Chavit Singson returns to Ilocos Sur politics
Ilocos Sur’s political kingpin, Luis “Chavit” Singson, is back.
Barely three years after stepping down as governor, the patriarch of the Singson dynasty will be running for vice governor in the 2016 elections.
The 74-year-old Chavit is the running mate of his son, re-electionist Gov. Ryan Luis Singson, who is seeking his second term. Both are running under the Nacionalista Party.
The incumbent vice governor, Ryan’s father-in-law Deogracias Victor Savellano, is running as representative of the 1st District, as Ryan’s brother Ronald is on his last term.
The father-and-son tandem is challenged by Benito Aguilar and Rosalia Rodriguez, governor and vice governor candidates, respectively, of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL).
The elder Singson was the whistleblower in the jueteng scandal that put down the administration of then president and now Manila mayor Joseph Estrada.
Chavit was governor of Ilocos Sur from 1972 to 1986, 1992 to 2001, 2004 to 2007, and 2010 to 2013.
He was also representative of the 1st District from 1987 to 1992.
In 2013 elections, the Singsons again dominated the elections in the province. Elected governor was Chavit’s son Ryan. Another son, Ronald, is the representative of the 1st District.
Chavit’s cousin Eric also won the 2nd District congressional district. Eric’s son, Ericson, ran unopposed in the Candon City mayoral race, while brother Alphonse is set to return as vice mayor.
Eric’s niece Kristelle also succeeded in her reelection bid as city councilor.
Meanwhile, Eric’s nephew Zuriel Zaragosa and niece Fayinna remain as mayor and vice-mayor of Narvacan town, respectively.
Other Chavit relatives who won are brother Jeremias, who was reelected as provincial board member, and sister Germalina Goulart who won unopposed as Caoayan mayor, and niece Eva Marie Medina was also the sole mayoral bet in Vigan City.
Eva’s son, Carlo, and Jeremias’ son, John Patrick, also won as Vigan City councilors.
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