Family rivalries heat up Cavite elections
CAVITE, Philippines – Cavite has always been a potential hotspot in past elections, and 2013 promises the same intense rivalry between two political clans. This rivalry also pits two parties who are allies at the national level.
Natashya Gutierrez reports.
In Cavite, the fight for the 2013 elections is heating up.
It’s a free-for-all zone where both the administration and its ally are competing.
President Benigno Aquino III himself jumpstarts the province's heated rivalry between the political families of the Remullas and the Maliksis. He and Liberal Party stalwarts attend a proclamation rally Monday, September 24, in Imus to endorse Rep Ayong Maliksi for governor and his running mate Jay Lacson. Incoming Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and new Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya accompany the President.
Cavite was solidly behind Aquino in 2010.
The next day, another huge gathering, this time in Kawit.
Sen Bong Revilla's party Lakas-CMD joins forces with local party Partido Magdalo to back incumbent Cavite Gov Jonvic Remulla and his son, Jolo Revilla, who is running for vice governor. Remulla doesn't hold back from hitting rival Maliksi, who was once his governor.
Sen Manny Villar's Nacionalista Party is also supporting the Lakas-Magdalo coalition, despite an NP-LP alliance at the senatorial race. Senatorial hopeful Cynthia Villar insists NP's backing of Lakas-Magdalo will not affect the NP-LP partnership.
CYNTHIA VILLAR, FORMER LAS PINAS REP.: President Noy and Senator Villar talked about the coalition. Ganito na yung Cavite, wala naming misrepresentation soon. They talked about it and the President said, 'We'll go our own way in Cavite.'
With a history of graft cases, broken promises, and cheating accusations between the two clans, the families of Remulla and Maliksi are longtime rivals in the province of Cavite.
Cavite's 1.6 million voters is the second largest voter base in the country outside of NCR.
With NP and LP in a knock-down fight over the gubernatorial bet, Cavite will be in hotspot in 2013: a battle between the ruling party of an intensely popular president and one of the strongest province-based parties in the country.
Natashya Gutierrez, Rappler, Cavite