• Families united, divided by politics


    Prominent political families in various provinces have either revived old rivalries or are facing new opponents. In some areas, family members are pitted against each other.

    Politics has divided a prominent family in northern Iloilo as two members vie for one position.

    Incumbent Iloilo Vice Gov. Raul “Boboy” Tupas, a Liberal Party (LP) member, was hoping for a chance to run as representative of the fifth district of Iloilo.

    However, he was ditched by his political party in favor of a new party member, Angelie Tupas, the wife of outgoing Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr.

    Tupas Jr., together with his wife, filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) on Thursday for Iloilo vice governor and representative of the fifth district, respectively.

    The feud between the brothers also divided the other siblings. Only sister Tweety Tupas-Balleza is rooting for Boboy while board member Bobong and Barotac Viejo Mayor Beng Tupas are supporting Tupas Jr. while other City Councilor Nielex Tupas and Darling Tupas, a doctor, remain uncommitted.

    La Union
    Meanwhile, in Bacnotan town in La Union province, two brothers will fight it out for the mayoral post that was vacated by their mother last year.

    Fontanilla Brothers, Rufino Jr. and Francisco, both filed their certificates of candidacy last week.

    Francis was appointed mayor after his mother, Minda, resigned from the position last year while Rufino is a barangay captain of Barangay Sta. Cruz.

    It is a different story, however, for the Lagman family of Albay.

    Rep. Edcel “Grex” Lagman has relinquished a reelection bid to give way to his father, veteran lawmaker Edcel.

    In a statement on Friday, the younger Lagman announced that he would instead serve as the Liberal Party (LP) District Chairman to lead the campaign for his father.

    The younger Lagman then claimed that he would later pursue a Masters in Law degree either in the United States or Singapore.

    “This opportunity to further my legal education is actually providential. I was able to endorse my father—a respected statesman and well-loved national figure. He can once again represent the First District of Albay with excellence and distinction in the House of Representatives and greatly contribute to the crafting of quality legislation and in enriching our country’s public life,” Grex pointed out.

    The Lagman patriarch took his oath as an LP member this year. He used to be a hard-hitting critic of the Aquino administration during the 15th Congress in his capacity as House Minority Leader.

    Filing of COCs was a family affair for the Garcia family in Bataan as a father and his four children trooped to the Comelec office in Bataan on Friday.

    Rep. Enrique Garcia of Bataan’s second district filed his COC as vice-governor of his son, reelectionist Gov. Albert Garcia.

    Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia 3rd aims to replace his father as representative of the province’s second district.

    Meanwhile, filling the position to be vacated by Joet as Balanga City mayor is their youngest brother Francis Garcia, a financial analyst and member of the Board of Directors of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

    Seeking reelection as mayor of Dinalupihan, Bataan is Maria Gila Garcia. She is on her second term.

    Tet and his four children are running under the banner of the National Unity Party that has formed a coalition with the Liberal Party recently.

    General Santos
    The mother-daughter tandem of Mindanao Development Authority Chairperson Luwalhati Ricasa-Antonino and former General Santos City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio led the members of the local political party Achievers with Integrity Movement (AIM) to the Comelec office in General Santos City on Thursday to accompany their political bets.

    The party endorsed last termer General Santos City councilor Richard Atendido for mayor and lawyer Tonton Acharon for vice mayor who will run against incumbent Mayor Ronnel Rivera and Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles.

    Narly Atendido, wife of the AIM mayoralty bet Richard, said that former General Santos Mayor Custodio decided not to run in the 2016 election to concentrate on managing their chain of businesses while MINDA chair Antonino will also focus on campaigning for Liberal Party flag bearer Mar Roxas campaign.

    Nueva Vizcaya
    The Nacionalista Party (NP) of Nueva Vizcaya has a new setup for the top posts held by the Padilla couple. Rep. Carlos Padilla of the lone district of the province and his wife, Gov. Ruth Padilla, they will swap posts.

    The representative, who is finishing his three successive term, and will vacate his position for his wife Ruth.

    In Leyte province, outgoing Hindang town Mayor Elpedio Cabal Jr., will field his wife Betty to run for mayor of the town. The incumbent mayor will be her running mate as he files a COC for vice mayor.

    Betty Cabal was the town’s municipal mayor from 1998-2001. Elpedio, was elected mayor in July 2007 and is on his last term.



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    1. The PCGG should look inti Cong. Edcel Lagman’s family fortune. They have acquired tact of haciendas in the first district of Albay. Their accumolated wealth is not comensurate to their earnings as politicians.They do not have any big bussiness to augment their wealthAng mga tao sa first district nang Albay mga inutil o mga bulag o nag bulag-bulagan lang na hindi nakikita ang mga ginagawa nina Cong. Lagman and family.Hoy mga inutil kumilos kayo.

      their accumolated wealth is not comensurate to