Rommel Padilla, Richard Yap, Long Mejia lose congressional bids

by Arniel C. Serato
May 14, 2019
Rommel Padilla, Richard Yap, and Long Mejia fail to make it to the lower house as lawmakers after losing to their respective opponents in the just concluded 2019 mid-term elections.
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: @omengq / @iamrichardyap / @mejia_long on Instagram

Hindi nakatulong kay Rommel Padilla ang star power ng anak na si Daniel Padilla sa kanyang laban sa pagka-kongresista sa First District ng Nueva Ecija.

As of 2:50 P.M. ngayong Martes, May 14—at base na rin sa 99.63 percent of votes mula sa Commision on Elections (Comelec)—nakakuha lamang si Rommel ng 97,111 votes laban sa katunggali nitong si Ging Suansing na may 148,001 votes.

Sa Instagram, nagpaabot naman ng pasasalamat ang dating karelasyon ni Rommel na si Karla Estrada sa mga bumoto rito.

Sabi ng Magandang Buhay host, "Maraming maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!

"Hindi man tayo pinalad ay nag uumapaw ang damdamin namin sa lahat ng naniwala, nag sakripisyo at nagmahal ng totoo na walang kapalit na kahit magkanong halaga.

"Kayo ang panalo sa amin! Salamat sa pagkakataon na nagkasama sama tayo! Mabuhay kayong lahat mahal na mahal namin kayo.hangang sa muli nating pagsasama.

"Puso Laban sa Pera.TO GOD BE THE GLORY."

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Ito ang unang sabak ni Rommel sa laban sa pagka-kongresista sa Nueva Ecija kung saan naglingkod siya bilang board member.


Hindi rin pinalad ang komedyanteng si Long Mejia sa kanyang kandidatura bilang congressman ng First District ng Camarines Sur.

Mahigit 30,000 thousand votes ang lamang ng kanyang kalaban na si Marissa Andaya, na may 61,211 votes.

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Sa latest count ng Comelec, nakakuha si Long ng 29,150 votes.


Ikinadismaya naman ni Richard Yap ang kanyang pagkatalo sa pagka-congressman sa First District ng Cebu City.

Tinalo si Richard ng kasalukuyang congressman na si Raul del Mar.

At press time, nakakuha ang Kapamilya actor ng 81,575 votes kontra sa 135,528 votes ni Del Mar.

Sa kanyang Facebook post, sinabi ni Richard na "very disappointing" ang pagwawakas ng kanyang laban.

Sabi niya, "To my family, friends, colleagues and the Cebuanos, I know it is a very disappointing end of our journey.

"For as much as it has been a difficult campaign for us right from the beginning, I also know it has been a rewarding time for me.

"I am just sad that I was not given the chance to make my plans and dreams for Cebu a reality.

"I have met so many incredible Cebuanos and have had the privilege to listen to what they have to say which is mostly the desire to have a better life.

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"My hope is that you have at least known me even for a short period of time that I have made my life public because of my wish to serve the Cebuanos.

"The vision I have for a better Cebu, a more progressive city as we all know, the opportunities are endless here.

"I will always admire the Cebuanos for our tenacity and strength of character. The attributes that will continue to help us achieve the struggles of our success.

"Our fight for the city doesn’t end here. Let us continue to stand in our principles and our unwavering support to transform Cebu as a city we can be more proud of."

Nagpasalamat naman si Richard sa lahat ng tumulong sa kanyang kampanya.

Saad niya, "I am deeply grateful to my family and friends, especially to my wife, Melody for being my source of strength, my children for their unconditional love and to everyone who never failed to stand by me.

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"To my fellow candidates who have become friends and even family, who stood by me, helped me and encouraged me, to all the staff who were there to join us in our sorties and helped make sure that our activities were successful.

"To all the barangay captains, councilors and leaders who believed in me and made sure no one was left behind and to everyone else whom I may not have mentioned here.

"I am so blessed to have you all in my life and will forever be in debt to you.

"I have gained the people’s friendship and that is something that money can’t buy. And to the more than 80,000 plus people who put their trust in me.

"My sincere gratitude to everyone for the love and support you’ve given me throughout the campaign.

"Thank you all for the opportunity for running for Congress. I promise to continue to stand with you for a more progressive Cebu!

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"God bless you all!"

Kapansin-pansin namang puro "First District" ng kanilang mga lugar ang mga distritong nais pagsilbihan nina Rommel, Long, at Richard.

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Rommel Padilla, Richard Yap, and Long Mejia fail to make it to the lower house as lawmakers after losing to their respective opponents in the just concluded 2019 mid-term elections.
PHOTO/S: Courtesy: @omengq / @iamrichardyap / @mejia_long on Instagram
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