Life goes on after the elections but public good goes the extra mile so after oath-taking is running reins of political powers—from the national to the municipal—for winning celebs, living the quotidian as well for losing candidates.
Wait! Sentimental Songstress Imelda Papin has an unfinished business in her second attempt at Congress when she recently filed a complaint of fraud with the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal. She was assisted legally by incoming presidential spokesperson, part-time ballroom dancer and party singer Salvador Panelo to defer the official swear-in of her rival as rep of the Fourth District of Camarines Sur.
As usual, the whole Papin caboodle is behind her as younger sis Aileen Papin publicly cried foul, accused contenders of cheating and demanded for a recount of votes. In consonance with the Papins’ loyalist’s hymn (although Mel’s current party ticket is under the Liberal), Aileen is sharing other Marcosians’ tune of protest actions against the unreliability of the automated counting.
Couple Ronnie Ricketts and Mariz (after the former lost his Muntinlupa congressional bid) have been going around the country, taking a breather, meeting friends and supporters, one of them so-called Running Priest Robert Reyes.
Gary Estrada, who placed third among the three-cornered Quezon Province vice gubernatorial race has already planned a vacation in Boracay with his family after the grueling campaign and tension-filled election. “I was sad,” said Gary. “Talo tayo (We lost),” gloomily quipped the actor.
“So what are your plans after all this?” this writer queried. “Wala pa (Nothing yet),” he replied.
“How about Bernadette (Allyson)?” we probed. “She withdrew at the last minute,” quickly informed Gary about his wife who filed her intention to run as a provincial board member in the same place because, he added, she wanted to concentrate on his campaign. Berna got a considerable number of votes just the same as her name was still in the ballot.
Estrada’s half-brothers ER Ejercito, Gherome and Gerald Ejercito have likewise lost their fight as Laguna governor and board members, respectively. Meanwhile, comedienne Angelica Jones might cry a river again on media interviews as she would assert that votes for her were hijacked as she failed to clinch the vice governorship of the province and beauty queen-actress Azenith Briones suffered the same sad fate as provincial bokal.
Entertainment writer Dennis Adobas admitted he has always advised his protégé Dan Alvaro to put an end to his political ambitions but the action star turned deaf ears to meet his doom as councilor of Quezon City where chanteuse Janet Basco’s hubby Johnny Revilla, Anthony Castelo and re-elected mayor Herbert Bautista’s ex-flame Tates Gana lost council seats as well.
Phillip Salvador trailed weakly behind fellow drama-action hero Daniel Fernando as vice governor of Bulacan albeit the former’s filing of motion for reconsideration of his residency and voting status in his declared address found untrue by the court. It’s good Fernando has all the time in the world to trace the whereabouts of missing entertainment writer, talent manager, star-builder, TV host and ex-PMPC prexy Boy de Guia if only scribe Anthony Solis is to be believed that the actor told him Kuya Boy isn’t dead and is staying in a retreat house somewhere in Bulacan.
Stud Alfred Vargas is ecstatic about keeping his fellow thespians company in the House of Reps especially Vilma Santos winning the congressional seat of Batangas’ Sixth District because he idolizes the actress as politician. First-timers Yul Servo, Monsour del Rosario, Chiqui Roa, Strike Revilla, and Christopher de Venecia will be joined by re-electionists Sol Aragones and Lucy Torres in merry yet cutting edge lawmaking stints at the Lower House.
Loser councilwoman in Lopez, Quezon Nica Naval (Gregoria de Jesus in Richard Somes’ Supremo, nurse in Adolf Alix, Jr.’s Death March, etc.) revealed that there were massive vote-buying in the Fourth District of Quezon. “A wholesale family votes cost P1,500. Philippine politics is very dirty,” Nica exclaimed. Somehow, she has diverted her interest to teaching informally barrio kids as advocacy and she has just met up with controversial Fil-Briton filmmaker Jowee Morel (Iza Calzado’s Mona Singapore Escort, Mercedes Cabral’s Latak, Pilar Pilapil’s Leona Calderon, etc.) for currents affairs shows on cyber.
While Alma Moreno missed a Senate chance, her son Vandolph won a Parañaque City council post which her mom had relinquished.
Who’s winning, who’s losing in other turfs?
Manny Pacquiao, Tito Sotto, Risa Hontiveros and Joel Villanueva are already proclaimed senators while Edu Manzano, Mark Lapid, Rey Langit and Isko Moreno have hung their hopes they would still be in the Magic Dozen because the fat lady has already sung.
Jolo Revilla is re-elected as Cavite’s second man-in-command.
Newspaperman Junex Doronio lost as Lapu-Lapu City rep as well as Jannah Ejercito, San Juan. TV poster boy Jopet Sison failed his Marikina congress conquest likewise model Jade Ecleo didn’t make it as lawmaker for Dinagat Islands.
Daniel Padilla is giving a party for his dad Rommel Padilla for his landslide victory in Nueva Ecija as board member. Other winning bokals are Jestoni Alarcon, Rizal; Teri Onor, Bataan; and Alex Castro, Bulacan.
Losing: Long Mejia, Bulacan.
Winning mayors in towns and cities: Joseph Estrada, Manila; Richard Gomez, Ormoc; Cristina “Kring Kring” Gonzales, Tacloban; Lani Mercado, Bacoor, Cavite; Maita Sanchez, Pagsanjan; Guia Gomez, San Juan; ex-Regal Films helmer Pong Mercado, Taal, Batangas; Patrick Meneses, Bulakan; and Dan Fernandez, Santa Rosa City, Laguna.
Losing: Lito Camo, Bongabon, Oriental Mindoro; Lito Lapid, Angeles City; and Daisy Reyes, Pateros.
Winning vice mayors: Ina Alegre, Pola, Oriental Mindoro, Janella Estrada, San Juan; painter Jaime Vista, Tanay, Rizal; and Andrea de Rosario, Calatagan, Batangas.
Losing: Jose “Kaka” Balagtas, San Antonio, Nueva Ecija; Jeremy Marquez, Parañaque; broadcaster Jun del Rosario, Bacoor; and Val Iglesias, Pasig.
Other winning councilors: PJ Malonzo, Caloocan; Masculados’ Bok Inciong, Roselle Nava, Ryan and Jomari Yllana, Wahoo Sotto, Parañaque; Roderick Paulate, siblings Lala and Gian Sotto, Precious Hipolito, Anjo Yllana and baller Franz Pumaren, QC; Rico Puno and Jhong Hilario, Makati; Vico Sotto and Yoyong Martires, Pasig; film critic Edic Piano, Olongapo; hoopster Paul Artadi, San Juan; composer Boy Christopher, Sto. Tomas, Batangas; and fashion lensman Donald Tapan, Agdangan, Quezon.
Losing: Inday Garutay, Ericka Villongco, Lance Raymundo, San Juan; cyclist Gerry Igos, Calauag, Quezon; film baddie Randy Robledo, Biñan; Lou Veloso, Manila; and Allan Paule, Muntinlupa.