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Climaco defeats Lobregat in Zamboanga City mayoral race

ZAMBOANGA MAYOR. Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle 'Beng' Climaco talks to reporters after the flag-raising ceremony at the Zamboanga City Hall on September 8, 2014. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ZAMBOANGA MAYOR. Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle 'Beng' Climaco talks to reporters after the flag-raising ceremony at the Zamboanga City Hall on September 8, 2014.

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Reelectionist Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle "Beng" Climaco Salazar won her 3rd term in city hall.

She was proclaimed Thursday, May 16, having led outgoing Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat by 33,736 votes. 

Climaco got 146,079 votes against Lobregat's 112,343. Two other contenders got combined votes of 13,293. Zamboanga City has 467,535 voters. (Check the results here.)

Lobregat ran under the ruling PDP-Laban although President Rodrigo Duterte also raised Climaco's hand during the campaign.

Climaco is among a few local candidates of the opposition Liberal Party (LP) who won in their races. She is on her third and last term as mayor. 

It's a rematch of sorts between the city's political families. Lobregat is the son of the late mayor and Marcos ally Maria Clara Lobregat. She was defeated by Climaco's uncle, former mayor Cesar Climaco.

Lobregat also served as Zamboanga City mayor from 2004 to 2013. Climaco served as Zamboanga City 1st District representative from 2007 to 2013, then as city mayor beginning 2013. – Rappler.com