Which provinces have the most gubernatorial, congressional candidates?

MANILA, Philippines –  Over 18,000 posts are up for grabs in the 2019 midterm elections on Monday, May 13 – including new seats after President Rodrigo Duterte signed laws creating 5 new congressional districts.

Competition is fierce with around 43,000 candidates vying for the limited number of seats.

But while some candidates have all but “assured victories” with no one to run against, others face not just one, but several opponents vying for a single position. (READ: Unopposed: Over 500 candidates)

From House representative to governor, Rappler breaks down the total number of candidates in local races to find out which provinces fielded the most number of congressional and gubernatorial bets.


In gubernatorial races, the provinces which fielded the most number of candidates are the following:


The districts which fielded the most number of congressional candidates for the May polls are the following: 

HOT RACES. Campaign posters fill the steel fence under Legarda flyover in Manila on April 10, 2019.

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

More resources, more competitive: For University of the Philippines political science department chair Ela Atienza, there may be more candidates in areas where local politics is more competitive.

Factors that can drive more competition, she said, include higher economic growth in a province, more educated voters, and more active civil society organizations, among others. These provinces may also have more political clans compared to others, Atienza added. 

“In other areas with many candidates of every seat, it can be because there is very competitive or many people are interested to run,” Atienza said.

“Usually these areas have more educated and middle class electorate. The economy is also higher, there are more civil society organizations and business groups, and local and national media are present or visible,” she added.

Among the provinces with the most number of gubernatorial candidates, majority were 1st class provinces. 

Meanwhile, provinces within the Bangsamoro region, such as Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and barangays in North Cotabato may also have fielded more candidates for gubernatorial posts due to the ratification of the Bangsamoro Law. 

The law created the Bangsamoro region with more power, resources, and bigger territory than its predecessor, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. – Rappler.com 

Sofia Tomacruz

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