Result of the results
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 11:48

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BY BOB JALDON

San Jose, CA. — What did yesterday’s barangay elections’ results mean to Zamboanga? Did the incumbents win? Were there exciting “encuentros” like the ones in Santa Maria and Tetuan?

If you’re running for public office next year, you should take interest as to who won yesterday. While non-partisan as the Election Code mandates, the elections determined who controls the majority, if not all, of the 98 barangays, including the four rich zones, as next year’s polls draw nearer by each passing day.

Certainly, money flowed like pink champagne a day before the elections from all corners — blue, yellow, red, technicolor, checkered. The dialectics is that politicians, whether holding local or national elective positions, must have control of the countryside — the barangay folks, the “masa” — in order to have a respectable showing in the polls next year.

Zamboanga used to be a Yellow City until two years ago. But colors change depending on who’s the president. It has always been that way. We went for Diosdado Macapagal against Garcia, until Marcos dislodged Macapagal and ruled for 20 years. We tilted towards Cory Aquino in the presidential snap election, athough it wasn’t the election that catapulted her to power but the EDSA revolt. In an election marred with betrayal, Fidel V. Ramos was elected to the presidency by plurality. Then, we sided with ERAP against Speaker Jose de Venecia. Our victory was temporary as ERAP was ousted. GMA was ours, too, until we sided with Fernando Poe, Jr. Heavily divided, PNoy defeated Manny Villar. It’s unclear who we supported in 2016 — El Presidente or Mar Roxas. But the results of the elections gave the checkered party a distinctive edge.

Zamboanga is high on the list of targeted cities, although it isn’t a swing city. Only about 70% of registered voters cast their ballots in elections. At most, a favored candidate can muster about 120,000 votes.

Whoever has the numbers in the barangay level clearly will the edge in 2019. Between now and October (unless Comelec changes the date for the filing of certificates of candidacy) we will know the “color” of Zamboanga.

The question of the day is: How much do you think did the sitting elected officials, high or low, spend for the barangay candidates in yesterday’s polling?

Hey, do you recall this electronics maker, ZTE, a Chinese company that was supposed to be contracted by our government to take care of our broadband services? Well, get a load of this. The New York Times reported that ZTE had ceased major operating activities after the Trump administration banned the company from using components made in the United States.

“With the manufacturing halted at the ZTE plant in Shenzhen, factory workers have been getting called in for training sessions every other day or so, a snooze, they say, “ NYT reported.

The report continued: “One of China’s most internationally successful technology suppliers, with about $17 billion in annual revenue, ZTE is facing a death sentence. The Commerce Department has blocked its access to American-made components until 2025, saying the company failed to punish employees who violated trade controls against Iran and North Korea.”

The report added that microchips power ZTE’s wireless stations. American optical components go into its optical fiber networks. Google’s Android operating system runs its smartphones.

And, lastly, my deepest condolences to the family of Teresita “Tita” Corteza who passed away last week. One of the most celebrated society writers that we’ve had, Tita won accolades from her dozens of friends, bumping elbows with the socialites and the powerful at parties and dinners.

Mr. Joseling Bucoy carried a society page in the old Zamboanga Times under the title “Olga”. Mila Arieta and Boynap Directo are the only ones left. Mila writes for Zamboanga Today, while Boynap writes for DTZ. Mila never fails to greet me on my birthday. Thanks for that.

Writing a social column was Tita’s passion. That was how she lived.