“Madali ang tumakbo. Paano kung manalo?” — Dolphy, in politics
“HINDI NAMAN IMPORTANTENG MAY ALAM KA. MADALI NAMANG MAG-ARAL PARA MATUTO? THIS COUNTRY NEEDS EDUCATED LEGISLATORS. DON’T EXPECT TO BE ELECTED THEN SIT THERE TO LEARN AT THE COST OF THE PEOPLE’S MONEY. STOP WASTING PUBLIC FUNDS! — Annabelle Rama
Here’s a partial list of showbiz denizens who have made known their intention to run in the 2013 elections:• Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno for senator
• Annabelle Rama for congresswoman in Cebu City
• Aga Muhlach for congressman in Camarines Sur (fourth district)
• Phillip Salvador for vice governor (against incumbent Daniel Fernando) of Bulacan
• Richard Gomez for mayor of Ormoc
• Onemig Bondoc for vice governor of Bataan
• Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad-Romulo for congresswoman of Bulacan
• Quezon Board Member Gary Estrada for congressman
• Quezon City Councilor Alfred Vargas for congressman
• Rez Cortez for governor (or is it congressman?) of Camarines Sur
And here’s a list of those running for reelection:
• Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, and QC Councilors Roderick Paulate, Gian Sotto and Precious Hipolito
• Ormoc Rep. Lucy Torres
• Caloocan City Councilor Marjorie Barretto
• Bacoor Rep. Lani Mercado
• Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez and Laguna Board Member Angelica Jones
• Manila Councilors Edward Maceda, Lou Veloso and Robert Ortega
• Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito and his wife, Pagsanjan Mayor Maita Sanchez
• Parañaque City Councilors Roselle Nava, Jason Webb and Val Sotto
• Makati Councilor Monsour del Rosario
• Dagupan Councilor Maybelyn dela Cruz
• Cainta (Rizal) Mayor Mon Ilagan
• Bacoor (Cavite) Mayor Strike Revilla
• Bataan Board Member Teri Onor
• Batangas Board Member Christopher de Leon and, of course,
• Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos.
By the way, Boy Abunda denied that he’s running for governor (or congressman) in Western Samar and so did Ai-Ai de las Alas for mayor of Quezon City. Eat, Bulaga! host Vic Sotto seems to enjoy keeping people guessing whether he will run (sana huwag na lang!) for mayor in Quezon City or not. According to reports, Bossing is not really interested but people close to him are pushing him into…running?
It’s a good thing that Luis Manzano got back to his senses and backtracked after floating the idea that he would run for mayor of Lipa City, a position once held by his mom, Gov. Vilma, who left it with a sterling record.
In his Tempo column, Ronald Constantino asked if the following would (dare) stage a comeback: Joey Marquez, Aiko Melendez, Edu Manzano, Ara Mina, Arnell Ignacio, Rico J. Puno, Nonoy Zuñiga, Jaime Fabregas, John Lesaca, Dingdong Avanzado, Mark Lapid, Barbara Milano, Zoren Legaspi, Roi Vinzon and Amay Bisaya.