The farce continues.
After junking its three guest candidates–Senator Francis Escudero, Senator Loren Legarda, and former chief censor Grace Poe–the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) tried to recruit replacements.
UNA eyed evangelist Eddie Villanueva, Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn, and Bayan Muna party list representative Teddy Casino as replacements–but failed to get them.
To counter perceptions that UNA was not attractive enough to entice even struggling independent candidates, it is now peddling a new line.
I caught Nancy Binay, a daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay and also an UNA senatorial candidate, mouthing this line (or words to that effect) on TV: We already junked three so why should we replace them with another three?
Hello, Ms. Binay! You want a full slate because it indicates political strength.
Don’t blame me but I was waiting for her to lapse into numerology. Nine is lucky and 12 is a curse!
In the same news program, UNA candidate Tingting Cojuangco (aunt of President Noynoy Aquino) intoned: nine is lighter than 12. We can do more when we are less and less if we are more. (Go figure!)
Here’s another gem from UNA senatorial candidate JV Ejercito (son of former President Joseph Estrada): it is better to have nine united candidates rather than 12 who will betray each other.
Mr. Ejercito, I guess it is time for some education. Every senatorial candidate is loyal only to himself. Why? Every other candidate is a rival; this is true even if the other candidate is part of your slate. At the end of the day, only 12 of the candidates who received the highest number of votes will be proclaimed as senators. How would you feel if you ranked 13th and a member of your slate was 12th and declared a senator? Supposed the difference in your votes is only 200,000? Will you not file a petition for a recount even if the person concerned is a member of your slate?
Elsewhere in this magical realist country and while a Team Pnoy rally was going on, local (Catholic) Church authorities in Bacolod City usurped the functions of the the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and ‘approved’ the electoral bids of senatorial candidates belonging to Team Buhay (Team Life) and Team Patay (Team Death). Through signage on the Bacolod City cathedral, however, the preference for Team Buhay was apparent. Both (Church) teams are bipartisan and were delineated by the candidates’ stance on the reproductive health bill. For the Church, a vote for the bill means that you are in favor of death (i.e. abortion).
On TV, I heard the Bacolod bishop claiming they were not commanding voters to vote in a certain way. The tarps were for the guidance of voters in the city.
Immediately afterwards, as if on cue, the COMELEC told the Bacolod diocese to remove the tarps. Not for ‘usurpation of COMELEC’s authority” but because they exceeded the size of tarps allowed by the COMELEC! And the bishop said the Church will comply.
Elsewhere, some Filipinos (my kind of Pinoys) responded wisely and wittily. They came up with their own team: Team Patay Malisya. In local parlance, it may mean absence of malice, disguised malice, tongue-in-cheek malice, and so forth. Translated literally into English, it is Team Death Malice. Or Team Malicious Death? LMAO!
With guys like this, I think there’s hope for our country.