<script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- Showbiz Portal Bottom 1 300x250, created 10/15/10 --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-1272644781333770" data-ad-slot="2530175011"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script>
Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 16, 2013

Who Won & Who Lost Among Showbiz Candidates In The Last Elections

AS THEY SAY, many are called but few are chosen. The surveys that trumpeted Loren Legarda will be topnotcher were all wrong. From out of the blue came Grace Poe. It’s said it’s a vindication of her dad FPJ’s being cheated in the 2004 presidential election. More than that, we think Grace has proven in the debates that she really has something between her ears. She didn’t run unprepared and her stint at the MTRCB where she did a good job also backs this up. Her winning isn’t just plain luck.

But Nancy Binay’s is. Her surname did her a lot of good. After all, all the Binays who ran won. Now, is the time for her to prove to her detractors that those who voted for her aren’t wrong. And stop making fun of her skin. That’s racial discrimination.

Both Grace and Nancy ran for the first time and immediately won. But there are those who’ve been running and running and still, they lose like Richard Gomez, who have ran for higher positions. Finally, he ran for a local post as mayor of Ormoc, and still lost. Whereas his wife Lucy Torres won again as congresswoman. He can now go back to being his wife’s “punong abala” in congress. Maybe he should realize politics is not for him. But as they say, he can still try and try until he hopefully succeeds.

One of big winner in the last election is Mother Lily Monteverde. Of the 12 winning senators, 11 were endorsed by her: Grace Poe, Loren Legarda, Chiz Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Nancy Binay, Sonny Angara, Bam Aquino, Koko Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes and Gringo Honasan. The one who didn’t make it are Riza Hontiveros while Cynthia Villar and Dick Gordon are fighting for the final slot. We voted for all of them. Another candidate we voted for but lost is Jun Magsaysay, who was endorsed by Richard Yap. Obviously, Sir Chief’s magic didn’t work the way Coco Martin’s did for Sonny Angara.

Other showbiz candidates who won are Gov. Vilma Santos (Batangas, by a landslide) and ER Ejercito (Laguna.) Both are re-electionists, like ER’s wife, Maita Ejercito, who won again as mayor of Pagsanjan.

One of the surprise winners is 23-year old Migz Villafuerte, who defeated his septuagenarian grandpa as governor of Camarines Sur. Youth won, obviously. But his own dad, former Gov. L-Ray, lost as congressman.

As board member, Angelica Jones was re-elected in Laguna but Roi Vinzon lost in his bid for the same position in Pampanga, along with Dennis Padilla, Emilio Garcia and Gerald Ejercito in Laguna.

Herbert Bautista and Joy Belmonte are re-elected as mayor and vice mayor of QC, by landslide, also Strike Revilla in Bacoor. In Manila, former Pres. Erap is now the new mayor while Isko Moreno is re-elected as vice mayor, defeating Alfredo Lim (whose life has been filmed four times) and comedian Lou Veloso. But Michelle Ortega won in her bid to be mayor of the town of Caba in La Union.

In congress, those who won are Aga Muhlach in Camarines Sur, Alfred Vargas in QC 5th district, Lino Cayetano in Taguig, and re-electionists Lucy Torres in Ormoc, Manny Pacquiao in Sarangani, Dan Fernandez in Laguna and Lani Mercado in Cavite. Big loser was Annabelle Rama in Cebu, who was buried in a landslide by Raul del Mar, father of broadcaster Cutie del Mar. Other losers were Rez Cortez in Camarines, Shalani Soledad in Bulacan, Joey Marquez in Paranaque, Christopher de Leon in Batangas, Imelda Papin in San Jose Delmonte Bulacan, and Dennis Padilla in Laguna.

As Vice Governor, those who won are Daniel Fernando in Bulacan, Jinkee Pacquiao in Sarangani and Jolo Revilla in Cavite (Jolo defeats the son of Ping Lacson who used to be the brother in law of his GF Jodi Sta. Maria.)

Among the councillors, the winners are Yul Servo (topnotcher in Manila), Matthew Mendoza in Puerto Princesa, re-electionists Cristina “Kring-Kring” Gonzalez-Romualdez in Tacloban City, Alma Moreno in Paranaque, and Roderick Paulate, Anjo Yllana, Dingdong Avanzado and Gian Sotto in Quezon City; Alma Moreno, Ryan Yllana and Roselle Nava in Parañaque, and Janella Ejercito (daughter of Jinggoy) in San Juan. Among the losers are Onemig Bondoc, Allan Paule, Amay Bisaya, Rey Valera, Anthony Castello, and Ervic Vijandre.

One thing the election has proven is that social media only works in a big urban area like Metro-Manila, where the trashing of netizens on Nancy Binay didn’t work. Candidates favoured in social media like Riza and Teddy Casino didn’t make it at all. In the end, it’s still the newspapers, radio and TV that have greater influence on the majority of our people, not Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or blogging.