Before I even congratulate all the winners in the recently concluded political exercise that was the mid-term election, let me enumerate first the realities that happened which we can no longer deny: we do not have any solid Catholic vote; we do not follow our Church leaders; we don’t believe in their pastoral letters; and we don’t take the words of the holy, hook, line and sinker.
No rich and famous vote either. Who wins or loses in the election is the least of their worries. We cannot count on the intellectual, literati or culturati vote. They are very few and are only noisy on social media. We also don’t have the power of the pink vote. Some claim that 10 percent of a given population is supposedly gay, the majority were asleep during the election exercise and those who wanted to vote, opted not to because of the scorching heat.
Another demographic, the 26 million strong youth vote did not muster enough number to rock the boat and shake the status quo. They were too busy playing their online games and yes, sad to say, it seems that they’d rather watch and be turned on with the daily flirtation and shenanigans that transpire between Vice Ganda and his alleged lover, Ion Perez in It’s Showtime.
With the counting of winners nearing its end, celebrities, even those with showbiz affiliations, associations, and the ordinary voters that flocked to the polling centers, many are feeling triumphant, even overjoyed with victories of Isko Moreno as Mayor of Manila and Vico Sotto, as Mayor of Pasig. A new hope has finally started.
Alfred Vargas, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Yul Servo and Vilma Santos-Recto all secured once more their seats in Congress because of their track record.
Other major winners are: Daniel Fernando won as governor of Bulacan; Dan Fernandez as congressman of Laguna; Precious Hipolito-Castelo as congresswoman of 2nd Dist., QC.; and Lani Mercado as the Mayor of Bacoor, Cavite.
Victorious as well: Imelda Papin, vice governor; Ina Alegre, mayor of Pola, Oriental Mindoro; Lino Cayetano, mayor of Taguig City; and Richard Gomez is still stationed as mayor of Ormoc.
Also claiming their rightful places are councilors Hero Bautista (QC), Jhong Hilario (Makati), Charee Pineda (Valenzuela), Boy Christopher (Sto. Tomas, Batangas), Vandolph Quizon, Jomari Yllana, and Ryan Yllana of Parañaque, JC Parker of Angeles City, and King Gutierrez in Bacoor.
Part of the winners’ circle are Rizal Provincial Board Member Jestoni Alarcon and Angelica Jones in Laguna. Jolo Revilla is uncontested as vice governor of Cavite. Girlie ‘Maita’ Ejercito also won as Vice Mayor of Pagsanjan.
Edu Manzano did not realize his dream of becoming a congressman despite superstar Coco Martin’s all-out support. But he was successful with Lito Lapid and the party-list bearing the title of his longest running action drama. Yassi Pressman was with him in its political advertisement.
Not all celebrities were destined to win. Some premium examples, ER Ejercito, Gary Estrada, Roderick Paulate, Monsour del Rosario, Richard Yap, Long Mejia, Dominic Ochoa, Rochelle Barrameda, Jeremy Marquez, Andrea del Rosario, Dagul, Jan Marini, Aileen Papin, Maricel Morales, Sheryl Cruz, Mark Lapid, and Rommel Padilla.
With regard to Rommel, the presence of his son Daniel Padilla and his girlfriend Kathryn Bernardo, as well as the supposedly Queen Mother, Karla Estrada, in his campaign was not enough to convince the voters to give him his congressional chance.
The Gonzaga’s sisters, Alex and Toni, have not blessed their father with his dream to become a mayor? Can we safely conclude that the once-dynamic sisters are no longer influencers and popular?
Kris Aquino’s endorsement of Bam Aquino and JunJun Binay did not matter as well.
My consolations, which made me smile, now that election is almost a done deal, the oldest senatorial aspirant, his political career finally ended.
The reign of the Estradas also concluded. Defeated in Manila (Erap). Vanquished in San Juan (Janella). Obliterated in the Senate (JV and Jinggoy).
Though Bong Revilla’s sins are already forgiven and forgotten by the majority of the populace, one small victory to end today’s ARIAS, Mocha Uson’s party list was weighed unworthy. We win some, we lose some, indeed.
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