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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 28, 2020


IN THE RECENT ‘BAWAL JUDGMENTAL’ episode of 'EAT BULAGA' featuring young mayors, one of the guests was the pretty Donya Tesoro, the Dimples Romana lookalike mayor of San Manuel, Tarlac, with Gardo Versoza as the celebrity contestant. When asked about her lovelife, she says she has none. 

“May nanliligaw ba sa inyo ngayon, Mayor?” Vic Sotto asked her.

“Parang wala. Parang ayaw naman nila sa akin,” she replied.

Vic pretended to call directly his son, Pasig Mayor Vico. “Hello, Vico, hello! O hayan, diniretso ko na ha,” as if acting as a matchmaker for Mayor Donya and his own mayor son.

Host Jose Manalo asked her what’s her type of guy?

“Ako kasi, hindi naman ako particular sa looks eh. Basta hindi babaero. Siyempre ‘yung maiintindihan din ang trabaho ko. Sa ngayon hindi ko siya priority. Kaya nga palagi kong nilalagay na #notimeforlove,” she said.

“Dapat, mayor din ang maging boyfriend nyo,” said Jose. “Ano ba paborito nyong pagkain? Gusto nyo pa ba ng kalamay? Kasi darating diyan ang Biko (pun for Vico), may latik.”

That episode went trending. Not only because of Mayor Donya but the other millennial mayors as well: Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste of Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Mayor Kit Nieto of Cainta, Rizal, Mayor Randy Salamat of Alfonso Cavite, Mayor Menchie Abalos of Mandaluyong, Mayor Marcy Teodoro of Marikina, and Mayor Ike Ponce of Pateros.

The young mayors seem responsible and more aware of the ills of their respective cities or towns, compared to the old fogeys we see in congress who sound like they’re mere attack dogs and yes men of Du30.

They admit some politicians tell them they’re still very young, what do they know, so they should just keep quiet.

But obviously, their constituents who voted for them believe we all need a change of perspective in the people who govern us and it’s time for corrupt old trapos to go. The reacrion of netizens is so favorable.

As one of them wrote: “These millennial mayors just proved how toxic Filipinos are when it comes to bata-ka-lang-manahimik-ka culture. Maybe it's time we take a chance at our government being led by the youth. I mean, look at Mayor Vico doing a great job leading Pasig.”