SAN JOSE CITY — Two Violago siblings and a brother of a former aide of ex-Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada are slugging it out in a three-way fight for the lone congressional seat of the province’s second district in the next year’s polls.
Joseph Gilbert Violago, who served for three terms as first district representative from 2007-2016, filed his certificate of candidacy under the National Unity Party at the Comelec office in Cabanatuan City last October 8.
The comebacking former congressman is seeking to replace his wife, incumbent second district Rep. Micaela “Mikki” Salvador-Violago, who is now on her second term of office.
Another Violago is joining the three-way congressional contest.
Joseph Gilbert’s elder sibling, Joselito “Lito” Violago, is also running as an independent bet. The elder Violago lost twice to sister-in-law Micaela in the 2016 and 2019 congressional polls.
The two Violagos are pitted against Edgardo Garcia, who filed his CoC under the banner of the Aksyon Demokratiko party of presidential bet Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.
Garcia is a younger brother of former second district Congressman, attorney Simeon E. Garcia Jr., a former city administrator of former President and erstwhile Manila Mayor Estrada.
The province’s second district covers the Science City of Munoz, San Jose City and the six towns of Carranglan, Llanera, Lupao, Pantabangan, Rizal and Talugtug.
A 2019 Comelec data showed that it has a total registered voters of 310,119.