Thursday, September 19, 2019

Velez: Bad winners


HERE is the list of winners in this senatorial race: A wealthy subdivision tycoon grabbed the top spot. A top presidential aide snapped his way into third. A self-proclaimed feminist landed fourth. A police chief shot his way to fifth. A re-electionist senator taxed his efforts to land in sixth. An actor-senator who played a rebel-leader galloped into seventh. A presidential daughter with vague graduation records sneaked into eighth. And a re-electionist charged with plunder stole the eleventh spot, and we can say he danced all the way to the August hall.


Otso-Deretso and independent candidates like Makabayan’s Neri Colmenares may have not made it, but they won praises from people with their campaign that hardly had money, machinery, marketing and budots.

Which makes us wonder, are you sure you are running in the right country?


Despite the black propaganda and attacks all over the country, Bayan Muna and other progressive partylists under the Makabayan coalition (Gabriela, ACT Teachers, Kabataan) still made it in to the partylists.

The Makabayan would like to thank the police and Hugpong campaign manager Mayor Sara Duterte for the free publicity and marketing strategy. It was a good campaign that detractors make you look so bad, but your track record shows how good you are.

We hope Makabayan will continue to push for the real agenda for change for the people.


Topping the partylist is ACT-CIS also known as Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support Partylist. It is strange that this party is anti-crime but their supporter is one broadcaster charged with pocketing P60 million from tourism funds.

In the first place, what does this group represent? Are crime fighters marginalized? I might as well call the Avengers.


A partylist twisting the system is the Duterte Youth. In a surprise eyebrow raising move, all its five nominees withdrew their nomination, and its head, the resigned National Youth Commission Chair Ronald Cardema wants to be the substitute.

I understand why he is the only choice. Duterte Youth only had seven people attending their rally. The other one is over-age to represent the youth.

Cardema thinks loyalty to the administration can land him a spot in Congress to bark at his nemesis, the Makabayan coalition. But if you see the ANC face-off between him and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, Cardema couldn’t find his mouth at all.


Cardema got over-excited and ambitious. Bong Revilla and Imee Marcos smooth talking to their detractors. Bikoy is revived to pounce on the Liberal Party to the delight of DDS. It seems we don’t have sore losers in politics nowadays, just bad winners.


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