It’s the midterm elections again. In two days, we’re going to fill the classrooms, multi-purpose halls, and street basketball parks to exercise our right of suffrage. Twelve senators and a bunch of other electoral positions will be chosen to lead our nation. I don’t usually say the people who will get my vote, but in the spirit of right and wise electing, I’m gonna share to you my “Surebox 8”. Yes, my senatorial lineup is not yet complete, but here are the eight senatorial aspirants who will be in my roster.
1. Mayor Edward Hagedorn (Independent)
Not just because he’s a family friend, Puerto Princesa City Mayor Ed Hagedorn is on top of my list. He turned Puerto Princesa City from an overlooked town to “The City in the Forest”. From successfully elevating the Puerto Princesa Underground River to a World Wonder to the city’s current progress, PPC does not just solidified its status as MIMAROPA’s largest city, but it’s becoming bullish too. A man of God and of nature, TIto Ed’s a surebox bet.
2. RIchard Gordon (UNA)
He’s actually my bet in the 2010 presidential elections, and he will be my bet for this year’s senatorial elections too. The former Olongapo City mayor turned Gapo and its suburbs in the Subic Bay area to a major economic zone rising from the ashes of the US military occupation there. Also, he did a splendid job in his first term as senator and as Tourism secretary.
3. Jun Magsaysay (Liberal)
Another guy who truly deserves a seat in the Senate is Jun Magsaysay. He continued the tradition of good governance did by his father, the late Former President Ramon Magsaysay.
4. Eddie Villanueva (Bangon Pilipinas)
For me, a good government is a government which is led by God, and the government right now needs someone who will stand up for the Lord. Bro. Eddie is a good fit. He will serve as God’s voice in the Senate.
5. Gringo Honasan (UNA)
OK, I know you will find it awkward, but Gringo is in my ballot. I believe he’s now a changed man. Hats off to his son Martin and wife Barbie for continuing to be the Lord’s voice to Gringo.
6. Koko Pimentel (Liberal)
His stint in the Senate is too short because he replaced Migz Zubiri because of an electoral fraud. He is a symbol that cheating is a no-no in the elections. He deserves another crack in the Senate.
7. Ricardo Penson (Independent)
I believe Penson can bring change in Philippine sports, so that’s why I added him. Being the owner of a professional sports franchise, UFL’s Stallion, he has hands-on knowledge in managing a play-for-pay team. So I know he will also lead changes in not just soccer but the Philippine sports picture.
8. Risa Barraquiel (Liberal)
I mistakenly added her in my Overheard at UP mock election ballot and not Gringo, but I think I made a right move in not removing her. Risa Hontiveros-Barraquiel is a femme fatale. She did a tremendous job in representing the distaff sector and continues to care not just the women but everyone too.
It will be likely that I will have my 12 by Monday, but these eight will surely not be forgotten.