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#Halalan2022: Ralph Recto, Rex Gatchalian to run for Congress unopposed
MANILA—Two congressional aspirants are running unopposed in their respective districts in the 2022 local posts.
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, of the Nacionalista Party, is the lone candidate in the 6th district of Batangas, where "he vowed to continue fighting for the welfare of Filipinos through meaningful legislation," a statement read.
Recto will replace his wife, Vilma Santos-Recto, who said she will not run for a public position this year.
Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian will also run unopposed to determine the representative of Valenzuela's first district. He will run under the Nationalist People's Coalition.
"Valenzuelanos, maraming maraming salamat sa tiwala at suporta, working for the general public of Valenzuela will always be the greatest honor and privilege of my life," he said.
Meanwhile, Emmarie Ouano-Dizon will also run unopposed as representative of the lone district of Mandaue City.
Ouano-Dizon, congresswoman for the 6th District of Cebu, said she did not expect having no political rival for this coming polls.
"We are in a democracy. Anyone can run so I did not really think about that. To be unopposed now is a happy bonus," she said.
During the 2016 elections, a total of 546 local candidates ran unopposed, according to Comelec data. — With a report from Vilma Andales