FORMER Comelec chair Benjamin Abalos, Sr., father of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Benhur Abalos will run for Mandaluyong City Mayor.
Abalos running mate will be the incumbent Mayor Menchie Abalos, wife of Benhur. Earlier, she announced her plans to seek reelection.
“Nagulat ako dito sa mag-asawa, kay Benhur at saka si Mayor Menchie. Coming from them, sabi nila, ‘Dad, alam mo, nag-usap kami. Baka pwedeng ikaw na ang mag-mayor. Continue your pledge.’ I was so touched. Although I wanted to, nahihiya naman ako. We never had any problem with each other. Sabi ko, ‘Salamat, Menchie. Salamat. I assure you, I will do my very best.’ I have no more family. Mandaluyong would be my family,” Abalos Sr. told reporters.
He said this year was rough for them, as his wife, Corazon succumbed to COVID-19 last January. “I am returning to politics to fulfill my last promise to my late wife Cora,” he said in a statement.