Positive effect of Annabelle Rama’s losing bid on her family


RICHARD Gutierrez says their family became closer.

Actor Richard Gutierrez said campaigning for his mom, Annabelle Rama, who lost her bid to be the representative of Cebu City’s first district in the recent elections, brought their family closer.

“Everyone in the family got involved in the campaign. Its outcome was actually very positive for us (Rama lost to Raul del Mar). There were times before when we hardly saw each other because of work, but we really made time during the campaign,” Gutierrez told the Inquirer during the press conference for his action-drama series “Love and Lies” on GMA 7.

Gutierrez was happy that his family also got to interact with their  relatives in Cebu, his mother’s home province. “We were given the time to sit down and talk with the other Ramas, to actually have fun with them. We experienced the campaign together. We also got to be with the people of Cebu,” he said.

Gutierrez added that the family was happy that incumbent Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, his uncle, was reelected.

In a message that Gutierrez’s mother posted on her Twitter account the day after the elections, she promised to continue helping the Cebuanos. “It’s not the end of my political career… I shall return. This does not signal the end of my support to Cebuanos. Serbisyo dili negosyo (service not business).”

Rama congratulated her opponent and asked him to “use your pork barrel wisely.” She also asked him to take care of poor Cebuanos, especially in the northern district.

Gutierrez said his mom seemed to be handling defeat quite well. “She’s doing good. Before the elections, she told us that she was ready for whatever outcome,” he said. “Politics is really a different game. We know we had a good, clean and strong campaign. It surprised us that even though her opponent wasn’t as visible, he still won. I think that, at times, it’s really about the money.”

However, Gutierrez said his mom felt it was useless to file a protest over the election results. “This will only give her more problems. Many electoral protests never got resolved,” he pointed out. “We did our best. It’s just that the result wasn’t what we wanted.”

He added, “Besides, my mom has a lot of work waiting for her here in Manila. We’re also planning a family trip. All of us will be taking a break. We’re just waiting for my dad’s (Eddie) soap series to end before we schedule the trip.” Gutierrez had finished his last sequences for “Love and Lies.”

In the coming episodes of the series, expect Gutierrez’s character Edward to discover more about what happened to his wife Cathy (Michelle Madrigal), whom he had rescued from kidnappers.

The series also features Bela Padilla, Sid Lucero, Paolo Contis, Lloyd Samartino and Lara Melissa de Leon, among others. It will air its final episode on May 31.


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  • w4d

    Hypocrisy at its best. “Handling defeat quite well” but was contemplating on filing a protest?

    ‘Yun naman pala eh, “lots of work waiting in Manila.” She would have been a congresswoman na titira sa Maynila after being elected and just collect her pay check and her “use it wisely” (kuno) PDAF.

    One last thing, it’s not because of “money,” Cebu voters are smarter and more informed that you think.

  • ernievictory

    one good hing abt annabelle’s loss is SHE WON’T BE A CONGRESSWOMAN . that’s very very good for the country !

  • rjgc

    Anabelle Rama’s defeat benefits not just her family but the whole Filipino nation. Congratulations.

  • Josh Uriarte

    Yes, Filipinos are really better when we don’t elect into office a “palengkera” manager, celebrity, and a stage-mother like annabelle rama… this is a blessing indeed!

  • gatdila

    Rama’s lost is indeed a big positive – great win for the more smart Cebu voters. They rejected, in a big way, a character notorious for slanderous and sleazy jaw dropping scandals. Rama’s probable objective was of malfeasance of the pork and remotely public service.

    Cebu is a bright spot providing the hope for a better Philippines. But there is a long way to go. So many dark spots such as Manila who voted a convicted plunderer for mayor. And Pampanga who again voted Arroyo, a cheat and plunderer, as congressman. Also, we now have a vice president and his family whose enterprise is election as means to grand scale public thievery.

    Gising na at magbago Pilipinas!

    • spider69

      Nadale mo,,,,,,,,kaya kapag may nagreklamo na sila ay nagugutom at walang pag-asenso,,,,,,dapat siguro ay dagukan mo para magising.

    • phthlateous

      //”…a character notorious for slanderous and sleazy jaw dropping scandals.”//

      unfortunately, most people with shady characters are the same ones who also have the thick skin and insatiable ambition to run for public office.

      it almost comes hand-in-hand.

  • hustlergalore

    annabelle rama should have used her old breast photo as part of her campaign. LOL

  • KulangotzMo

    KUDOS to Cebu electorates for being smart in picking the right candidate.

  • William Dave

    rama doesn’t stand a chance with the Del Mars. try being a barangay councilor first. maybe, become a president of the homeowners association and work your way up. better yet, be a Binay and go for gold!!

  • boybakal

    Annabel Rama’s lost in last election gave the family Positive Effect.
    That is good….Positive in losing but once they check their bank account…it is Negative.
    Kayod ulit.

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