At latest count, at least 22 movie personalities have won in the last general elections on May 10.
At this juncture, it appears that a good cast of actors and actresses have made their successful leap into politics and public service. A breakdown shows four actor-senators, three congresspersons, two governors, one vice-governor, three provincial board members, two mayors, two vice-mayors and five city councilors.
Three re-electionist senators—Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada and Manuel ’Lito’ Lapid—and a comebacking ex-senator, Vicente ‘Tito” Sotto, made it to the magic 12.
The three Lower house representatives are re-electionist Dan Fernandez of Laguna, Lani Mercado (Sen. Bong’s better half) and Lucy Torres who subbed for disqualified hubby Richard Gomez for a congressional seat in Leyte.
The governors are second termer Vilma Santos of Batangas and first-time governor E.R. Ejercito of Laguna. While Gov. Vi first served as mayor of Lipa, Gov. E.R. was the mayor of Pagsanjan where he had consistently been chosen as one of the country’s most outstanding local executives.
The vice-governor winner is Daniel Fernando of Bulacan. While three won positions as provincial board members, namely, Christopher de Leon of batangas, Gary Estrada of Quezon and Angelica Jones of Laguna.
There are two mayors—Herbert ‘Bistek’ Bautista of Quezon City and Maita Sanchez who succeeded her husband E.R. as mayor of Pagsanjan. Isko Moreno (Francisco Domogoso in real life) won as vice-mayor of Manila while actor-director Jose ‘Kaka’ Balagtas snared the vice-mayorship of San Antonio, Nueva Ecija.
Elected councilors are Roderick Paulate and Alfred Vargas for the second district of Quezon City (former teen actress Precious Hipolito also won in the same district). Other winning councilors are Alma Moreno of Paranaque, Yul Servo of Manila and Daisy Reyes of Pateros.
And because there are the two faces of showbiz, the notable losers in this year’s election are the following: Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada for president; Edu manzano for vice-president; Cesar Montano for governor of Bohol; Rommel Padilla for vice-governor if Nueva Ecija; Joey Marquez for mayor of Paranaque;
Rey Malonzo, Aiko Melendez and Anjo Yllana for vice-mayor respectively of Caloocan, Quezon City and Paranaque; Ara Mina and Arnel Ignacio, Jaime Fabregas for Q.C. councilors.
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