POLITICS Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, Cavite’s Remulla, Pampanga’s Pineda, Bataan’s Garcias are Unopposed

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UNOPPOSED PAMPANGA Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with Governor Lilia Pineda. In another photo, unopposed Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos show off her COC together with Rep. Imelda Marcos as Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and supporters look on.
 
By CLAIRE MORALES TRUE and JO ERLINDA GABOT NEBRES

LAOAG CITY/TRECE MARTIRES CITY (PHLTODAYUSA/PhilAmPress) – Governor Maria Imelda Josefa Marcos, popularly known as “Imee,” is now considered reelected for another three-year term as provincial chief executive.
And so with her cousin Vice Governor Angelo Marcos Barba.
This developed after the candidates for Governor and Vice Governor of Ilocos Norte under the Liberal Party and Nationalist People’s Coalition withdrew their CoC on December 10, the last day of substitution of candidates for the 2016 elections.
Only one vote will be needed on election day to affirm the reelection of Governor Marcos and Vice Governor Barba for their third and final term of office.
The development confirms that Ilocos Norte remains a stronghold of the Marcoses three decades since the ouster of the clan’s patriarch, President Ferdinand Marcos, in the 1986 People Power Revolution and replaced by President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. Mr. Marcos won and was proclaimed reelected president in a snap election against Mrs Aquino before the revolution.
Also running in Ilocos Norte is former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, who is seeking her third and final term as congresswoman of the second district. Like Governor Marcos, Congresswoman Imelda Marcos is reportedly also unopposed.
Another member of the clan, Matthew Marcos-Manotoc, the governor’s youngest son, is running for member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan representing the second district;
Governor Marcos, elder sister of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who is running for vice president, joined about 40 percent of candidates nationwide with no opponents or if at all have token opponents, which political analysts reported was unprecedented in election history in the country.

Other notables who have no opponents are former president now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her ally Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, and the governor of Cavite, the country’s biggest province in terms of population.
Former Congressman Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, a lawyer, substituted for his unopposed brother, incumbent Cavite Governor Juan Victor “Junvic” Remulla who reportedly is pursuing post gradudate studies in Harvard University. Like the Pampanga Governor, Vice Governor Dennis Pineda is also unopposed.
 Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is unopposed for his third and last term under the United Negros Alliance (UNegA). Also unopposed in the province are 2nd District’s Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva and 6th District’s Rep. Mercedes Alvarez and nine town mayors.
In Bataan, Governor Albert “Abet” Garcia whose father, Rep. Enrique Garcia is running also unopposed for vice governor together with his  Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia III for congressman of the second district, and Francis Garcia, a financial analyst and member of the board of directors of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, who is running for Balanga mayor.
In Pampanga, former President now Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the second district is also running unopposed for her third and final term in the district which covers the towns of Lubao, Sasmuan, Guagua, Sta. Rita, Floridablanca and Porac. Mrs. Arroyo’s father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal, hailed from Lubao, while her mother, the late First Lady Dr. Evangelina Macapagal hailed from Binalonan, Pangasinan where a grandson, Mayor Ramon N. Guico III, is also running unopposed.

In Laguna, outgoing Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas and Binan City Mayor Marilyn Len Len Alonte-Naguiat are running unopposed for congresswoman in  first district and the new congressional district of Binan..

Also unopposed are Aurora Gov. Gerardo Noveras,  Pangasinan Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, Mountain Province Congressman Maximo Dalog and Gov. Leonard Mayaen and Apayao Congressman. Eleanor Begtang and Gov. Elias Bulut Jr.
In Davao del Norte, banana king Antonio Floreindo is running unopposed for congressman, replacing his nephew Rep. Antonio Lagdameo. Others unopposed are
Imus Rep. Alex Advincula and Cavite Rep. Abraham Tolentino; Negros Oriental Representatives Leo Rafael Cueva and Mercedes Alvarez; comebacking former Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio,  Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, and North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza.
The new province of  Davao Occidental also has a lone candidate for  governor, Claude Bautista, who is relinquishing his first-term governorship of Davao del Sur in exchange for the honor of being the founding chief executive of the new province. His sister, Lorna Bautista-Bantigan, is also running unopposed as the province’s congressional representative, her first electoral venture. Another sibling, incumbent Davao del Sur Rep. Franklin Bautista is instead running for vice governor under his brother, also unopposed
In Metro Manila, running unopposed are Quezon City Rep. Alfredo Vargas, Las Pinas City Rep. Mark Villar, Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco and Rep. Toby Tiangco, Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop and Rizal Rep. Isidro Rodriguez Jr..
Considered sure winners but with token opponents are  Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista together with Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez,  Pasig City Roberto Eusebio, husband of incumbent mayor; Las Piñas City’s Imelda Aguilar, wife of incumbent mayor Vergel Aguilar; and Carmelita Abalos of Mandaluyong City, wife of incumbent mayor Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr.
There are many other candidates, mayor, vice mayors, councilors, governors, vice governors, provincial board members and other local posts and national posts in many parts of the country who will need only one vote to affirm their election or reelection in the May 9, 2016 elections. (Claire Morales True/Jo Erlinda Gabot Nebres/PhilAmPress)

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