PAMPANGA, Philippines – Despite Governor Lilia Pineda's endorsement, Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II ended up in 4th place in the presidential election in this province while his running mate, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, finished only 2nd in the vice presidential race.
With 99.90% or 1,996 of the 1,998 election returns in Pampanga as of 9:45 am on Friday, May 13, Rodrigo Duterte leads the presidential contest with 433,759 votes against Roxas' 141,617 votes.
Senator Grace Poe is in 2nd place with 238,681 votes, Vice President Jejomar Binay is 3rd place with 159,525 votes. Senator Miriam Santiago is in last place with 46,803 votes.
In the vice presidential race, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr is leading with 433,905 votes. Trailing him are Robredo with 293,277 votes, Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero with 140,971 votes, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 102,492 votes, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with 13,327 votes, and Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan II with 12,700 votes.
In the Pineda clan's hometown of Lubao, Duterte secured the top spot with 25,191 votes, while Roxas was 4th with only 4,194 votes. (WATCH: Arroyo ally Pineda supports Roxas-Robredo tandem in Pampanga)
Marcos also won the vice presidential race in Lubao town with 31,849. Robredo is in 2nd place with only 11,812 votes.
During President Benigno Aquino III's visit in Pampanga on March 17, Pineda vowed her province's full support for the LP candidates.
"Mr President, dito po sa Pampanga, sa bilyon-bilyong binigay ninyong proyekto, lalo na po sa infrastructure, 'yung mga bilyong binigay ninyong pondo para sa ikauunlad ng province of Pampanga, lahat po ng mga Kapampangan pinapangako ko po sa inyo na susuportahan lahat ng inyong mga kandidato," Pineda said in her speech, to the applause and cheers of thousands of her constituents in front of the provincial capitol building here.
(Mr President, because of the billions you gave Pampanga for projects, especially infrastructure, the billions you gave for the development of the province, I promise you that all Kapampangans will support your candidates.)
Aquino visited Pampanga with Roxas, Robredo, and some senatorial candidates of Team Daang Matuwid.
In Angeles City, a highly urbanized city which is politically independent from Pampanga, Duterte won in the presidential election with 67,773 votes, followed by Poe with 38,112 votes, Roxas with 14,770 votes, Binay with 11,383 votes, and Santiago with 7,044 votes.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who won his reelection bid for his 3rd term against Senator Manuel "Lito" Lapid, endorsed the candidacy of Duterte.
In the vice presidential race in Angeles City, Marcos is on top with 58,644 votes. In 2nd place is Robredo with 35,283 votes.
Cayetano, Pamintuan's endorsed bet, is in 4th place with only 16,505 votes, trailing 3rd placer Escudero who got 22,109 votes.
In nearby Tarlac, home province of Aquino, Roxas won with 194,974 votes, followed by Poe with 185,918 votes, Duterte with 159,187 votes, and Binay with 47,177 votes.
Robredo got the top spot in the vice presidential race in Tarlac with 243,756 votes. In 2nd place is Marcos 214,166, followed by Escudero with 75,224 votes, Cayetano with 31,821 votes, Trillanes with 20,715 votes, and Honasan with 7,884 votes.
About half of Tarlac's residents are Ilocanos. – Rappler.com