THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS (As told by political figures)

Harry Roque: So ‘yun na nga ang nangyari, kahit alam ni Jose na kabuwanan na ni Maria, bumiyahe pa rin sila papuntang Betlehem. Mga pasaway!

HERE is the Nativity story as narrated by political personalities.

Tito Sotto: Mahigit 2000 years na ang nakararaan, sa bayan ng Nazareth, may isang babaeng na-ano lang.

Cynthia Villar: Ang pangalan niya ay Maria at siya ay may asawa – si Jose na isa lang karpintero.

Manny Pacquiao: Nang malamang buntis si Maria at hindi siya ang ama, gusto sana siyang i-divorce ni Jose. Pero bawal ‘yun sa Bible. Kasalanan kay Lord ang divorce. Matthew 19:6: Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.

Alan Peter Cayetano: Noong time na ‘yun, ipinag-utos ng emperor ang census sa Roman Empire. Taga-Betlehem si Jose kaya dapat doon siya magpalista. Sa First District si Maria  ‘tapos sa Second District si Jose. Pwede ‘yon.

Harry Roque: So ‘yun na nga ang nangyari, kahit alam ni Jose na kabuwanan na ni Maria, bumiyahe pa rin sila papuntang Betlehem. Mga pasaway! Matitigas ang ulo! ‘Tapos ‘pag may nangyari, sisisihin n’yo ang gobyerno.

MMDA’s Celine Pialago: Mahaba-haba rin ang nilakbay ng dalawa. Pagod na pagod ang mag-asawa lalo na si Maria. Pagdating sa Betlehem, she passed away.

Risa Hontiveros: She actually passed out* – dahil nag-labor na nga siya. Walang matuluyan ang mag-asawa kaya inabot ng panganganak si Maria sa isang kuwadra. Kung may RH Law lang sana nang time na ‘yon, baka naisugod pa sa mas maayos na ospital si Maria.

Bato de la Rosa: Samantala, kahit gabing-gabi na, nasa labas pa rin ang mga pastol. Mga adik! 

PNP Chief Debold Sinas: Maya-maya, biglang nagpakita ang mga anghel at sinabi sa kanila ang magandang balita. Isinilang na si Hesus, our Savior. Natuwa ang mga pastol. Sila ay nag-inuman, nagsayawan at nag-videoke. In short, nag-party! 

Imelda Marcos: Samantala, sa tulong ng liwanag ng tala ay naglakbay mula Silangan ang tatlong pantas. Nag-alay sila kay Hesus ng damit, kamanyang, at mira.

Vice President Leni Robredo: Correction lang po, ‘ginto’ po at hindi ‘damit’ ang isa sa mga alay ng tatlong pantas. Saan po kaya napunta ang ginto? Ninakaw na naman po ba?

Ka-DDS: ‘Buti pa ang mga pantas, may regalo. ‘Yung mga pastol na dumalaw, ano bang ambag n’yo?

Netizens: Habang ang buong mundo ay nagsasaya sa pagsilang ni Hesus, wala pa ring reaksyon si Herodes. Tulog pa pala ito. #NasaanSiHerodes 

Rodrigo Duterte: Nang magising, nakarating kay Herodes ang balita tungkol sa kapanganakan ni Hesus. Hindi niya ito ikinatuwa. Pakiramdam niya, makikipag-kompetensya sa kanya si Hesus. Gusto lang nitong magpasikat. Kaya’t inutusan niya ang kanyang mga tauhan na patayin lahat nang batang lalaki dalawang taon pababa. Sabi ni Herodes, “’Pag nanlaban, shoot them dead. ‘Wag n’yong intindihin ‘yang human rights. Ako ang bahala sa inyo.”

Trillanes: Pero nabigyan pala ng babala ng isang anghel si Jose. Itinakas nito ang kanyang mag-ina papuntang Ehipto kung saan sila nag-file ng reklamo sa International Criminal Court laban sa brutal na hari.

Postscript: ‘Di nagtagal, namatay si Herodes. Binalak ni Jose na bumalik sa Betlehem kasama ang pamilya. Pero ‘di rin ito natuloy dahil nabalitaan niyang anak pala ni Herodes ang pumalit sa kanya. Sa gitna ng patuloy na banta at panganib, nagpasya na lang silang manirahan sa Galilee.

Where they lived happily and peacefully until… ma-EJK ang aktibistang si Hesus sa edad na 33.

The End.

ALARMING, SUSPICIOUS TREND

Marcos loyalists and BBM supporters have been posting and sharing images that question the quick count for vice president.

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THE PEOPLE have spoken. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will be our next president. He leads his rivals by a wide margin according to PPCRV’s quick count. Let’s respect the will of the people and allow the new president to effect change in our country and on the behavior of his most rabid supporters, hopefully.

Congratulations to some of the people behind the successful election campaign of Mayor Duterte: Carlos Dominguez, Peter Laviña, Butch Ramirez, and online political strategist, Mocha Uson.

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The VP Race
When the quick count for vice president showed that Cong. Leni Robredo has overtaken Sen. Bongbong Marcos, the Marcos camp accused Robredo and the administration of cheating. They haven’t shown any proof of cheating but they sounded so sure because, you know, they’re experts on the subject.

The PPCRV says there’s no reason to terminate their election quick count. Earlier, Bongbong Marcos called for a stop to the quick count citing an “alarming and suspicious trend.” This “alarming and suspicious trend” was later identified as ‘bitterness.’

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Alarming
On Twitter, City University London student Sandro Marcos, son of Bongbong Marcos accused the administration of cheating because the total number of votes for president and vice president were not identical. Apparently, for the young Marcos, the tally for both president and vice president must match. Political observers describe Sandro as young, brave, and a complete waste of our taxes.

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Alarming, Too
Marcos loyalists and supporters have been posting and sharing images that questioned the tally for vice president. They computed the difference between the votes for president and vice president and concluded that those votes were “missing.” Experts call this mindset the ‘Sandro Marcos Syndrome.’

Mistake
In Laoag City, Bureau of Election Inspectors said Sandro Ferdinand Marcos, son of vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos committed a mistake when he voted for two candidates for president. This voting error and that tweet reflect an “alarming trend.”

Last Monday, Sandro Ferdinand Marcos made a mistake when he voted for two presidents. To be fair, that was nothing compared to the mistake committed by Filipinos when they voted for his father to be the country’s vice president.

According to an Inquirer report, when Sandro Marcos was asked by the media about the “mistake,” the City University London student DENIED that he encountered problems with his ballot. And Bongbong Marcos was like, “Anak nga kita.”

Roxas, Poe Concede
After conceding to Mayor Duterte, the first thing that Mar Roxas did Tuesday afternoon was to eat a hamburger in a burger joint along Katipunan Avenue. In a press conference the night before, Sen. Grace Poe also conceded. The first thing that she did after conceding was to stand up and leave her chair.

Confident
After voting on Monday morning, Vice President Binay announced that he has drafted his victory speech. Binay is confident he will emerge victorious… against Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

After voting in San Antonio High School in Makati City, Vice President Binay, who has not tasted defeat in an election, said he would remain undefeated after Monday’s polls. In Makati.

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30 Years and Counting
Abby Binay has won as mayor of Makati. She is the fourth member of the Binay family to hold that position since 1986 after her father, her mother, and her brother, Junjun. To be fair, siblings Nancy, Junjun and Abby Binay are willing to let others occupy the highest post in the city. But their children are still too young for that.

Close
The race for vice president between Sen. Bongbong Marcos and Cong. Leni Robredo is neck-and-neck. Meanwhile, the battle for the No. 1 position in the senatorial race between Joel Villanueva and Sen. Frank Drilon is also neck-and- , I mean, tight.

Pacquiao
Pacquiao started at No. 9 in the PPCRV quick count. He’s now at No. 7. Talk about an alarming trend.

More than 15 million Filipinos voted for Manny Pacquiao, the Lower House’s top absentee, to become senator. Who among you, dear readers, voted for him? Please raise your right hand. Then slap yourself.

Winning, Finally
Women’s rights advocate Risa Hontiveros is currently in 8th place in the race for senator. This is her third attempt. To prepare for this, she consulted her family, some women’s groups, and Pia Wurtzbach.
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“You can never achieve greatness until you can leave bitterness behind.”
~Debasish Mridha

Sound Bites
“Let me tell you: this is not a time for tears. For our country, we have had a peaceful successful transfer of power. It’s not about me. It’s not about anyone. It’s about how we love our country and how we’ll do all that we can can for her. She’s the only one.”
~Sec. Mar Roxas

“Kagabi, inihanda ko na ang victory speech namin dahil sa palagay ko, tulad ng nakita ninyo, na mga kasama kong nag-ikot ikot ay talagang mananalo tayo.”
~Vice President Binay

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[Photos: Duterte: Asia Pacific.anu.edu.au; BBM: Philippine Star, Sandro Marcos on Twitter; BBM Supporters; Abby Binay: Inquirer.net]