Alvarez holds off holding special elections in Las Piñas so Manny Villar can’t come back
Residents of Las Piñas City have yet to have their own elected district representative even though it’s been eight months since the winner in the 2016 elections, Mark Villar, left his post to be at the helm of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
The reason? House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez doesn’t want to give the green light for a special elections to be held in the city.
According to the grapevine, Alvarez would rather that Diwa party-list Rep. Emmeline Aglipay Villar– Sec. Mark’s wife– remain as the “caretaker” congresswoman of the lone district of Las Piñas rather than hold a special election and pave the way for the possible return of bilyonaryo Manny Villar to Congress.
But why is Alvarez so afraid of Manny Villar?
The Speaker sees the bilyonaryo businessman and astute politiko as a serious threat to his post, much like former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Given Villar’s extensive experience in politics and vast array of resources, he will likely leave Alvarez biting the dust if a leadership coup suddenly happens in the House and lawmakers demand the election of a new Speaker.
It doesn’t help that Alvarez is reportedly seen by his colleagues as a brash politiko who uses force and bold threats to get his way– in short, he’s not exactly well liked.
While Villar has said he has retired from politics following his loss in the 2010 presidential elections, the family will surely not let their turf be taken over by someone else.
In fact, Villar has said he will try to convince his only daughter, Camille, to run for Congress as district representative in 2019.
Should a special elections be called in Las Piñas, it’s possible Villar will come out of retirement to maintain the family’s stronghold over the city– and give Alvarez a run for his seat.