Official Statement of Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos (11/11/12), some parts translated from Ilokano:
On this blessed Sunday, I fervently pray for the Fariñas family. Sana huwag tayong maging mapusok, kundi magpakahinahon sa gagawing desisyon. Huwag tayong lulundag sa pinakamadaling kompromiso na pagsisisihan natin sa huli. Naniniwala ako na may sapat pang panahon hanggang Disyember 21 na pwede nating gamitin upang makapag-isip ng tamang desisyon. Sana ang unahin ay ang ikabubuti ng mga taga-Laoag at ang kapakanan ng nakararami. Lubos akong naniniwala na dapat ang mga taga-Laoag mismo ang magdesisyon para sa kanilang kapakanan. Ang mahusay at mabuting pagsisilbi ay hindi lamang base sa apelyido o pamilyang pinanggalingan. Ang dapat unahin ay ang kakayanan at dunong upang maipaabot ang sapat na serbisyo sa publiko. Ipinagdarasal ko ang isang maunlad na kinabukasan para sa Laoag City at sa buong probinsiya.
By end of day of December 21, the last day for filing of substitution of candidates in next year’s midterm elections, we will know who really goes against who in the rowdiest circus that is the Philippine elections.
Pursuant to Comelec Resolution 9518, “if after the last day for the filing of COC’s, on October 5, 2012, an official candidate of a duly registered political party or coalition of political parties dies, withdraws or is disqualified for any cause, he/she may be substituted by a candidate belonging to, and nominated by, the same political party.”
In the meantime, our people are holding their breath, especially in Laoag City where a four-cornered fight for the mayoralty post has emerged. The unprecedented Fariñas versus Fariñas versus Farinas intramurals for the city’s top post has been written in the history of local politics. This is the first time that members of this family, the political warlords in Laoag City, are going against each other in an election.
Chevylle Fariñas, the incumbent mayor’s wife, will go against his uncle-in-law Roger who had also served for three terms as Sunshine City’s chief executive. And then there is Carlos, son of incumbent 1st District Congressman Rudy Fariñas.
Former Ilocos Norte Governor Michael Keon also joined the race, plus Cesar Ventura, a former mayor, the only politico who has beaten a Fariñas in an election here.
The next few weeks, dear karikna, could be boggling for political pundits, thrilling for those who auction off their loyalties (and votes) … and sad for those who suck for family values.