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Sabong ito! Alvarez’s wife to challenge reelection bid- report

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The wife of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is set to run against him in 2019, Philippine Star columnist Federico Pascual has revealed.

In his December 19 column, Pascual said Emelita Alvarez has been going around the first district of Davao del Norte to raise her profile in preparation for her electoral bid.

Emelita is seen to give her husband a run for his money since she has reportedly gotten as a backer his best friend-turned-nemesis, Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.

Floirendo’s family owns several businesses, including banana plantations and the posh Pearl Farm Beach Resort. He was also President Rodrigo Duterte’s biggest camapign donor in the 2016 polls.

Emelita has been estranged from her husband for quite some time now. She said the Speaker abandoned her after winning as a congressman last year.

Alvarez has admitted to having a girlfriend, Jennifer Maliwanag Vicencio.