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Chavit Singson drops out of Ilocos Sur race


Gov. Chavit Singson. FILE PHOTO

VIGAN CITY—In a dramatic and unexpected twist to the province’s  gubernatorial race for 2013, longtime Ilocos Sur kingpin, Gov. Chavit Singson, announced on Friday he was not seeking reelection and was fielding his son, Rep. Ryan Luis Singson, instead.

The older Singson was supposed to face his former friend and ally, Tagudin Mayor Roque Verzosa Jr., who is this province’s Liberal Party standard-bearer.

But Verzosa, who was once Singson’s aide, said he still believed the governor would run for reelection. “There is still substitution,” Verzosa said.

In another surprise decision, the governor’s son, former Rep. Ronald Singson, who was convicted in Hong Kong for drug possession in February 2011, filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the post as first district representative to be vacated by his brother Ryan.

Ronald was caught at the Hong Kong airport with cocaine and was slapped with an 18-month jail sentence by the Wan Chai District Court there.

He was released from prison on Jan. 4 this year. He was replaced by Ryan, who won in a special election for the post he vacated.

Earlier, another governor’s son, Randolf, filed his candidacy for the post to be vacated by Ryan. Randolf is a former Vigan City councilor. Addressing reporters, Gov. Singson said: “It was a last-minute but consensual decision by our party leaders.” He leads the local party Bileg.

The governor said he would focus on the family business and “develop the investment programs and industrialization of Ilocos Sur.”

Both Ryan and Randolf admitted they were surprised at the turn of events. Ryan said he was supposed to seek reelection but was accepting the party decision. “It (running for governor) may be a surprise but I accept the responsibility to lead the group,” he said.

Randolf said he was also surprised although he admitted being briefed about the changes in the Bileg lineup before he filed his COC.

He said the final lineup was announced at a Friday luncheon led by his father and former Deputy House Speaker Eric Singson, who is running to reclaim his old position as second district representative now held by his son, Eric “Owen” Singson Jr.

The luncheon meeting at the Singson’s Baluarte residence here was also attended by municipal mayors and other top local leaders.

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Tags: Chavit Singson , Elections , Ilocos Sur , Politics , Ryan Luis Singson

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

    Ha ha ha . might as well change the province’ name from Ilocos Sur to Singson province. Bweeseet…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leo-Parman/100000213572007 Leo Parman

    will the ‘people’ elect a known drug offender?  Money Talks!!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XY4AW6ZJBAPIJ33L7KX6M3IOQI c

    uy nakakahiya naman yata if tatakbo pa yong anak na nakulong sa HK? hindi sila nahihiya?

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Hahaha akala ko pa naman ititigil mo na ang paghahari diyan sa Ilocos Sur yun pala ipapalit mo lang ang anak mo drug offender! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

    Nakakatakot pala sa Ilocos Sur. Hawak pala ng isang warlord. Papano kaya mabubuwag ang mga Singson? 

  • calgary2526

    nang mabasa ko yung ‘title’ napakamot ako ng ulo bakit umayaw ang magnanakaw…natuwa din ako dahil natauhan siya, sabi ko sa sarili ko, pero ng malaman kong magnanakaw din ang ipapalit napakutkot uli ako

  • scorpio22

    If Ronald Singson runs and win the whole world would be laughing at us. Especially Hong Kong!

    This family have no shame!

  • Hey_Dudes

    Wala talaga oo.  Pakapalan na lang talaga ng muhka sa atin.

  • PaengSaAmerika

    The people of Ilocos Sur have all the power to kick out the Singsons. But the problem is majority of them still patronize them. Malalim na ang ugat kaya mahirap bunutin.

  • gusm

    Too much money, power and influence to be had in government…..they can’t give that up. They have to have a monopoly of these perks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2UMHGIG2H4KOHCAOA5H7VMKLQY CAJUN

    Knowing Chavit, always he has something in his sleeves. Time to cut him out of politics. Savellano is right – Ilocos Suranians – you got a good choice at least! 

  • Datukalun

    Who has the guts to file cases against Singson for all his illegal activities and his Tax Frauds etc.Anyone come on Coup the eta guys Hello Enrile…simply doesnt care dont have the guts or simply afraid????


    Where are them law abiding citizens of the Philippines ? If these felons will be running the Phils. expect all filipinos to disrespect the law of the lands…

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