2022 PH local races

Old man Abalos seeks Mandaluyong comeback

Rambo Talabong
Old man Abalos seeks Mandaluyong comeback

VETERAN POLITICIAN. Benjamin Abalos Sr. speaks with reporters after filing his certificate of candidacy for mayor of Mandaluyong City.

Mayor Menchie Abalos Facebook page

Benjamin Abalos Sr. runs for Mandaluyong mayor once again. His daughter-in-law Menchie is seeking the vice mayoralty.

Benjamin Abalos Sr., the father of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chief Benhur Abalos, is seeking a political comeback at age 86.

Abalos on Wednesday, October 6, filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for mayor of Mandaluyong, seeking to succeed his daughter-in-law, Menchie Abalos, who is Benhur’s wife.

Old man Abalos seeks Mandaluyong comeback

Menchie has served two consecutive terms as mayor and slid down to seek the vice mayoralty as her father-in-law guns for the higher post.

Menchie originally planned to max out the three-term limit, but Benjamin Sr. decided to run again after his wife Corazon died in January. He said he sought to fulfill a “promise” to her in taking another shot at politics.

Abalos was the mayor of Mandaluyong from 1988 to 1997, then became the MMDA chairman from 2001 to 2002. From 2002 to 2007, he was the chairman of the Commission on Elections. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.