Two days after the Philippine mid-term elections, the dust seems to have settled. The winners of the Senatorial race are coming into view. Now, no matter how frustrating it is to see that Filipinos continue to vote based on plain popularity, the rest of the intelligent voters have to bear the burden of having clowns and bozos elected into office.
1.) Grace Poe – The best thing about Grace Poe Llamanzares’ no. 1 winning position is the reaffirmation of the old Filipino trait “utang na loob” (debt of gratitude). Filipinos who used to cower in fear after the Japanese occupation may have rediscovered bravery in the fantasy world action hero “Da King” Fernando Poe, Jr. (Grace’s famous father). Some of them must have been smitten by the elder Poe’s mild-mannered nature and soft spoken charisma that they forced him to run…and lose in the 2004 Presidential elections. Those who voted for Grace could also have considered her an “heir” to “Da King’s” throne and this translated to her stellar performance at the tills…este..voting booths.
What can she do in the Senate: Maybe draft laws to discourage movie actors to join politics like requiring them to graduate college first.
2.) Loren Legarda – Maybe she really bought that New York apartment with her own money but there are people who really do not understand why Loren keeps popping on top of the senate race. For somebody whose image is mostly built up by the media mogul she used to work with, Loren is yet to create an impact in the Philippine legislature. Loren has thoroughly milked environmental theme causes but environmental destruction still continues.
What can she do in the Senate (this time): Maybe haul into the Senate Floor the environmental “destructors” of Boracay for an oversight investigation.
3.) Allan Peter Cayetano – He is the genuine winner number one being a rightful legislature material: Atenean lawyer, scion of a bonafide legislator and legal eagle Companero Rene, and author of several sensible legislation. However, the stigma of being part of the growing Cayetano political dynasty a.k.a ” Hermanos Cayetano Politico, Inc.” that includes two of his siblings: Pia (Senator), Lino (TV director and now Taguig’s Second District Representative), and his very own wife, Lani as Taguig Mayor – leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
What can he do in the Senate (this time): Maybe legislate a genuine anti-dynasty bill.
4.) Chiz Escudero – His inclusion in the top 5 has been foretold long before election day. In fact, he was expected to top it or at least land number 2. Were it not for that pesky objection by the parents of his young lady love, Love Ongpauco (Heart Evangelista), he could have been that top pick. Just imagine how a media creation can easily be shattered by accusations of being an uncultured drunkard.
What can he do in the Senate (this time): Maybe repair his bruised image and think about the 2016 Presidential elections. If that won’t convince the Ongpaucos, nothing will.
5.) Nancy Binay – Most consider her the luckiest new kid on the block. Capitalizing on her father’s popularity and machinery, this erstwhile personal assistant who admitted to have been pushed by the party to run for the Senate has raked in the votes – regardless of experience and personal platform, easily topped the Senate race. The actual winner in her case is her father (from whom she did not only inherite her skin color but also her political luck) who has once again proven that early planning and a well-oiled machinery born in feudal Makati can be replicated nationwide.
What can she do in the Senate? Your guess is as good as mine.
(to be continued)