Narvacan Mayor Luis Chavit Singson withdrew his certificate of candidacy for the May 2022 vice-gubernatorial elections in Ilocos Sur on Monday, October 11.
Patch Savellano-Singson, wife of incumbent Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis Singson, arrived and filed her withdrawal as well.
The 80-year-old patriarch of the powerful political clan arrived at the COMELEC provincial office, expressing delight that family members had initiated talks to maintain peace in the powerful clan.
Chavit and his son, Ryan, both filed certificates of candidacy for the vice gubernatorial race on October 1.
Their two camps squared off in other local races, with father and son taking their gripes against each other to the press.
Savellano-Singson would have faced Governor Jerry Singson, another of Chavit’s sons, for the province’s gubernatorial race.
“Maraming intriga ang politics. I’m happy nag-usap na yung dalawang magkapatid,” Singson said, referring to Ryan and his brother, Ronald, who filed a COC for the congressional race in the province’s 1st District, where Ryan’s father-in-law is seeking reelection.
(Politics has plenty of intrigue. I’m happy the two brothers talked.)
“Yun lang hinihingi ko. Nagpapasalamat ako kay Governor Ryan, kay Ronald, lahat ng nakialam dito. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat,” said Chavit in a media interview. (That’s all I wanted. I thank Governor Ryan, Ronald, and all who intervened. I thank them all for everything.)
Chavit’s change of heart seemingly happened over the weekend, as he earlier said he would remain undeterred by his son’s challenge.
In a recent interview by GMA Regional TV’s Balitang Amianan, Chavit scolded Ryan for openly opposing his father’s political plans. – Rappler.com
Ahikam Pasion is a Luzon-based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship.