A star glittered over the village of West Riverside in Quezon City one Wednesday night.
For a moment, the residents — mostly dressed in tattered clothes and plain slippers — thought they can finally find out what it was like to see and hear a real, live star in their midst.
But it vanished as soon as it appeared.
“Nasaan na si vice mayor? Bakit biglang nawala?" said one surprised resident when Quezon City Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista, Liberal Party (LP) mayoralty bet, this coming polls, left a sortie in their area only a few minutes after he arrived.
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Bautista, a former actor who played the role of Quezon City vice mayor for the past nine years, showed how comfortable he was onstage during his brief appearance at the sortie.
He cracked a few green jokes, led his slate into dancing to the tune of his campaign jingle and gave an entertaining speech before the obviously star-struck residents.
Joy Belmonte, Bautista’s running mate and daughter of incumbent Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., even talked about Bautista’s private life to engage the crowd during her speech.
She asked the audience to enumerate female celebrities who were linked to Bautista, to which the crowd willingly gave answers.
In contrast, when the younger Belmonte asked the people about Bautista’s accomplishments during his 15 years in the city government, the rowdy crowd went silent.
“Kapag tinanong ang love life mo, alam na alam. Kapag tungkol sa mga nagawa mo, tahimik," the LP vice-mayoral bet quipped.
-- It is because..hindi alam ng mga tao ano nga ba ang nagawa ni BISTEK???? tanungin mo din sa mg nagawa nyang pelikula mabilis pa sa alasinko angsgot ng mga tao..wala kasi silang nakikita or nakita..maliba sa mga naririnig nilang balita sa mga kasong kinakaharap ngayon ni Bistek.