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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, May 19, 2016
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Of winners and whiners

Ninfa Leonardia It was good to know that Leni Robredo expressed her gratitude to the voters of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City for the large margin they gave her over her opponents in the recent election. That shows her how we reciprocate, especially for the favors we got from her presidential partner, who had worked so successfully to fulfill the dream of our two provinces to become one region. While we regret that Mar Roxas did not make it, we have the consolation of having Leni up there to speak for us.

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However, Leni Robredo had the misfortune of having for an opponent someone who refuses to accept defeat. Like all political tradpols, the son and heir of the unlamented dictator, still hangs on to his belief that he had been cheated, the way such shenanigans happened during the rule of his parents. So let him get his wish. What a pity it is that now that we have adopted the holding elections in such an efficient and speedy way, we still have candidates who must want to go back to the old manual method where they could manipulate results.

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In Bacolod, the defeated one is probably of the same mind, and wants a recount because of the shame of losing with such a shameful margin. Just imagine, this is believed to be the biggest margin between winner and loser in the history of the city. And, the last election showed the great interest of city residents in casting their votes and expressing their attitude towards the candidates. As for the recount supposedly being sought by the losers, let it happen, let them spend more of their hoard in the process.

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Of course they must be wondering what happened to the expected votes from the thousands of casuals, job order workers, and traffic enforcers whose families were reportedly counted on to provide thousand of votes. Alas, voters have gotten wise, anyway they know nobody can check their votes. This is unlike the old days when such voters were said to be obliged to use carbon paper under their ballots to show to their masters after voting. The new voting machines have prevented that, thank God!

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At least Bacolod and Negros Occidental have not elected anyone with serious pending cases before the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan that may call for their conviction, disqualification or dismissal any time during their term. How awful that would be for the local government unit involved. In yesterday's column, we mentioned some of those elected officials who have been indicted or facing serious charges, and, for sure they will be serving with the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.

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A funny (not to those involved, of course) thing is happening in Cebu City, where the incumbent mayor and his vice mayor and 12 of their 16 councilors have been ordered suspended by the Ombudsman. The order was not served during the election time, but promptly after. All 14 officials were served the order by the Department of Interior and Local Government. So the “uncharged” councilors, headed by Margot Osmeña had to take over with her as acting mayor, the other one as acting vice mayor and the two others their council. But Mayor Michael Rama was defeated by Margot's husband, Tommy Osmeña, so he has no more chance of getting back to city hall after serving his suspension.

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A reminder to dual citizens: You cannot have your cake and eat it. This according to the Supreme Court that has ruled that dual citizens are not qualified to run for public office in the country. So far, many have tried, but most, or all, have found out to their dismay that their campaign and expenses had been for nothing because they were disqualified after all. To be sure you are a bonafide candidate, you must make sure that you are either fish or fowl.

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Congratulations to the Bacolod police for nabbing the character who robbed and killed Nestor Palencia of City Heights Subdivision, and who turned out to be a driver-reliever of the family. I guess the case to be filed against Rodante Magallanes, 37, may be an open-and-shut one, considering that the missing jewelry of the family were also found in his possession. What an ingrate he must be to do what he did to a family that had given him employment. He will deserve the penalty the court will mete to him.*

 

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