Scene: Congratulations to AJ Wincielou Johanna “Cielo” Araoarao Gabin of Barangay Cogon, Tagbilaran City, Bohol who is 5th placer nationwide in the August 12, 2018 Civil Service Commission Career Service Exam Pencil and Paper Test with a rating of 91.66. It may be recalled that in the March 18, 2018 CSC CSE Sub-Prof Exam, she landed in the Top 6 with a rating of 88.02. She is the daughter of Engr. Jerome John and Fiel Angeli E. Araoarao – Gabin.
Three colorful characters filed their intentions to run for the May 2019 midterm polls. But I was able to catch only two perennial filers– Santos Amaga Abella and Amay Bisaya- who filed their certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Elections provincial office in Tagbilaran.
These two gubernatorial aspirants added color to the festive atmosphere at the Comelec office.
Santos Amaga Abella has set aside his senatorial ambition for a seat in the Provincial Board because he didn’t have the enough money to go to Manila.
But he vowed that he would still be as hardworking if elected into office.
Clad in a Barong Tagalog and black pants, Abella, 56, a farmer from Dagohoy town, filed his certificate of candidacy on Tuesday afternoon at the provincial Comelec office.
He said he wanted to run for senator but he didn’t have enough financial resources to go to Manila and file his COC.
“I should run for senator but since I don’t have money to fly to Manila I ran for board member instead,” said Abella.
But he said his dream to be a senator could wait.
Abella said he ran for the same position in 2016 polls but received only 10,000 votes.
This time, he added, he planned to change his strategy that involved seeking the help of village chiefs.
If someone would help his candidacy, he loved to include Facebook in his campaign to increase his chance of winning.
“Sama na yan sinong magbibigay ng tustus na tulong sa akin isama na ang Facebook sa service
para naman makikita ko sila, sayang naman gandang lalaki pa natin,” he said.
But, he admitted, he had no social media account.
Asked what would be his edge over the other candidates, he replied: “Ang aking kabaitan at ganda kong lalaki (My being a good person and a good-looking man).”
He admitted he would not like to ride a habal-habal (motorcycle for rent) to campaign in the remote areas because he didn’t want the voters to look down at him. He also said he would use “kumpit” (a fast sailboat) to campaign in island barangays.
According to Abella is also a singer.
To showcase his singing prowess, he started singing an unpopular Visayan ballad which amused everyone inside the Comelec office.
“Gisimba, gialagaran sa kanunay ang imong kabuotan niining dughan…. kay ikaw…”
And another song, “Fresh release me let me go….”
When comedian Roberto Gloria Reyes, popularly known as “Amay Bisaya,” entered the office to file his candidacy, he tickled our fancies and our funny bones.
He wants to be the third wheel in the battle between two political giants.
Reyes, 60, and a native of Tubigon town, filed his certificate of candidacy for governor at the Commission on Election provincial office on Wednesday.
His two opponents are no-joke: Rep. Arthur Yap of Bohol’s 3rd district and resigned Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. who are both allies of President Duterte.
Reyes said he can run the province.
“I am running because it is time that Bohol will have a new governor. I am well-known,” he said.
He admitted that he ran twice for governor, for senator and vice president but had not won at least once.
“I am more qualified (to be the next governor). You cannot be an actor if you’re crazy,” he said.
Reyes was confident that he would be able to beat Evasco and Yap.
“I was not even scared when I ran as vice president of [former first lady) Imelda Marcos against GMA (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo). Long live Bohol. We should continue providing economic development and peace especially to the poor like me,” he said.
To beef up his campaign sorties, Reyes said he would invite some of his showbiz friends and politicians who were his close friends.
In 2013, Reyes ran for Bohol governor in 2013 but lost to incumbent Gov. Edgar Chatto.
Reyes was known for his sidekick roles in movies like “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story,” “Ang Panday 2” and “Sigaw ng Katarungan.”
While waiting for the acceptance of his documents, Reyes showed his karate techniques. Front kick. Side kick.
And we were carried away…
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