Singson vs. Singson: ‘Kailangan ama ang masunod, hindi yung anak’

Published October 2, 2021, 1:56 PM

by Jerick James Pasiliao

DAGUPAN CITY – A battle between a father and son will clash for the vice gubernatorial race in the province of Ilocos Sur on May 9, 2022 polls.

Three-term Gov. Ryan Luis Singson filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office on Friday, Oct 1 as he eyes the second-highest post in Ilocos Sur.

He filed his COC along with his wife, Patch who is targeting the gubernatorial seat.

File photo shown Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III (left), Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) chairman, administering the oath of former Ilocos Sur governor and incumbent Narvacan Mayor Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson as the political party’s new member at the NPC clubhouse in Quezon City on June 19, 2021. (Courtesy of Senate President Sotto/MANILA BULLETIN)

On the same day, Narvacan town mayor Chavit Singson also filed his COC to oppose the vice gubernatorial bid of his son, Ryan.

Chavit will be running with his brother incumbent vice governor Jerry, who will now run for governor.

The 80-year-old Chavit held the provincial capital between 1972 to 2013.

“Kailangan ama ang masusunod, hindi yung anak ang masusunod. Parang may sungay na yung anak ko, so wala siyang magagawa (The son should follow the father, not the other way around. It seems my son has (devil’s) horn but he can’t do anything),” Chavit said in one of the interviews of GMA’s Balitang Amianan.

Chavit’s team will run under the banner of the National People’s Coalition (NPC) while Ryan’s camp is under the ticket of a local political party, Bileg.

Meanwhile, Chavit’s elder son Ronald will run for congress in the first district, challenging incumbent Rep. Deogracias Victor Savellano, who is also Ryan’s father-in-law.

Another younger brother of Chavit, Rep. Jose Singson Jr of Probinsyano Ako party list, eyes mayoralty seat of Vigan City.

However, the provincial Comelec office bared that Ilocos Sur being considered under one of the areas of concern could not be determined by this time.

“Siguro tapusin muna natin yung Oct. 1 to 8 (na filing ng COC) bago natin masabi na may kailangang bantayan. Makikita natin ‘iyan hanggang mag-start yung campaign period (We might as well finish the Oct. 1-8 (filing) before we can say we have to be wary of anything. We can start seeing that once the campaign period starts),” provincial election supervisor lawyer Ericson Oganiza said.