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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
OLD, familiar faces may yet again grace or dominate the hallowed halls of the senate if we are to believe a recent survey of probable winners in the 2013 senatorial race.
In fact, said survey has had a cacophony of revealing, revolting, surprising results.
Unsurprisingly, however, Senator Chiz Escudero made it to the top of the Magic 12 followed by Loren Legarda and several other old faces of re-electionists from the present setup of the Upper House.
Koko Pimentel, who has been vocal on his abhorrence to run under United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) along with nemesis Migs Zubiri, was also in there of the Magic 12 along with former rebel soldier Antonio Trillanes III, Alan Peter Cayetano and even Gringo Honasan.
What was revealing, however, in the said survey was Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar occupying the seventh slot! Yes, right there in the middle or the seventh (7th) slot.
Oh well, that’s indeed a good way to go for a congresswoman, who for sure remains an envy from here on among other senatorial aspirants like senatorial pretender Riza Hontiveros who wants a comeback.
Hontiveros, a former television anchor-lady who is known to her struggles in behalf of the oppressed minority and her left-leaning political views, was listed far outside the Magic 12.
A close friend of President Noy, Hontiveros has a slot reserved under the Chief Executive’s LP political party.
We don’t only know if and whenever said survey was strategically made to flog further the running horses of the Las Piñas representative into some level or whether it was honestly done for all intents and purposes.
Surely, other senatorial aspirants will be green in the face envious of the lady representative’s lofty perch.
To occupy the seventh slot in a political survey as early as this surely rings a good vantage point to start with, propagate and cultivate one’s political launch pad in the 2013 mid-term elections.
Charge it to her no-nonsense sense of marketing or branding.
Through, perhaps, her Kabuhayan television ads, Cong. Cythia Villar simply made it there. Because unlike her counterparts in the Upper House, she is seldom seen on television, heard on AM Radio Bands nor read on the pages of the print media. But yes, Madame Cynthia Villar spearheads the program and causes of her pro-people and pro-Kabuhayan Villar Foundation that has been reaping plaudits here and abroad.
And yes, only then that we hear and read about her on the print media when such things come around.
But yes, let us not forget Madame Cynthia prefers to play it down and silently work in the sidelines propagating her Kabuhayan, pro-people program thrusts.
Let us not forget too that Madame Cynthia is the better half of highly-popular Sen. Manny Villar who run but lost in the 2010 presidential elections.
Sen. Manny Villar is better known as the House Speaker who prominently acted on former president Erap Estrada’s impeachment case way back then.
Before throwing his hat in the 2010 presidential race, Sen. Manny Villar also served Senate President.
With his mandated two six-year term of senate office now over, it’s now time for Sen. Manny Villar to give way to his better half for his soon-to-be vacated senate slot.
What was revolting in the said survey was how it treated Senate President JPE.
With his impeccable handling of the CJ Renato Corona’s impeachment trial, it simply is revolting he was and is hanging on a thread, sharing the last and final 12th slot with somebody else.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 11, 2012.