Ate Vi overwhelmed by Batangueños’ faith in her


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Vilma Santos does it again! Her victory in the elections comes as no surprise. Ate Vi’s track record speaks for itself.

Her grand slam winning streak is not confined to acting awards après tout.

Here is what the Governor for all Seasons says after winning the third time around:

“Sobra ang taos-puso kong pasasalamat sa Batangueños. Binigyan nila ng totoong kahulugan ang buhay ko sa realidad para pagkatiwalaan na maging unang babaeng mayor at unang babaeng governor. Again, never in my wildest dreams! ’Pag natapos ko itong third term, 18 years na pala akong pinagkakatiwalaan ng Batangas at 18 years na rin pala akong public servant. My God!

“Sobrang meaningful para sa akin  ang boto na ibinigay nila nitong huling eleksyon. I don’t want to promise heaven and earth to them. Ang sigurado lang, habang ako ang governor o ina ng lalawigan, I will make sure na ang para sa tao ay dapat mapunta at pakinabangan ng tao.

“[I] will enhance and improve our HEARTS  Program (Health, Education and Environment, Agriculture, Roads and Infrastructure, Tourism and Technology, and Security and Social Services).

“What we are doing now is putting some innovation and interventions  sa mga programa para mas angkop sa computer age para mas maging epektibo ang serbisyo. We will adhere to our motto: Common Vision, Common Values, Shared Responsibilities.

“I am so lucky to have competent people … in the capitol. Teamwork is the magic word and I have that in the capitol. My sincerest thanks to all of them.

“Most importantly, I’m so blessed to have a very good mentor, my husband Ralph. I am overwhelmed with the congratulatory messages from my colleagues in politics and also [in] show biz. All my efforts and sacrifices to serve Batangas did not go to waste.”


No regrets

My heart goes out to my friend from way back, Aga Muhlach. It certainly looks like dirty tricks robbed him of his victory in CamSur (Camarines Sur). There’s public clamor in the province for change, which Aga is more than willing to help them achieve.

Too bad, his opponents didn’t play fair. It seems they don’t know how to follow rules or, in their turf, they make their own rules.

Aga’s dad, (Tito) Cheng, feels sad for his son. “Nakakalungkot kasi yung trend panalo na siya,” he laments.  “In fact, dami na nga congratulating Aga, then sa homestretch may mga hiwaga na nangyari. I consoled Aga and told him to get back in shape and shoot movies and resume taping for his TV show.

“We will accept defeat if we know na talo talaga. But we are not blind. Binantayan namin ang bilangan, but kontrolado ng kalaban ang sistema since they’ve been in power for ages.

“Maybe we should have listened to the advice of a top-ranking politico na ’di talaga bibitiw sa pwesto ang kalaban so dapat ’di na  tumakbo si Aga. But no regrets. Sobrang tuwa ni Aga na maraming tumulong sa kanya pati mga taong ’di niya inakalang tutulong.”

Aga was dead set on helping his fellow Bicolanos so he jumped right in against all odds. His sincere desire to improve the living conditions of the people in his hometown made him overlook the power play that had been going on for too long already.

A nightmare

It’s not usual for Ai-Ai de las Alas to cry unabashedly on national television. But the comedienne could not help it. Her fairy-tale romance with Jed Salang turned out to be a nightmare.

It only goes to show that we cannot change the people we love. We can only unmask them.

In her tearful interview with Tito Boy Abunda in “The Buzz,” she said she could no longer cope with their violent fights.

Many love stories ago, I remember Ai-Ai and I would tease each other about our penchant for younger men. She said in jest, “They are good for our complexion but bad for our wallet.” We both giggled like naughty high school girls.

Watching Ai-Ai weep like crazy on TV made me want to hug her. Name it, she has done it for love. L’amour  owes her a better fate because she has always given it her all.

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  • dennis_genio

    Mahal ng mga Batanguenyo ang taong tapat magmahal at maglingkod sa lalawigan ng Batangas!

  • GorgeousB

    Kudos to Ate Vi, sana dumami pa ang lahi mo.

  • Cool_Sniper

    Ate Vi, paki include sa HEARTS program mo ang Barangay Bilogo. Ang kapal ng lamok dun, kahit sa umaga. Katabi mo na ang katol, makakagat ka pa din ng lamok. Salamat po.

  • Noel

    Is she not also overwhelmed by gambling lords’ faith in her in Batangas? Jueteng continues to be rampant in her province.

    • springbok

      Noel, jueteng is endemic in Luzon as it gives hope to the poor for something out of a .50cent bet. Everything was thrown against it by the government, including kitchen sink and toilet bowls, but it continues to flourish because the poor love the game.

      • Noel

        Agree. It’s in existence since time immemorial. That’s why we could not totally blame Erap for being involved in jueteng when he thought of legalizing it. He was charged of jueteng and yet it’s still going on these days.

  • springbok

    Aga lost the election with only stardom as his credentials – no previous experience in the government.

    Gov. Vi has won consistently for 18 continuous years due to exemplary, faithful and effective delivery of essential services to the people she has sworn to serve.

    Many political analysts believe Gov. Vi, because of her immense popularity surpassing FPJ & erap when both ran for president, plus her proven 18 years of effective governance, is hands down to beat billionaire kuno binay in the 2016 prexy derby.

    Think about it – President Ate Vi.

    • Noel

      Ate Vi entered politics due to her popularity as a star. The only difference between her and other stars is that she works hard. She was also the reason why Recto became senator.

  • ako_to

    Whats the difference between Aga Muchlach now running for gov position and Ate Vi then running first time running for gov? None. Both simply had the will to serve sincerely. Too bad Aga didn’t get that chance.

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