One of the hotly commented posts in the YouTube is 1969 Ms. Universe Gloria Diaz's comment (link here or watch the post below) in relation to Venus Raj's response on the Q & A portion of the 2010 Ms. Universe pageant. Diaz is proposing that maybe it is high time that we employ interpreters for … Continue reading Lessons from Venus Raj’s “Major, Major” Mistake
In the early part of 2008, I wrote a paper for the Institute for Popular Democracy (which I also presented in the PPSA) on the decline of the Imperials of Albay Province. The paper concludes that if the clan will not reinvent itself and if the members of the clan's later generation will not step … Continue reading The Imperials in Bicol History (Last of the Series)
The recently concluded elections brought a double whammy to the Alfelor Clan, one of the major political forces in Camarines Sur. Felix "Nancing" Alfelor, Jr., lost his bid for provincial governor while his brother, and Emmanuel "Manny" Alfelor Sr., failed to catch the congressional seat by a very narrow margin. Hence the question: Where did … Continue reading CamSur elections: A Double Whammy for the Alfelors
If there is a best word to describe the way politics and elections is handled in the Philippines, it would be "tantiya". The reasons include the facts that Filipino politics is personality-based, and statistics seem to be an alien subject even among political analysts. This is undeniable because even the Commission on Elections, the supposedly … Continue reading Will Noynoy bag the Bicol vote?
Except for Camarines Norte where results are still unavailable, Bicol has two new governors -- Rizalina Seachon Lanete of Masbate, and Raul Lee of Sorsogon. Albay's Joey Salceda, Camarines Sur's L-Ray Villafuerte, and Catanduanes's Joseph Cua were all re-elected. In general, our forecasts were true. We only failed in Masbate where Lanete won over the … Continue reading Gubernatorial election results in Bicol
While Sorsogon's First District has a re-elected Congressman, the Second District has a new one. Below is the result for the province's two legislative Districts as of May 17: First District ESCUDERO, Salvador III H. NATIONALIST PEOPLES COALITION 89,512 HAMOR, Jose Edwin B. NACIONALISTA PARTY 63,287 Second District RAMOS, Deogracias, Jr. B. LIBERAL PARTY 30,945 … Continue reading 2010 Congressional election results — Sorsogon
In Masbate, the clans still rule. As expected, incumbents Narciso Bravo Jr., and Antonio Kho were carried by their incumbency while Scott Lanete was carried by her clan's name to victory. Below are the congressional district election results: First District BRAVO, Narciso, Jr. R. LAKAS KABALIKAT NG MALAYANG PILIPINO CHRISTIAN MUSLIM DEMOCRATS 44,732 BUNAN, Karla … Continue reading 2010 Congressional election results — Masbate