2022 Philippine Elections

Abalos, Gonzales families maintain grip on Mandaluyong

Michelle Abad
Abalos, Gonzales families maintain grip on Mandaluyong

ABALOS. Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos with his husband MMDA Chair Benhur Abalos (left) and father-in-law Benjamin Abalos, files her COC for the May local elections at the Comelec Mandaluyong office on October 6, 2021.

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Benjamin Abalos Sr. wins the mayorship while Neptali Gonzales II is reelected as Mandaluyong representative

MANILA, Philippines – The Abalos and Gonzales dynasties of Mandaluyong maintained their decades-long hold on the city in the 2022 elections, according to partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) transparency server as of Tuesday, May 10, at 6:17 am. The results represent 99.38% of election returns.

Benjamin Abalos Sr., 86-year-old father of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chief Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr., won as mayor of the city with 136,849 votes.  

Abalos Sr. ran under the PDP-Laban banner, with his daughter-in-law Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos as his running mate. Menchie is the incumbent Mandaluyong mayor and Benhur’s wife.

Abalos Sr. beat by a landslide his independent opponent Florencio Solomon, who garnered 24,457 votes. Menchie won unopposed with 148,690 votes.

Meanwhile, Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales II was reelected as congressional representative of Mandaluyong’s lone district with 131,792 votes. His rival, Aksyon Demokratiko bet Boyett Bacar, got 36,658 votes.

Gonzales has been maxing out his terms as congressman as early as 1995. The only years he had not been congressman since then was 2004 to 2007, when he swapped seats with Abalos Jr. for the mayorship, and in 2016 to 2019 when his wife Alexandria Gonzales kept his seat in Congress warm for him.

The Abalos couple and their father had been occupying the mayorship since 1995 as well, save for the time Gonzales filled in in 2004.

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Menchie finishes her second consecutive term in June. She originally planned to max out the three-term limit, but Abalos Sr. decided to run again after his wife Corazon died in January 2021. 

He said he sought to fulfill a “promise” to her in taking another shot at politics.

Meanwhile, former senator and dictator's son Ferdinand Marcos Jr. won the presidential race in the city with 100,997 votes from the 232,492 registered voters in the city.

Marcos' campaign manager is Benhur Abalos. – Rappler.com

Michelle Abad

Michelle Abad is a researcher-writer at Rappler. Possessing the heart and soul of a feminist, she is working on specializing in women's issues in Newsbreak, Rappler's investigative arm.