Familiar names to compete for 6 congressional seats in Manila


Several familiar names and faces will run for Manila’s six congressional districts next year.

In the 1st District, three candidates have filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) as the incumbent Rep. Benjamin Asilo’s term ends next year.

Asilo will run for vice mayor and his brother Roberto Asilo will replace him as Liberal Party’s (LP) district candidate facing National Unity Party’s (NUP) Manny Lopez and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino’s (PMP) Erick Ian “Banzai” Nieva.

For the 2nd District, Manila Councilor Numero “Uno” Lim of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has challenged incumbent and second-termer Rep. Carlo Lopez of NUP.

Meanwhile, NUP’s Harry Angpin will run next year seeking to replace his wife, third-termer and NUP Rep. Zenaida Angpin of 3rd District, Manila.

Harry will face LP’s Ramon Morales and actor-turned-politician John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto of UNA.

For the 4th District, Liberal Party’s Annie Bonoan will run for congressman facing NUP’s Don Juan “DJ” Bagatsing and PMP’s Edward Maceda.

Annie is sister of incumbent Rep. Trishia Bonoan-David. However, due to Trishia’s alliance with Lim, Annie became the Liberal Party’s nominee.

On the other hand, five aspirants have filed their COC eyeing to replace third-termer Rep. Amado Bagatsing of 5th, District of Manila, who is running for Manila mayor.

The NUP’s nominee is Amado’s daughter Amanda Christina “Cristal” Bagatsing. She will face UNA’s Joey Hizon, LP’s Josefina Siscar, Nationalist People’s Coalition’s Mary Ann Susano and Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka’s Mario Cayabyab.

In the 6th District, Liberal Party Rep. Rosenda “Sandy” is seeking reelection facing his challenger UNA’s Benny Abante.