Lenlen Oreta ahead in Malabon mayoral race

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Incumbent Malabon City Mayor Antolin "Lenlen" Oreta.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) — Incumbent Malabon City Mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta is poised for reelection as he leads the mayoral race.

Oreta, a member of the Liberal Party, continued to top the race with 99,425 votes while challenger Jeannie Sandoval — the city vice mayor — was behind with 55,579 votes as of 2:50 p.m., according to CNN Philippines' partial, unofficial tally based on raw data from the Commission on Elections media server.

President Rodrigo Duterte endorsed Sandoval’s bid during a campaign sortie of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) last month. On the other hand, he threatened to arrest Oreta if the mayor fails to rid the city of illegal drugs

"Mayor, linisin mo ang Malabon mo. Bigyan kita isang buwan. Pag hindi, sabihin ko kay Ricky (Sandoval) sorry na lang ha … pahuli mo mayor ninyo. Itapon ko sa Manila Bay," Duterte had said, referring to Sandoval’s husband Ricky who is running for Malabon congressman.

[Translation: Mayor, clean up your Malabon. I give you a month. Otherwise, I will tell Ricky, I'm sorry, have your mayor arrested. I'll throw him into Manila Bay.]

Ricky Sandoval, who ran under PDP-Laban too, is also falling behind in poll results with only 64,902 votes compared to leading bet Jaye Lacson-Noel who has 84,856.

Oreta, in his response to the President, touted that nine of 21 barangays in the city have already been declared “drug-cleared.” 

READ: Malabon mayor counters Duterte: We do not tolerate drug abuse