In the small town of Tayum in Abra, blood is thicker than politics, or just about anything.
The town’s outgoing mayor, Placido “Glen” Eduarte, Jr. is fielding his 23-year-old son Joash for the mayoralty race against long-time rival Joey Brillantes.
There is a twist, however: Eduarte “convinced” his Liberal Party (LP) ally, incumbent vice mayor Bienvenido Dion, Jr. not to run anymore. The reason: he will take his vice mayor’s seat.
Talk about political dynasty-in-the-making.
Many had expected that Eduarte will anoint Dion, an experienced politician, to be his replacement, and that the last-termer mayor is retiring from politics.
But he suddenly picked his son, a “no name” in Abra politics, to run for mayor of this town of 13,000 people, and with him as his vice mayor-running mate.
With no political experience whatsoever, the Eduarte family’s rivals see the young Joash as a mere ceremonial mayor should he win in the 2016 elections; the old Eduarte will still be pulling the strings.
The young Eduarte will be pitted against Brillantes of the National Unity Party, who lost to his father in the 2013 elections.