MANILA - Some of the warring political families of Cavite have temporarily agreed to coalesce and create a semblance of peace for the 2016 elections.
In Imus, Ayong Maliksi has decided to no longer run for governor against his fierce rival and reelectionist governor Jonvic Remulla.
Filing with Remulla is his incumbent vice mayor Jolo Revilla, the young actor who a few months ago was hospitalized after having shot himself. There were rumors that it was a suicide attempt, but the Revillas camp has said it was an accident.
Maliksi's son, incumbent Imus Mayor Emmanuel, is the only member of the Maliksi family who will be seeking a government post.
Emmanuel Maliksi will also be running without his former nemesis. Homer Saquilayan, who used to run against Maliksi and has figured in back and forth election-related cases with the incumbent, has now agreed to run as board member with Maliksi.
The Maliksi camp said this was part of the agreed upon coalition with the local Liberal Party and the local United Nationalist Alliance.
Saquilayan's brother Edgar has also agreed to run as councilor in the same coalition. He hesitated to be interviewed, and instead asked what his former rivals said to the news team before saying he was only following his brother's guidance.
Congressman Alex Advincula of LP has also filed for reelection as 3rd district representative.
There are a few more "substitutions" within the political families.
Congresswoman Lani Mercado will run as Mayor of Bacoor, while incumbent Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla will run for congressman in her place.
Congressman Pidi Barzaga will run as mayor of Dasmariñas, while it is believed that his wife and incumbent Dasmariñas Mayor Jen Barzaga will run for Congress.
Congressman Bambol Tolentino and his wife are expected to run for reelection as congressman and Tagaytay mayor respectively.