May 23, 2010 Leave a comment
HIstory is taking a sharp turn this year.
Noynoy Aquino (LP) is poised to win the presidency and is just awaiting the proclamation of Congress. His margin is wide, but it’s still ain’t as wide as the margin of Joseph Estrada. Jejomar Binay, considered a dark horse in the vice presidential race, is also poised to bag the Vice Presidency. MAR Roxas, who trailed all the Vice Presidential candidates since the beginning of the political season, made history as well as the first person who topped the survey to the very end, but never won.
But Noy-Bi’s victory was not the only historical part of the 2010 electoral season. Our new Congress will now blend in perhaps the most diverse membership it ever had, and will ever have. Former First Lady Imelda C. Marcos (Ilocos Norte-2nd, KBL) will be serving in the House while her son, Senator-elect Bongbong Marcos (NP-KBL), will be serving in the Senate. Two Marcoses will serve under an Aquino administration.
Our outgoing President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Pampanga 2nd-LKS-KAM) will also serve in the House of Representatives; the first time a chief executive sought for a lower post after the presidency. She will serve with her two sons, namely: Cong. Dato Arroyo (Camarines Sur-2nd, LKS-KAM) and Cong. Mikey Arroyo (current Pampanga-2nd, LKS-KAM, apparent PL-AGP); and her brother-in-law Cong. Iggy Arroyo (Negros Occidental-5th, LKS-KAM). We also await if Congw. Lourdes Arroyo (PL-KASANGGA) will reoccupy her seat if her partylist wins. The Arroyos will have the largest family delegation in Congress, with 5 family members serving in the House of Representatives in one term. The Arroyos will serve under an Aquino not so friendly to them. Noynoy ran under the opposition ticket in his bid for the Senate and has been a vocal oppositionist.
Senator Manny Villar, who lost his presidential bid to Aquino, is now in the process of securing the presidency of the Senate, and is the potential Senate President under the Aquino administration. Senator Villar’s son, Mark, will now take over the seat his mother will leave in the House and will become the gentleman from Las Piñas (Las Pinas-Lone, NP). But Manny Villar’s climb to the next best presidency isn’t without opposition. With Enrile getting re-elected and is decided to hold his ground, the Senate presidency bid is a must watch for political buffs.
But what’s more exciting is if Congresswoman-elect GMA will vie for the Speakership of the House of Representatives. She will go against a former ally and a new Liberal convert, Congressman-elect Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, Jr. (Quezon City-4th, LP). Belmonte, like PGMA, is no neophyte in the legislature. Before his stint as Quezon City mayor, he was a three-term congressman and Speaker of the House.
The future is uncertain, always. But hope remains. Let us hope that history’s sharp curve will lead to a straight, peaceful freeway ahead.