Sports and Politics Final Part

Manila Doctors Hospital
May 10, 2013
Sports and Politics Final Part
(Last of two parts)

A family emergency sent me straight in the emergency room of this hospital. While praying and waiting that things get back to normal, I went for the kill and finish what I started. Which happens to be about Senatorial candidates and their contribution to sports or otherwise.
And here we go….

EDWARD HAGEDORN, Independent
When he was Mayor of this beautiful place named Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Hagedorn has hosted every sport event possible–Boxing, sepak takraw, basketball, billiards, motocross, cycling, Batang Pinoy and Palarong Pambansa among others–and, THIS I’M SURE, will host more if he gets elected as Senator.
GRINGO HONASAN, UNA
He has authored this one bill seeking the Magna Carta for Athletes to be enacted into law. I haven’t heard from it after and It probably got lost somewhere in the Senate docks.
RISA HONTIVEROS, Team PNoy
Refer to Teddy Casino. But this candidate dances better than the former. Have you seen her commercial doing the cha cha with PNoy? Dancesports is a sport now, mind you.
LOREN LEGARDA, Team PNoy
She’s rumored to be No. 1 in the survey and allegedly owns a multi-million property abroad and NO contribution to sports at all? Wow.
ERNESTO MACEDA, UNA
Please refer to Arsenio Lacson, Sr. at Wikipedia.
JAMBY MADRIGAL, Team PNoy
Sigh. :). Nada. Kapish. Zero. Any more synonyms you can suggest?
MITOS MAGSAYSAY
Oh boy. It gets worse really.
RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Jr. Team PNoy
Sports-minded or not, can I say that I will vote for this GUY the same way his dad, the late president Ramon Magsaysay, Sr., was MY GUY?
KOKO PIMENTEL, Team PNoy
Like Sportsmaryosep, Senator Koko plays chess competitively and with passion. His father, Senator Nene, even goes to the tournament he joins just to see his son play. Good to hear there’s a chess-playing Senator in our midst. That’s a good start.
GRACE POE, Team PNoy
All I know is that she’s the daughter of the Philippine Movie’s Action King, the late Fernando Poe, Jr. All I know also is FPJ is my idol and he had a movie with billiards living legend Efren “Bata” Reyes. That’s the extent of Poe’s involvement to sports.
ANTONIO TRILLANES IV, Team PNoy
Trillanes was said to have played table tennis when he was still in jail. So engrossed he was with the sport that he looked for ways to contribute to it directly. He succeeded and became the president of the National Table Tennis Association. It turned out the association he was heading wasn’t recognized by… guess who? Peping Cojuangco, who happens to be the husband of another candidate, Tingting. Small world.
EDDIE VILLANUEVA, Bangon Pilipinas
All I know is that his two sons, one is TESDA director Joel, played basketball. At least, he allowed his children to play sport. Is it enough? Yes? Yes. Amen!
CYNTHIA VILLAR, Team Pinoy
Her husband, Senator Manny Villar, is a staunch supporter of the sport that sounded like his name–Billiards or bilyar in Filipino. As for her, she regularly supports inter-barangay tournaments back in her home town in Las Pinas. To put it in local parlance, Hanep ang Buhay sa Las Pinas!
JUAN MIGUEL ZUBIRI, UNA
Before he even resigned as a Senator, Zubiri has been a big proponent of arnis, an indigenous sport. Now, he has renewed his love affair with it. Perhaps he’s serious or perhaps its the elections.

P.S.
I intentionally removed Nancy Binay out of the conversation for two reasons. One–She doesn’t want to debate. Two–I would be charged with contempt if I even attempted to engage here in a debate. So I wonder. If she wins and ends up in the Senate, and there is debate on the floor, will she file a TRO to prevent people including Senators from engaging her into a discussion? That’s got to be mind-boggling!

So that’s it. Just what I’ve said, being sports-minded isn’t really a requirement as long as one contributes to the greater good. But hey, it would have been nice if the candidates have sports background.
Now the question: To vote or not to vote?
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