On the last day of the filing of certificates of candidacy, Eva Marie Singson-Medina filed her candidacy as mayor of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. Running under the hometown Bileg Party, she came with a full slate and all of them wore white.
She will be pitted against her uncle, Jose “Bonito” Singson, who filed his candidacy on October 1 together with elder brother Luis “Chavit” Singson.
Bonito is the incumbent Ang Probinsiyano representative, but he decided to join Chavit in what is now seen as a “White vs Red War of Ilocos Sur.”
Bonito’s vice mayor is Randy Singson, the son of Chavit.
Medina is seeking to replace her son Juan Carlo Medina, although she had been mayor of Vigan since the early 1990s. Her vice mayor is Kisses Agdamag Lim.
Medina’s father, Evaristo “Titong” Singson, was the late brother of Chavit and Bonito and the mayor of Vigan in 1972, back when Vigan was seen as the Wild West of Ilocos, until his death in 1986.
The Vigan battle is seen as an extension of the father and son battle for the province. Chavit will run as vice governor against his youngest son Ryan Singson, who is about to end his third term as governor.
Chavit’s other brother, Jeremias Singson, will run as governor against Ryan’s wife Patch Savellano-Singson.
Chavit’s son and Ryan’s brother, Ronald Singson, will try to wrestle back into his position as representative of the 1st District of Ilocos Sur against Ryan’s father-in-law, incumbent Representative Deogracias Savellano.
Meanwhile, in the 2nd District, Representative Kristine Singson-Meehan will run unopposed.
Her father Eric Singson, the political patriarch of the 2nd District, will run as mayor of Candon City against two others.
Eric last held the position as city mayor in 1972, back when he was still in his 20s.
Eric Singson and his family decided to back Chavit in the so-called “Red vs White War.” – Rappler.com