One vote to win

A WALK in the park it is for some 19 candidates seeking a congressional seat for the May 13, 2013 midterm elections as they only need one vote to retain their post since no one was brave enough to oppose their candidacies.

Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao leads the pack of those shoo-in congressional candidates, not to mention other candidates seeking local elective positions as mayor, vice mayor and members of the city or municipals councils.

These candidates could save a lot of their campaign money to pay not only for political consultants and operatives, media handlers and campaign volunteers but also for their campaign materials and sorties.

In Malabon City, for instance, re-electionist Rep. Josephine “Jaye” Lacson-Noel and incumbent City Mayor Antolin “Len-Len” Oreta also need just one vote to keep their respective posts as both are running unopposed.

The only contest is for the position of City Vice Mayor which is currently assumed by re-electionist Vice Mayor Diosdado “Dado” Cunanan, who if my memory serves me right, topped the race for councilor in the elections of 2004 and 2010.

Vice Mayor Cunanan may however need to exert more efforts and resources to keep his post as other contenders are out to steal it from him, most of whom are either relatives of Congresswoman Lacson-Noel or Mayor Oreta.

Other contenders are Jeannie Sandoval, wife of ex-Malabon-Navotas Rep. Ricky Sandoval, Councilors Edwin Gregorio “Edwin” Lacson-Dimagiba, Paolo Oreta, a son of the late mayor Canuto Oreta and Antolin’s cousin, and Eddie Nolasco.

Sources inside the City Hall said that all things being equal, Dimagiba seems to have an edge as he is the cousin of Congressman Lacson-Noel who has a standing political alliance with Mayor Oreta.

But it is early to tell as campaign for local elective posts starts on March 29, 2013, and many things may happen from today until election day.

Meanwhile, it will be good for Rep. Lacson-Noel and Mayor Oreta to focus their attention in addressing myriad problems in Malabon if they want to get a comforting electoral mandate from the people.

But as it is, some might just opt to deny them a comforting mandate unless they see some significant changes in Malabon which is saddled by poverty, lack of investment, horrible traffic, uncollected garbage, worsening flood, and peace and order.

Otherwise, Rep. Lacson-Noel and Mayor Oreta would just be governing for the next three years in office with only one-vote mandate from the Malabon electorate. Not another three years!

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