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How Our Gimmicky Politicians Fared In The 2016 Elections

Unfortunately, Alma's 'Loveliness' throwback didn't generate enough votes
by Mark Coles | May 12, 2016
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Weeks before the 2016 national elections, we came up with a one-of-a-kind election coverage series called Things Politicos Do For Votes, which put the spotlight on the unnecessary absurdities local politicians shamelessly employ during campaign period.

With 95.73% of the election returns already accounted for as of 10:45 a.m., let's check up on our lucky featured political aspirants and see how they fared in the polls.

Abby Binay

Running for the position of Mayor of Makati City, the daughter of Vice-President Jejomar Binay and a scion of one of the most powerful families in the country was actually the inspiration for this series. She caught our attention after busting out some seriously awkward moves in front of her supporters during her proclamation rally.

Dancing seemed to work as the younger Binay reclaimed Makati with 160,320 votes so far. Her husband Luis Campos also won the city's second legislative district seat, the post Abby is set to vacate.

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Grace Poe

Our second entrant was the presidential candidate, who coaxed her son Brian into making her Cebu sortie his dance floor.

The former CNN Philippines anchor's groove, however, wasn't enough to win her mother the presidency, as she only has 8,917,266 votes, good enough for third place behind Mar Roxas and apparent winner Rodrigo Duterte. On Monday, Poe conceded to the maverick mayor and called for unity after the elections.

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ER Ejercito

The action movie star-turned-governor continued the trend of prancing political aspirants, wowing the crowd with his version of the Nae Nae.

Despite looking more spry than his backup dancers, Asiong Salonga failed to snag Laguna's gubernatorial seat with just 232,927 votes. He lags behind his son Jorge Antonio and the re-elected incumbent Governor Ramil Hernandez.

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Alma Moreno

Another celebrity candidate, Alma turned back the clock and reminded everyone that she still has some "Loveliness" left in her during an UNA Sarangani sortie.

A throwback proved to be futile, as she wasn't able to crack the senatorial race's Top 12, only getting 2,360,563 votes currently good for 24th place.

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Roman Romulo

Mr. R's TV spot—where he explained one of his authored bills, the Iskolar ng Bayan Act, in hilarious fashion—was a rare bright spot in our head-scratching election series.

Unfortunately, the funny ad didn't propel Romulo into the Top 12 and has managed 4,706,675 votes so far, 22nd among 50 senatorial hopefuls.


Catherine Barcelona-Reyes

Our last entrant in our election series was Barcelona-Reyes, who went to the lowest of the low by airing gubernatorial rival Edgardo Tallado's sex scandal in a public market in Labo, Camarines Norte.

Sadly, the plan backfired on her, as she is currently behind Tallado with 106,103 votes, as compared to her rival's 111,318.


Aside from those we featured in our Things Politicos Do For Votes series, here's an update on the other candidates whom we were unable highlight, but whose antics still made noise in social media.

Ernesto 'Titing' Tumulak

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The name-recall notwithstanding, Sir Titing's push to secure for himself a seat in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu's 10-man city council proved inadequate in the end as he only garnered 33,195 votes, good enough for 14th place. If he does try again three years from now, maybe borrowing a trick or two from the campaign ran by the eloquent Richard "Dick" Gordon for his winning senatorial bid could help. How about this for a slogan, good sir: "Ipasok/Itulak si Titing sa Konseho 2019"?

Eric Franco Habijan

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The gay candidate who used the headturner of a slogan "Bata. Bago. Bakla" failed to get a council seat in Marikina's second district, which only has eight members. Habijan landed in 12th place with 28,692 votes.

Ferdie Marco

Marco made headlines in March by promising to give away free McMuffins on March 14—McDonald's National Breakfast Day. McDonald's then released a statement saying their event was not sponsored by any individual.

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The failed stunt might have affected Marco's standing in the elections, as he is currently lagging behind eight other candidates in the race for a Marikina first district council seat with just 30,731 votes.

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