Monday, October 28, 2013

MILF Cmdr wins M'lang "Kap" Race; Trounces 3 Christian Rivals

The Newly Elected Barangay Chairman Datu Noah Dimao Zabel of
Dugong, Mlang - a Muslim. He is the Commander of
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the area that
overlooks the huge Liguasan Marsh.
 He bested three Christians (two of them are members
of the formidable Celestial clan - an uncle and nephew)
bets who contested the villa
ge top post in a pre-
dominantly Christian populated barangay. 
What happened to the Ilonggos there?
 Out of the seven seats for
the village council, the Muslims chalked up five
of the posts, while the Christians won only two
of the seats.



Mortz C. Ortigoza shook the hand of fomer Dugong Brgy. Chairman Luding Celestial (1st from Left)
while his rival for the barangay chairmanship in the the October 28 polls his nephew Bebot Celestial Gerada (4th from left) seems to talk to someone.
Barangay chairmanship bet Leodegario Celestial. He reigned the
village as then Brgy. Captain for decades since the time of the
 Marcos Administration in the late 1960s.




The Money Factor in the Barangay Election
Let’s listen to a political conversation of a newbie candidate (NC) for the village poll and a wannabe political operator (WPO).

WPO: Ilan ang botante dito sa barangay niyo?
NC: 2,500
WPO: Kung ang boboto diyan ay 2,100 ilan na ang binigyan niyo ng tig P500?
NC: 1,100 (the bet spent 550 thousand pesos) na.
WPO: Dagdagan niyo pa ng 100 na botante para sigurado manalo kayo kasi hindi naman lahat diyan na binigyan niyo boboto sa inyo.
NC: Okay na iyon (it seems the newbie did not want to spend another P50, 000 a day before the Monday polls.

End Result: He was beaten by the incumbent village chief with more than 300 votes. The chief was said to give only P300 per voter.
 Lesson learned from another village, where a former president of the League of Barangay Chairmen and a big time private contractor ran in the same position, that if one gives P500 to each voter, he should give all to the registered voters so he could have a probable chance to win a post that gives only P12 thousand a month honorarium.
Remember: If you run for the village post and the race is tight you have to see to it you have enough funds (millions of pesos) to trounce your opponent.

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