Another mayor’s wife joining 2016 elections


Another wife will run in the 2016 elections in a quest to take over her politician-husband’s seat.

Imelda Aguilar, the wife of outgoing Las Piñas City Mayor Vergel Aguilar, filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for the city’s top post on October 14.

A member of the Nacionalista Party, Mrs. Aguilar will have incumbent Vice Mayor Luis Bustamante as her running mate.

Mrs. Aguilar, sister-in-law of Sen. Cynthia Villar, had been mayor of Las Piñas from 2004 to 2007.

She vowed to continue the programs implemented by her husband such as free education, social services and environment protection.

Politicians fielding their wives is not unusual in local politics, especially in Metro Manila.

They often act as “proxies” while their husbands wait for another three years to be qualified to run again for their old positions.

In Mandaluyong City, last termer-mayor Benhur Abalos’ wife Menchie is running for mayor next year.

And so Abalos’ ally, former mayor and outgoing Mandaluyong representative and House majority floor leader Neptali Gonzales, whose wife Quennie will run for his post.

Even Vice President Jejomar Binay, during his last term as mayor of Makati, had his wife Elenita run for mayor. She also served for just one term.

Other mayor’s wife was not equally lucky.

Loretta Fresnedi failed in her bid to replace her husband, Muntinlupa mayor Jaime Fresnedi, in the 2007 elections.