Stars lack luster in elections
After a close fight, Aga Muhlach lost his first bid in politics to William “Wimpy” Fuentabella, son of the incumbent Congressman Arnulfo “Noli” Fuentabella. Fuentabella garnered 82,834 votes against Muhlach’s 80,629 to win the congressional seat in the fourth district of Camarines Sur.
Other movie personalities weren’t as lucky as well. Richard Gomez lost his mayoralty bid in Ormoc City. In 2010, he also ran for Congress in the second district of Leyte but was disqualified due to residency requirements. Christopher de Leon also lost his congressional bid in the second district of Batangas. He finished third Raneo Abu who won the seat with 80,723 votes, and Godofredo Berberabe with 78,924 votes. De Leon served as board governor of the second district of Batangas, prior to running as Congressman.
Joey Marquez also failed in his comeback when he lost in his bid for Congressman in the second district of Parañaque. Incumbent Vice Mayor Gus Tambunting was officially proclaimed by the local board of canvassers as the winning congressman for the district at the Parañaque Sports Complex.
Talent manager Annabelle Rama, meanwhile, conceded to her opponent Raul del Mar. Rama ran for Congresswoman of Cebu North District but lost after garnering only 35,842 votes, compared to del Mar’s 134,180.
Stars who shine
A few celebrities were successful in their political campaigns. Jinkee and Manny Pacquiao were proclaimed as Vice Governor and Congressman of Sarangani Province, respectively. Manny ran unopposed and gained 149,135. On the other hand, Jinkee won via landslide against her opponents Eleonor Saguiguit and Jose Lorde Villamor. Jinkee got 137,910 votes while Saguiguit and Villamor only garnered 29,090 and 5,418 votes, respectively.
Vilma Santos proved that she’s Batangas’ Governor for all seasons. It was a landslide victory for Santos with 661,395 votes, against her rivals Marcos Mandanas Sr. with 41,796 votes and Pradexes Bustamante with 4,292 votes. It is her third term as Governor.
Meanwhile, Lucy Torres-Gomez won as Congresswoman in the fourth district of Leyte. In 2010, she took the place of husband Richard Gomez when he was disqualified. She eventually won the election, but was disqualified by the Supreme Court just a few months before the May elections.
Other winners are actor Anjo Yllana who won as councilor in the fifth district of Quezon City, and actress Alma Moreno won as councilor in the second district of Parañaque.