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* THE HAIR-RAISING FIGHT FOR MAYOR IN TOLEDO CITY. As of Monday (May 20), as of 4:59 p.m. with 100 percent of the election returns in, ABS-CBN's Halalan 2019 reported the lead of Joie Perales, Mayor Sonny Osmeña's bet, over PDP-Laban's Dydee Zambo, by only 541 votes (34,960 against 34, 319). Sonny-backed Jake Sigue bested Antonio Yapha Jr. (NPC) by 3,570 votes (44,066 against 30,496).
* THE REASONS THEY COULDN'T TELL WHERE THE PRESIDENT WAS. Daughter Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio: "We only talk on special family occasions."
President's spokesman Salvador said Duterte was "just in his residence at the Palace signing papers." He denied the president was hospitalized. But, Panelo said, Duterte is "neither confirming nor denying that he went to the hospital."
Meaning, Panelo knew the president was in Malacañang (at the time the spokesman was asked by reporters). Could he have gone to the hospital? The spokesman's answer: Duterte didn't confirm or deny he had gone to a hospital. Meaning, he didn't say whether he did or did not. More so, if he did go to the hospital, the president didn't say whether he was treated at the hospital.
So, ask again, Was the president taken ill and was hospitalized for it? "Ambot!"
* WHAT DFA LOCSIN SAID ABOUT "PREMATURELY EJACULATING." In blaming the previous Aquino administration's initial response to the issue, which was "slow and not sustained, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin tweeted, "The outrage at first discovery (of 103 containers of Canada's garbage dumped in 2013 and 2014 in the Philippines) was a dud, illustrating our tendency to ejaculate prematurely on all issues from vital to sexual. Thank God for Duterte."
Teddyboy's thrust -- which, unlike PNoy's "weak" push, must be vigorous and enduring -- was to recall Filipino diplomats from Canada.
Fall of three Osmeñas
Few noticed, amid the excitement and confusion over the election results, that three "giants" in politics from the Osmeña clan lost last May 13.
Attention has been focused mostly on Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña's defeat, which was the stellar attraction, the big event to Cebuanos.
Little attention from the media or the public was given to this: another Osmeña, Toledo City Mayor John "Sonny" Osmeña also lost, in his bid for congressman of Cebu's third district, to One Cebu's Pablo John Garcia.
And many Cebuanos fussed more over the victory of Imee Marcos, Bong Go and Bato de la Rosa than on the fate of a third Osmeña, Sergio "Serge" Osmeña III. Serge had "scored" two losses in a row, in 2010 and 2019, in his efforts to return to the Senate after having served it for 18 years.
Tomas's loss, the nearest and most visible to the Cebu public, was stunning. Taken together with the defeat of two other Osmeñas, the events are earth-shaking.
Tomas still has the BOPK-controlled City Council to be busy about in the next three years. And Sonny may have the Toledo City Hall to be interested in as elder adviser, that is, if his anointed mayor and vice mayor will be proclaimed winners. (See top item above).
And who was that close blood relative of the Osmeñas who seriously wanted to endorse Edgar Labella but didn't at the last minute? That relative would've reaped headlines for going to the Tomas Osmeña lead enemy a few days before election day.
The Osmeña kin was already on the verge of arranging a press-con, which didn't come.
Wouldn't have been as stunning as the NQ public rejection of his grandson Luigi -- but still very much newsworthy in the campaign homestretch.
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