, APRIL 10, 2007 (STAR) By Jess Diaz - Relatives of incumbent congressmen and governors are seeking the latter’s posts in an obvious bid to keep their families’ presence in the political landscape.

In many cases, father and son or mother and son tandems are exchanging jobs.

In Marinduque, for instance, Rep. Edmundo Reyes Jr. is running for governor. His mother Carmencita, the incumbent governor, is seeking his House post. The same is true in Quirino province, where Gov. Orlando Fua Sr. is aspiring for the job of his son, Rep. Orlando Fua Jr., who is in turn seeking his father’s job.

In Camiguin, Rep. Jesus Jurdin Romualdo has filed his candidacy for the gubernatorial post that is occupied by his father, former lawmaker Pedro Romualdo, who is running for congressman.

Rep. Suharto Mangudadatu of Sultan Kudarat wants to replace his father, Gov. Pax Mangudadato, who in turn wants to replace his son.

In Masbate, Elisa Olga Kho is seeking the job of her husband, incumbent Gov. Antonio Kho, who is running for congressman. The governor’s opponent is former ABS-CBN executive Maloli Espinosa, from an influential clan of local politicians.

In Surigao del Sur, Rep. Peter Paul Jed Falcon is running for governor. His father, former congressman Jesnar Falcon, wants to return to the House.

It will be a family affair in Lanao del Norte, the bailiwick of the Dimaporos. Abdullah Dimaporo is seeking reelection as representative of the second district, while his wife, incumbent Gov. Imelda Dimaporo, is aspiring for the seat to be vacated by Rep. Alipio Badelles of the first district. The Dimaporos’ son, Mohammad Khalid, is seeking his mother’s job.

In Lanao del Sur, Pasayod Macarambon wants to replace his father, Rep. Benasing Macarambon. Mark Cagas is seeking the job of his father, Rep. Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur, while Rommel Amatong wants to take over from his father, Rep. Prospero Amatong of Compostela Valley.

In Sorsogon, Sally Lee is aspiring for the post of her husband, Gov. Raul Lee. Rep. Francis Escudero of the first district is running for senator under the Genuine Opposition. His father, former agriculture secretary Salvador Escudero III, is running for congressman.

Former presidential chief of staff Joey Salceda is running for governor of Albay. His father, Jesus Salceda Jr., is seeking his previous job as representative of the third district.

Elda Libanan wants to replace her husband, Eastern Samar Rep. Marcelino Libanan, secretary general of the ruling Lakas party, who announced about a month ago that he has accepted President Arroyo’s offer to be the new solicitor general.

Days later, the job was given to former Government Corporate Legal Counsel Agnes Devanadera. Rep. Libanan is now rumored to be interested in the job of immigration commissioner, formerly occupied by Dagupan City mayoral candidate Alipio Fernandez.

In Leyte, Marie Therese Veloso would like the job of her husband, Rep. Eduardo Veloso. So do the wives of Representatives Jacinto Paras of Negros Oriental, Antonino Roman of Bataan, Gilberto Teodoro Jr. of Tarlac, Aurelio Umali of Nueva Ecija, and Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan.

In Surigao del Norte, Rep. Robert Ace Barbers is running for governor, while brother Lyndon, who is incumbent governor, is running for congressman. In Surigao del Sur, Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr. is seeking a Senate seat, and h brother Philip wants to take over his job.

In Laguna, former congressman Nereo Joaquin wants to replace his wife, Rep. Uliran Joaquin.

Ronald Singson, son of Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis Singson, is running for governor. His father is an administration senatorial candidate. Another senatorial candidate’s son, Jesus Vicente Magsaysay, is seeking the job of his father, Zambales Gov. Vicente Magsaysay Jr.

In Quezon, Vice Gov. David Suarez is running for governor. His father, Danilo Suarez, is the incumbent representative of the third district.

Rep. Suarez is being linked to the death in Quezon City two weeks ago of a congressional candidate in another district. He said he had nothing to do with it.

There have been several proposals in Congress to enforce the constitutional ban on political dynasties, but none of these has gone past the committee level.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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