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19 congressmen running unopposed

Only 19 lawmakers, including two neophytes, are considered sure winners as they were running unopposed in the 2013 polls. The number went down from the previous 70 unopposed after the ruling Liberal Party revived the inactive Aksyon Demokratiko at the last minute and put up and backed candidates against administration allies, LP coalition leaders said. The LP has got the most number of the uncontested seats. Of the 17 reelectionist-lawmakers, at least eight were from LP, four from Nationalist People’s Coalition and two each from Nationalista Party, National Unity Party. The opposition had its share of unopposed. Lakas candidates House Deputy Minority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez of Leyte and Davao Oriental Rep. Thelma Almario did not have any opponent. The United Nationalist Alliance has got one unopposed candidate in Sarangani Rep. and world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. At least five women turned out unchallenged. Apart from Almario, the four others were Reps. Josephine Lacson-Noel of Malabon from NPC, Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David of Manila from NUP, Maria Rachel Arenas of Pangasinan and Maria Carmen Zamora of Compostela Valley from the LP. The two neophytes were lawyer Christopher Belmonte, nephew of House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Belmonte is running under the LP banner in the newly-created sixth district in Quezon City. Another neophyte is Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr., son of Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas. The younger Gullas is running under the NP banner. The allies of President Benigno Aquino III in the LP coalition complained that the Liberals revived the Aksyon Demokratiko to field LP-backed candidates against them in areas where the administration party did not have incumbent congressmen. To this day, the NPC, NUP and NP leaders have not heard any word from the LP to discuss the accumulating such complaints as shabby treatment and underhandedness by the Liberals.
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