There are 29 unopposed officials seeking electoral posts in the upcoming midterm elections in the Cordillera, with Apayao having the most number with 10.
Records released by the regional office of the Commission on Elections show that 14 candidates for vice mayor, 13 for mayor, and two incumbent vice governors in the region are “luckiest bets” for the 2013 polls.
In Apayao, Vice Gov. Hector Pascua, one of the most visible officials in regional affairs, led the long line of candidates with no opponents.
Long-time politician Elias Bulut Sr., who is known as the “godfather” of Apayao politics, is seeking reelection as mayor of Calanasan unopposed together with Vice mayor Martin Lawat.
But his son, Elias Jr. will face Amado Almazan for the governatorial post while his daughter, incumbent Rep. Eleanor Begtang is up against Ambaro Sagle.
The other unopposed officials in Apayao are mayors Leonardo Dangoy of Conner, Efren De San Jose of Flora, Betty Verzola of Luna, Joseph Amid, and Rolly Guiang of Sta. Marcela. It will be a battle bet-ween Batara Laoat and Ronald Almazan for the mayorship of Pudtol.
The unopposed vice mayor bets in Apayao are Martin Lawat of Calanasan, Randy Begtang of Conner, and Evelyn Martinez of Sta. Marcela.
In Ifugao, four bets for vice mayor will have no opponents. They are Gaspar Chilagan Jr. in Aguinaldo, Roel Dulnuan in Kiangan, Martin Habawel of Lagawe, and Victomar Bunnol of Lamut.
Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat Jr. will be up against former congressman Solomon Chungalao while Gov. Eugene Balitang and Vice Gov. Pedro Mayam-o will have no opponents.
In Abra, seven bets for mayors and five vice mayors are also unopposed. The candidates for mayors are Victorino Baroña of Bucay, Salma Padilla of Daguioman, Marco Bautista of San Juan, Geroldo Aznar of San Quintin, Ernesto Pacsa Jr. of San Isidro, Guilbert Ballngan of Tubo, and Marjorie Lagen of Villaviciosa.
The unopposed bets for vice mayor are Ludevina Co of Bucay, Querico Stimson of Boliney, Dominador Acnam of Danglas, Venerando Pacsa of San Isidro, and Jose Lagen Jr. of Villaviciosa.
The posts for congressman, governor, and vice governor in Abra are contested.
In Kalinga, the unopposed candidates are Mayor James Edduba of Pasil, Vice mayor Darwin Estranero of Tabuk City, and Mayor Irving Dasayon of Pinukpok who is running for vice mayor of the same town.
In Mountain Province, only Vice Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr., Besao Vice mayor Harry Luis Baliaga, and Bauko Vice mayor Simon Lacwasan are unopposed while Rep. Maximo Dalog Sr. and Gov. Leonard Mayaen are being contested.
In Benguet, it was reported earlier that five mayors and two vice mayors are also running unopposed.
They are mayors Mauricio Macay of Bokod, Faustino Aquisan of Kabayan, Benito Siadto of Kibungan, Arthur Baldo of Sablan, and Ruben Paoad of Tublay. The unopposed vice mayors are Romeo Salda of La Trinidad and Ireneo Calwag of Buguias.
There are no unopposed candidates in Baguio City.