Winners Find Strange Bedfellows

After the election, winners find themselves with strange bedfellows. For mayors and governors, it would mean three years (and for the president, six years).

How clever and pungent when the electorate choose their local executive to take the reigns of the municipality, city, or province but opt for a deputy of the other party.

Re-electionist Calabanga Mayor Evelyn Yu won in a struggle (13,993 votes vs. 13,211). Her re-electionist vice mayor Rafael Palma lost to Ruben Medroso’s team mate of Philip Dumalasa, 14,908 vs. 11,443. A clear win.

Just thinking aloud. Did voters opted to elect candidates due to popularity, performance, or otherwise. And since Yu won, shouldn’t Palma regain his post, too? If the encumbent mayor wins, shouldnt the incumbent vice mayor, a partymate also win?

A re-electionist who wins another term is a clear signal from people acknowledging good and satisfactory performance during the term. And since they belong to the same party, shouldn’t it be an easy win for the whole team?

Voters have a clever way of playing jokes. At times, it hurts.

Photos by DREAB from her polling place in Legazpi.

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