Leyte mayor-elect won by only 1 vote

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Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, May 15) — It was a really close fight in San Isidro town, Leyte as mayor-elect Remedio “Wingbebot” Veloso defeated the incumbent by only one vote.

Veloso of the United Nationalist Alliance won the mayoralty race with 8,829 votes against outgoing Mayor Susan Ang's 8,828 votes. Ang is with the ruling PDP-Laban party.

Veloso, a two-term municipal councilor, is the nephew of Leyte 3rd District Representative Ching Veloso, who won a reelection.

They are part of the Veloso-Cari-Loreto-Petilla political clan which has ruled Leyte for nearly a century with a history that dates back to the American colonial period.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) placed San Isidro town under the orange category or areas of immediate concern. An area falls under this category if there is serious threat posed by armed rebel groups, or if at least two of the following factors are present: occurrence of suspected election-related incidents during the campaign period and in previous polls, intense partisan political rivalry, possible deployment of private armed groups, and if it was previously placed under COMELEC control.

Authorities are investigating the killing of San Isidro municipal administrator Levi Mabini, who was shot by unidentified assailants while visiting Ang's home less than a week before the May 13 midterm elections. The Veloso camp has since accused the police and military of harassment after an operation that was supposedly conducted in their house without a search warrant.

Tacloban City-based journalist Wil Mark Amazona contributed to this report.