LAOAG CITY, April 2 (PIA) — Former Ilocos Norte Governor Michael Keon quietly withdrew from the Laoag mayoral race today to keep the peace in the Marcos family.
Keon, a cousin of Governor Imee Marcos and Senator Bongbong Marcos, arrived at the Commission on Elections office at 10:15 am today accompanied by a supporter and lawyer Jaime Agtang, said Flordelina Gagarin, Comelec election assistant.
Gagarin said Keon was overheard saying his withdrawal from the race “will end the dispute among the Marcoses.”
Keon told reporters later that his withdrawal from the race “was in the interest of the Marcos family.”
“I know my supporters are disappointed but I do not wish to be source of dissention in the family,” he said.
Keon and company left the office immediately after completing the process.
The mayoralty race is now a toss between former Laoag Mayor Roger Fariñas and Chevylle Fariñas, wife of incumbent Mayor Michael Farinas who is Roger’s nephew.
A third candidate, former Laoag mayor Cesar Ventura, who sat for a term, is not seen as a serious contender for the post.
Governor Imee Marcos had thrown her support behind Chevylle. The governor is set to proclaim candidates running under her ticket tonight at the Capitol stage.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. arrived today to help his sister court votes for the Marcos ticket.
Keon sat for a term as governor from 2007 to 2010. He ran for a second term against his cousin Imee in the 2010 gubernatorial post and lost.
The former sportsman and Gintong Alay director had since withdrawn from politics and spent most of his time running when he’s in his Baguio home or in Laoag until public clamor urged him to file his mayoralty bid.
He chose not to face his cousin Imee who is running unopposed in her reelection bid. (MCA-PIA1 Ilocos Norte)