G. Pineda defeated former priest-turned-politician Eddie Panlilio with an overwhelming lead in Monday’s elections.
The large margin of votes by Pineda compelled Panlilio to concede before the final counting ended.
Final results from the Commission on Elections showed Pineda with 430,083 votes while Panlilio got 107,447 votes.
Pineda’s son, Dennis, also defeated his opponent in the vice gubernatorial race with 343,307 votes over his rival Maria Amalia Tiglao who only got 133,659 votes.
The governor’s best friend, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was leading the congressional race in the province’s second district with a wide margin against her opponent, lawyer Vivian Dabu who was the provincial administrator of Panlilio during the latter’s stint as governor of Pampanga.
Meanwhile, basketball coach and Vice Gov. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao, who got 57,645 votes, was proclaimed winner in the first district congressional race over Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno, with 53,958 votes.
Former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo lost to comebacking congressman Rimpy Bondoc in the fourth district and former City of San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez won over Rep. Aurelio Gonzales in the third district.