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Celebrity winners and losers in May 2010 polls

More than a hundred celebrities tried their luck in the recently concluded May 10 elections, but whose stars shone on the ballots? Here are some of the celebrities who are leading their respective races in the counting of votes based on the unofficial tally of GMA Network, based on 85 per cent of election returns nationwide that have been transmitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Senators Ramon “Bong" Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, and former senator Tito Sotto are almost sure of regaining their seats in the Senate. Their colleague Lito Lapid, however, is still hanging precariously to the 11th spot in the tally. ‘Star for All Seasons’ Vilma Santos is likewise set to be re-elected as governor of the province of Batangas, while Emilio Ejercito, more popularly known as George Estregan Jr., is likely to be elected as governor of Laguna province. Also leading the race for Bulacan vice governor is Daniel Fernando, who was almost disqualified by the Comelec for using his screen name instead of his real name. Almost certainly, Sarangani’s lone district will have for its Congressional representative Pinoy boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. TV host Lucy Torres-Gomez, who replaced her husband Richard Gomez in his electoral bid, is also slated to be the next representative of Leyte’s 4th district. Bong Revilla’s wife Lani Mercado-Revilla is ahead of her rivals in the Congressional race for Cavite’s second district. Actor Dan Fernandez’s bid for re-election as Laguna’s first district representative has also prospered, even as he was ousted by the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) due to residency issues. The Supreme Court later reversed the HRET decision. Former child star Herbert Bautista has been proclaimed as Quezon City mayor, given his wide lead. Alfred Vargas, Roderick Paulate, and Precious Hipolito also garnered enough votes to win seats in the city council. In Manila, Isko Moreno is assured of re-election as vice mayor, along with city councilors Lou Veloso and Robert Ortega. Marjorie Barretto and Roselle Nava are likewise leading in the counting of votes for councilor in the cities of Caloocan and Parañaque, respectively. In a GMA News Research report, 16 out of the 109 celebrities who ran in the May 10 elections were eyeing national positions. Falling stars The candidacy of so many showbiz stars have indeed dazzled the first ever automated polls, but for the more unfortunate celebrities, their future in politics seems bleak as seen in the initial results of the counting of votes. A far second in the presidential race is long-time action star and former President Joseph Estrada, who is trailing front runner Sen. Noynoy Aquino. In the vice presidential derby, popular television host Edu Manzano is currently in fourth place. In Bohol, action star Cesar Montano is trailing two other candidates in the gubernatorial race while Rommel Padilla meanwhile is at second place in the vice gubernatorial race for Nueva Ecija. Aiko Melendez failed to secure the vice mayoral position of Quezon City while in Parañaque, comedians Joey Marquez and Anjo Yllana are facing imminent defeat in the electoral races for mayor and vice mayor, respectively. Tito Varela and Jestoni Alarcon are also unlikely to clinch Congressional posts for Caloocan City and for the second district of Rizal Province, respectively. – Fidel R. Jimenez and Jerrie Abella/YA, GMANews.TV