column in www.abs-cbn.com, 2010 elections

the moment i have finished checking my students' final exams, i will start a new column at www.abs-cbn.com. the column will deal with education and culture, mostly. they also asked me to write about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. i wonder why.

my radio show with dzrh is still in the works. i think they want to have a full list of advertisers before we start. the show will run during prime time, and will reach the whole philippines. the thing to do is to be just patient, and wait. paying for a radio show costs millions every month; i am being offered one, for free. the least we can do is to wait.

mar roxas might be the choice of the middle classes. but they only constitute 10 percent of the voters. 90 percent of the voters are poor, belonging to the CDE; of this, 60 percent did not finish high school or even elementary school.

and yes, the four presidentiables will have to fill 12 names for their senatorial slates. That is why there will be a mad scramble for the top six names that have been cropping up in the senatorial surveys, coffeeshop talk, rumor mills. The buzz will be louder as we reach the middle of the year.

My fearless forecast is that every presidentiable will have at least two or three winning senators divided up among themselves like bibingka.

You need at least PhP 50 million to run a good campaign as a senator in the 2010 elections. This is because every TV ad costs P10,000 per second. A 30-second ad already costs P300,000. And you need constant ad repetition every day, during prime time!

The top six senatorial candidates in the surveys will definitely get offers ranging from a low of P5 million to a high of P35 million even before 2010 begins.

And why will they get that offer?

Because every top-ranking senatorial candidate can pull up a presidentiable's votes by at least ten percent.

And why do I know that?

Ask Abalos. He thought I was just a mere, stupid English teacher.

Hahahahaha! Now who is the loser? His family says that they cannot even sleep because the accusations of people hound them even in their sleep. The Greeks wrote of that earlier; Shakespeare, too.

Why cannot thou sleepest?

Weknow weknow weknow...

3 comments:

beektur said...

ninong :) --

i came across this blog thru your philstar column while hoping to get an idea of who are involved in the latest haute societe scandal to hit manila, i.e, the $70K-scam. anyway, i am so glad to know that you are running for senate in 2010. i want to be able to help. let's see what i can and email you later.

also - i got a copy of the ladlad 3 last january. i will post my thoughts about them later. your and neil garcia's intro are the best entries for me. write on! right on! ride on!

beektur said...

ninong :) --

i came across this blog thru your philstar column while hoping to get an idea of who are involved in the latest haute societe scandal to hit manila, i.e, the $70K-scam. anyway, i am so glad to know that you are running for senate in 2010. i want to be able to help. let's see what i can and email you later.

also - i got a copy of the ladlad 3 last january. i will post my thoughts about them later. your and neil garcia's intro are the best entries for me. write on! right on! ride on!

Danton Remoto said...

thank you beektur. o di va, ang galing ng internet!?

you can help through word-of-mouth advertisement for my senatorial campaign.

also, i might be able to make a short trip to the us (two weeks) in 2009 and could drop by chicago.

as for the $70 k scandal, what can i say? even the philippines' so-called, finest celebs are just, really, pale imitations of the hollywood cokeheads.

if i were they, i would have just gone to the best schools, read the best books, and married well.

ayayaya.