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Payumo playing spoiler’s role in Garcia dynasty’s control of Bataan

Nov 25, 2015 @ 8:46

The reigning Garcia clan in Bataan almost dominated the major elective posts in the province in the upcoming 2016 elections. Almost.

Four of the five members of the influential political family are running unopposed except for Dinalupihan Mayor Gila Garcia, who will be challenged by former mayor Lucila Payumo.

Lucila, mayor of Dinalupihan from 1987-1995, is the sister-in-law of the Garcias’ long-time rival, former congressman and Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) chairman Felicito “Tong” Payumo.
But wait, there’s more.

Lucila, according to local political rumor, will be replaced at the last-minute by Tong for the Dinalupihan mayoralty race.

Tong is raring to avenge the Payumos’ loss in the 2013 elections. In that previous election, he was defeated in the 1st District House seat by now incumbent Rep. Herminia Roman.
His nephew Joel also lost the gubernatorial race. Another nephew, Jojo, failed to unseat Mayor Gila Garcia.

Back to the Garcias, incumbent governor Albert Garcia is running for re-election. His father, outgoing 2nd District Rep. Enrique “Tet” Garcia, will now be taking the vice gubernatorial seat.
Albert’s brother, Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III, will take the place of their father Tet in Congress.

The youngest son, meanwhile, SBMA director Francis Garcia, is running for mayor of Balanga.
They are all unopposed, except for their sister Gila in Dinalupihan.

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