By Dhel Nazario 

Reelectionist Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez was officially proclaimed winner Tuesday night defeating former Mayor Florencio Bernabe by a wide margin in last Monday’s midterm election.

Olivarez, in his third and last term, bagged the majority of votes cast at 169, 224, over Bernabe’s total of 52, 842.

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His running mate, incumbent Rico Golez with 141,433 also defeated Bernabe’s running mate, Jeremy Marquez, son of comedian-actor and former Mayor Joey Marquez, with only 79,229 votes.

All candidate councilors under Olivarez’s Team Bagong Paranaque were also elected in District I and II including his brother Eric who won by a landslide in District I congressional race.

Neophyte politician Joy Tambunting, wife of outgoing District II Representative, Gus Tambunting, ran unopposed.

Olivarez was 1st District Representative in 2011-2013 when he run in the mayoralty race defeating Bernabe’s son Benjo in 2013 elections. He then ran unopposed in the 2016 mayoralty race.

In an interview, the re-elected mayor said that the victory of Bagong Paranaque Team is a clear manifestation of the voice of the people. “Indeed, the politics in my beloved city is now shifted triumphantly into a performance and program oriented politics rather than a personality one. “

“In behalf, therefore of my constituents and fellow Paranaquenos, I now urge everyone to be part of our collective advocacies for a more developed and progressive city,’ he said. #MatalinongBoto2019

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