IT will be a relatively easy ride for 22 congressional and local government candidates as they run unopposed in the May 2013 election.
Records of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) show two congresswomen, two board members, five mayors, four vice mayors and eight councilors in one town are the lone candidates in their respective positions.
Re-electionist Rep. Ma. Rachel Arenas of the Liberal Party, who is now on her second term, faces no competition as she runs for a third and final term in the 3rd District, the biggest in terms of registered voters in the province.
Her fellow re-electionist Rep. Marlyn Primicias of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) is also unopposed after her lone opponent in the Sixth District withdrew his candidacy Saturday.
Fifth District Board Members Danilo Uy and Clemente Arboleda Jr, both re-electionists from NPC/Biskeg na Pangasinan, are unopposed after their lone opponent also withdrew from the race.
Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr., chair of the provincial board and himself running for re-election under NPC, said this boosts their party’s aim for a winning sweep across the province.
In Sto. Tomas, the NPC’s entire slate is running unchallenged, a first in the municipality’s history.
The team is composed of Vice Mayor Timoteo “Dick” Villar III for mayor, Wilfredo Pescador for vice mayor, and for councilors Tomas Castañaga Jr, Alfredo Eleccion, Dominador Lardizabal, Jerry Marquez, Benjamin Oculto Jr, Ely Ramos, Estefania Vengco and Leonora Zarasate.
Also running without opponent for mayor are re-electionist Silverio Alarcio Jr. of Laoac, Eldred Tumbocon of Umingan, and Amadeo Gregory Perez IV of Urdaneta City, all from NPC, and Robert de Vera of San Jacinto of United Nationalist Alliance.
Uncontested for vice mayor are re-electionist Alain Rabang of Umingan, Dionisio Caburao of Sual and Paz Rafanan of Villasis, all from NPC.
Pangasinan has six congressional districts, four cities and 44 towns. In the 2010 elections, the province had 1,623,761 registered voters, one of the biggest nationwide.–Eva Visperas with report from Johanne R. Macob