Balanga City, Bataan—Vice Governor Cris Garcia of the National Unity Party is unopposed in seeking reelection here, as is her cousin, reelectionist Balanga City Mayor Francis Garcia.
Both belong to the politically dominant Garcia clan in the province, and have it easy compared to their relatives, Gov. Abet Garcia and Dinalupihan Mayor Gila Garcia.
The latter are being challenged by unknown bets in their respective reelection bids.
The vice governor immediately thanked her supporters upon knowing she is a virtual winner.
Before becoming the province’s second-highest official, Cris Garcia was the original coordinator of the “monumental” Iskolar ng Bataan program, which she now serves as adviser.
She was proclaimed vice governor by the Commission on Elections on June 2, 2017 as the NUP’s substitute official candidate for her late uncle Enrique “Tet” Garcia Jr., who filed his candidacy for the post and was unopposed the in May 2016 elections.
Tet Garcia, a former governor and congressman, died of a lingering illness on June 13, 2016.