MANILA, Philippines - Ilocos Sur's 1st district is gearing up for the special election next month that will determine who will take the place of disgraced ex-Rep. Ronald Singson, who resigned due to a drug-related conviction in Hong Kong.
Vigan Vice Mayor Ryan Singson is the sole confirmed candidate as of Friday, having been tapped as the candidate of the local Bileg Party of Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson.
Ryan Singson, a son of the governor, was selected by his party mates to run for the position his brother vacated.
Among the Bileg Party's members are the Singsons, Vice Governor DV Savellano, and former representatives Atty. Salacnib Baterina and Atty. Mariano Tajon.
The younger Singson said he did not expect to be named as their party's standard-bearer for the polls, especially since he is a political newbie. He thanked his partymates, especially his father, for their trust in him.
He added that he will personally visit Ronald Singson in Hong Kong soon to inform his brother that he was selected to run for his seat in the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the opposition party has yet to field their candidate for the polls.
One of the opposition's main potential candidates is former provincial board member Efren Rafanan.
Rafanan is one of the political rivals of the Singsons.
Election paraphernalia arrived at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Vigan on Thursday. Local election officials also met to map out plans for the May 28 polls, including the preparation of the list of voters.
Comelec supervisor Marino Salas said they are trying to foresee potential problems this early so that they could plan for it. With reports from Brian Realgo, ABS-CBN News Laoag