By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
Amid several allegations against him, Lenlen Oreta remains the majority’s choice to become the Malabon City mayor.
The city board of canvassers has proclaimed him as the city mayor after garnering at least 99,885 votes, the result of 99.2% total of votes.
Oreta ran against administration-backed Vice Mayor Jeannie Sandoval, who garnered at least 55,759 votes.
During the campaign period, President Duterte hit at Oreta for alleged illegal drugs problem in Malabon.
The President even threatened him that he would face arrest if he would not rid the city of illegal drugs in one month.
However, Oreta belied this, citing the 15 out of 21 Malabon barangays which have already been declared drug-cleared by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
“Wala namang nakasampang kaso satin. Kaya lahat ng ‘yon puro haka haka (There are no legal cases filed against us, so those are just rumors),” he told reporters after his proclamation.
Asked about why he thinks majority of the city residents voted for him, he said: “I think, nakita sa performance natin, sa work ethic narin at saka of course sa lahat ng tulong ng mga nagtatrabaho dito (I think, I have won because they have seen our performance and our work ethic. And of course, because of the help of our supporters).”
On his third term, Oreta has vowed to continue his flood control projects.
“Definitely, yung baha sa Dampalit, maayos na natin kasi magkakaroon na ng maayos na pag-uusap samin ng aking team (Definitely, the flood problem in Barangay Dampalit will be addressed because we’ll be closely coordinating.),” he said.
Oreta also said that he will continue to eradicate malnutrition in the city and give the right nourishment to the kids.
Oreta’s proclaimed vice mayor is Ninong Dela Cruz, who got at least 82,463 votes.
Meanwhile, Jaye Lacson-Noel, who once ran for mayor against Oreta in 2016, has been proclaimed as the city’s lone district representative. She has vowed that there will be good teamwork between her and Oreta “as like what they always did in the past.