2022 Philippine Elections

Chavit Singson running vs son for Ilocos Sur vice governor

Chavit Singson running vs son for Ilocos Sur vice governor

Rappler File Photo, Photo from Ryan Luis V. Singson Facebook Page

Rappler File Photo, Photo from Ryan Luis V. Singson Facebook Page

(1st UPDATE) For the gubernatorial race, it's Chavit's brother against the wife of Chavit's son

LAOAG CITY, Philippines – It’s Singson against Singson in the nearby province of Ilocos Sur.

Ilocos Sur kingpin Luis “Chavit” Singson will run for vice governor against his own son, outgoing governor Ryan Luis Singson. Chavit is incumbent mayor of Narvacan town, a post he won in 2019 when he ended the Zaragoza family’s reign in that town.

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

Ryan’s wife Patch Savellano-Singson will be running against Jerry for the gubernatorial post.

But on Monday, October 11, Chavit and Patch Savellano-Singson withdrew their candidacies.

For first district representative of Ilocos Sur, it will also be a battle between another Chavit son, Ronald, against Ryan Singson’s father-in-law, incumbent Representative Deogracias Victor Savellano.

The Singsons and Savellanos have dominated the province’s politics for five decades now,

CHAVIT’S TEAM. Chavit Singson (left) runs for vice governor along with brother Jerry Singson (center, for governor) and son Ronald (for congressman). Photo courtesy of Joyah Quimoyog
Photo courtesy of Joyah Quimoyog
Filed on same day

The teams of Chavit and Ryan separately filed their certificates of candidacies on Friday morning, October 1.

Chavit, who served as Ilocos Sur governor for various terms between 1972 to 2013, is the national president of the League of the Municipalities of the Philippines. He took his oath as a member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition party in June before Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who is running for vice president.

Ryan is on his last term as governor of the province, a post he has held since 2013.

RYAN SINGSON’S TEAM. Outgoing Ilocos Sur governor Ryan Luis Singson (far right) files his candidacy for vice governor along with his wife Patch Savellano Singson (for governor) and Ilocos Sur first district Rep. Deogracias Victor Savellano. Photo courtesy of PTV Ilocos
Photo courtesy of PTV Ylocos

Chavit rose to national fame when he exposed corruption under the administration of his erstwhile ally, then-president Joseph Estrada. His exposé on Estrada’s links to gambling led to a chain of events that impeached Estrada and forced him to resign in January 2001 after being president for just barely three years.

Probinsyano Ako party list Representative Jose Singson Jr, brother of Chavit, will run for mayor of Vigan City. – with reports from John Michael Mugas/Rappler.com

John Michael Mugas is also a correspondent for the Inquirer.