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MON TULFO

CONSIDERED today as one of the pillars of Philippine journalism, Mr. Ramon Tulfo, Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist, has lived up to the expectation as the voice of the oppressed and the downtrodden.

Mon, as he is fondly called by friends and associates, has taken up the cudgels for the powerless, acting as the voice of the poor through his columns and radio program.

Hard-hitting without fear of the consequences for as long as he speaks out the truth, exposing the evils of oppression, Mon has many admirers because of his courage and his crusade against abusive government officials, as well as private individuals.

His colorful journalism career has earned him the respect of his peers and thousands of readers whose day will never be complete without reading his column.

Mon Tulfo, may your tribe increase.

CAN RECOUNT OVERTURN

SLIM VICTORY OF MAYOR MAR?

THE elections may be over but tension remains in Maasin, Iloilo.

Supporters of defeated mayoralty candidate Elven Malaga are restive. They cannot accept his defeat. Re-electionist Mayor Mariano Malones won by a very slim margin of only five votes.

If only Mayor Mar won by a convincing number of votes, Malaga and his camp will most likely not contest the victory. But alas, this is not so.

And so, Malaga is protesting. He feels confident that, in a manual recount of the votes, he could emerge victorious.

Who knows, the Precinct Count Optical Scan machine may not have counted all the votes in his favor.

Is this possible?

Say mo, Direk Rene?

EX-CALINOG MAYOR SEEKS RECOUNT, TOO

MAYOR Alex Centena of Calinog, Iloilo, is in a predicament similar to Mayor Mariano Malones’. However, his winning margin of votes over his opponent is a lot bigger.

Mayor Alex won by a margin of 113 votes over challenger, former mayor Salvador “Badong” Divinagracia.

But Badong believes a manual recount will give him more votes.

Mayor Alex, however, is confident of prevailing in the long run.

He believes in the integrity of the Precinct Count Optical Scan machines. He says they cannot be dictated to favor certain candidates.

Don’t you agree, Jessie?

Inday Elizabeth “dies-dies” laughing!

NONG NIEL: NEVER SAY DIE

ALL the Liberal Party candidates for congressman in Iloilo province won except one — former governor Nong Niel in the 4th District. He lost to congressman-elect Hernan “Jun” Biron Jr.

Nong Niel, however, is not conceding. He believes he is a victim of election fraud, specifically vote-buying.

This is the second time for Nong Niel to lose in the 4th District. In 2010, he lost to Cong. Ferjenel Biron — by a margin of 50,000 votes.

If it’s any consolation, Nong Niel managed to perform well this time. He was able to narrow the gap. He lost to Biron’s younger brother by 3,517 votes. But he believes an election protest can overturn this.

Nong Niel is a political survivor. But frankly, it would be quite difficult for him to overcome 3,517 votes. Where will he get those?

Do you have any idea, Rolex?

Obet “dies-dies” laughing!

HOPE FOR INDAY HOPE HERVILLA

THE Commission on Elections has proclaimed, with one guaranteed seat, 14 party-list groups for having garnered so far two percent of the total votes cast for party-list.

One of those proclaimed yesterday was Bayan Muna, which have two Ilonggos in its list of three nominees — Neri Colmenares of Negros Occidental and Inday Hope Hervilla of Iloilo.

If the party-list canvassing will show that Bayan Muna has garnered many more votes, Inday Hope will have the chance to sit in the Lower House, too.

We hope she does. It would be the pride of the Ilonggos to have more of their kind in Congress.

And Inday Hope is a ballsy and principled lady who has proven herself to be the voice of the downtrodden and the oppressed in all the years of her work as an activist.

Good luck to you, Inday Hope.

GREETINGS

WE would like to greet more avid readers of this column. Their day is not complete without reading Lapsus:

Carlos Guarin, president of the Association of Barangay Captains in Iloilo City; Ilawod Estates Philippines Inc. founder Teodorico Zaragoza; Iloilo City Engineer Bobby Divinagracia; Iloilo City Election Registrar Jomar Betita; Negros Occidental Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado; Margie Gadian of the Philippine Information Agency–Antique; and Paul Eclar of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 6–Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth.

Please accept our high esteem and best wishes.