2022 PH local races

Erice vs Malapitan: Caloocan’s 2 congressmen eye mayoral post

Dwight de Leon
Erice vs Malapitan: Caloocan’s 2 congressmen eye mayoral post

WHO TAKES CITY HALL? Caloocan 1st District Representative Edgar Erice (left) and 2nd District Representative Dale 'Along' Malapitan are running for mayor

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Caloocan’s lawmakers, Edgar Erice and Along Malapitan, seek to take control of city hall

Two big names in Caloocan are going head-to-head to win the top spot in city hall.

Congressmen Edgar Erice and Dale “Along” Malapitan, who represent the city’s 1st District and 2nd District, respectively, are leaving the legislative branch to take a shot at the mayoral post of Metro Manila’s second most populous city.

Malapitan, who filed his candidacy for mayor on Wednesday, October 6, seeks to switch places with his father, the term-limited Oca Malapitan, who will run for congressman of the city’s 1st District.

The younger Malapitan already held a hybrid proclamation rally on September 29. Along will run under the banner of the local party Aksyon at Malasakit, with Katrina Teh as vice mayoral candidate.

Erice, meanwhile, filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) before the local Comelec office on Thursday, October 7. He will run under Aksyon Demokratiko.

Erice has decades of experience in city hall under his belt. He was a councilor from 1995 to 2001 and vice mayor from 2010 to 2013. He ran for mayor in 2004 but lost. – Rappler.com

Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers local government units and the Commission on Elections for Rappler.