Chavit Singson, daughter-in-law withdraw bid for Ilocos Sur top posts

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — Narvacan town Mayor Luis "Chavit" Singson and his daughter-in-law Patch Savellano-Singson withdrew their candidacy for Ilocos Sur vice governor and governor, respectively, leaving other family members in the 2022 race.

Chavit and son Ryan filed their candidacies last week for the vice gubernatorial race, while Patch and Chavit's brother Jerry filed their certificate of candidacy for governor.

The patriarch said the decision to withdraw their candidacy was done for the sake of the family.

"Nag-withdraw kami ni Patch [Patch and I withdrew]... For the sake of the family. Kalimutan lahat [Let's forget everything] for the sake of the family," he said in a Facebook Live as he filed the paperwork at the Comelec provincial office. Patch and her husband, Ryan, were also seen in the poll body office.

The political kingpin said misunderstanding led to family members vying for the same position in the province.

Meanwhile, Ryan's father-in-law, Ilocos Sur 1st District Rep. Deogracias Victor "DV" Savellano — who is seeking reelection — will go up against Chavit's other son and former Cong. Ronald Singson.

The Singsons and Savellanos have been ruling the province for decades.