By Mortz C. Ortigoza
When I asked early this year reelectionist Senator Jayvee Ejercito, the son of a former President, about his take on the poor political poll’s stock of reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino on the December 2017 Social Weather Station’s senatorial preference, he retorted with a guffaw: “Iyon ang may malaking problema!”
He referred to the poor performance of Aquino on the survey despite being in the Top 20 of the 12 senators needed to win so they can be in the August Chamber for the 2019 -2025's term of office.
Ejercito and Aquino were numbers 11 and X (Rappler.com did not give the rank), respectively, on that survey.
In the March 23-28 Pulse Asia’s poll, it seems Aquino would be the one teasing Estrada as the latter was in No. 15 while the former was in No. 14. Pulse’s put both to rove in Numbers 10-19.
Both Senators have been busily crisscrossing the country for consultations and obviously to bolster their weak political stocks by extricating themselves, salamabit, from the cellar dweller's tag.
In the latest SWS’s poll those who entered the top 20 were (from highest to lowest):
1) Senator Grace Poe; 2) Senator Cynthia Villar; 3) Former Senator Pia Cayetano; 4) Senator Nancy Binay; 5) Senator Sonny Angara; 6) Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio; 7) Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel; 8) Former Senator Sergio Osmeña; 9) Former Senator Lito Lapid; 10) Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada; 11) Broadcaster Erwin Tulfo; and 12) Former PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.
Controversial blogger and present Presidential Communication Operations Office Assistant Secretary Easter Margaux “Mocha” Uson and transgender Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman, the goat or the last one, were at the 40-56 and 52-58 ranks, respectively.
My posed when I saw Mocha’s poor performance: “Baka hao-shiao lang iyong 5.6 million Face Book's followers ni Mocha? Bakit kulelat sa survey ang kabayan nating Dagupena? “
When Uson’s name was included to be part of the senatorial ticket of the PDP-Laban for the 2019 race, her boss Media Communication Office Secretary Martin Andanar (No. 27-37 in the latest Pulse’s poll), was quick to say that the former entertainer-turned-public official would win.
He confidently cited that Uson’s “no-brainer” victory can be attributed to her large social media following.
Uson has been being demonized by critics to be the purveyor of fake news in the country.
Before joining President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, she was once a purveyor of what was prurient in this country.
"Ano iyong prurient, Pareng Mortz?" Kulafo Dimakatalos, my tricycle driver friend who lives near the house of Mocha in Barangay Amado Tapuac, Dagupan City, text me after reading this blog in the internet.
"Ah, prurient. Ibig sabihin having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters as shown on her video on TV, the internet and live programs," I explained.
Here's the comments on the poor survey performance of Mocha from Bugallon, Pangasinan former Mayor Ric Orduna, Calasiao, Pangasinan former Administrator Vivvincio Vallo, and Newspaper Editor Giovani Madrid ( a son of the former mayor of Aguillar, Pangasinan):
Mayor Orduna: Alam mo kaibigan noong midterm election na si GMA ang presidente halos lahat ng politiko na nakaupo na kagaya ko nasa administrasyon at ang sinasabi ng partidong Lakas-Kampi 12-0 zero ang kalaban mga kandidato ng administrasyon noon sila Chavit, Pichay, zubirri, cesar montano na artista at kung sino sino pa na mga sikat at mayayaman hehehe sa kasamahang palad si Zubirri lang po lumosot may daya pa kaya nanalo si Pimentel sa protesta. Ang di ko makalimotan noong nagkaroon ng political rally sa Binalonan kamiy inimbita para mag attend isa- isang dumarating ang mga kandidato at isa-isa din silang pinagsasalita daming taong pumunta ng si Cesar Montano ang dumating kasama ang asawang Sunshine Cruz naku kawawa yong nagsasalita tinalikuran ng mga tao at dinumog si Montano hiyawan sigawan napakainit ng pagtangap sa kanya kaya nasabi ko sa sarili ko sigurado ng senador itong Montano na ito sikat talagang artista mali pala ako resulta kulelat. Kaya itong kababayan natin na si Mocha kung makausap mo advice mo siya hindi siya ganon kasikat kay Montano at baka di niya alam dito lang sa atin pag siya ay napag uusapan yong iba napapamura mukhang daming galit sa kanya at di maalis sa utak ng mga tao yong dati niyang raket alam mo na yon. Regards my friend.
Admin Vallo:Dagdag mo pa mga Marcos loyalist, galit din sa kanya. Wala siyang solid North kaya d siya oobra. Well articulated ang binitawan ni Mayor (Orduna) and that's a fact.
Mortz: Naalala ko si Bong Revilla noong dinala ninyo ni Mayor Roy sa Calasiao, of all my experiences as a media practitioner that was a campaign were people went gaga, artista kasi. Iba ang dating ng artista sa mga tao. But unlike Cesar Montano, Edu Manzano and other members of the celluloid screen, Bong Revilla did not only win that senate race, but beat his fellow senators to win a room in a detention cell sa Camp Crame - talagang sikat may paiyak iyak pa sa plunder cases niya.
Editor Madrid: Well, she’s famous... and well-known. But she’s known more for her notoriety. And what really are the qualities of being well-known? So funny, people now use the term notorious in a more neutral way as a form of irony - which doesn’t actually change the fact that the proper use of this word has a negative flavor.
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