• Bad SONA day for Imelda, nephew

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    First, her nephew lost in the race for speakership in the House of Representatives. Then former First Lady Imelda Marcos slipped and had a bad fall.

    The two unlucky incidents for the Romualdez family all happened on the day President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address Monday.

    Mrs. Marcos’ nephew—Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez—finished last in the Speakership race with 16 votes, or two votes behind eventual House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora of San Juan.

    Right after Romualdez’s loss, Mrs. Marcos slipped and ended up sitting on the floor in the North Wing lobby of the House of Representatives.

    Zamora’s victory loomed as early as Saturday when the seven-strong Makabayan bloc announced it was supporting him.

    Zamora was the Executive Secretary of former President Joseph Estrada, the only Philippine President who has been convicted of plunder.

    Under House Rules, the one with second biggest votes in the Speakership race will end up House Minority Leader.

    Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. was given an overwhelming mandate with 245 votes.

    At a little past 1 p.m. Mrs. Marcos, who represents the 2nd District of Ilocos Norte, was going down the stairs she lost her balance and stumbled three steps.

    Mrs. Marcos was wearing a long brown gown.

    Members of the Presidential Security Group rushed to help the 84-year-old congresswoman. She was brought to the Philippine Heart Center.

    LLANESCA T. PANTI

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