#PHvote quotes: Better looks, more votes?


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For candidates, looks matter. So they bash each other – and praise themselves.

MANILA, Philippines – The campaign season shapes up into a battle of looks.

Who’s more handsome – the former matinee idol or the former comedian? A party leader, also a former actor, pits the two against each other.

And who wouldn’t want to be called beautiful? It turns out this former news anchor begs off – at least when it comes to survey results.

Hear the candidates bash each other and, of course, praise themselves in the process. Here’s the past week in quotes.

Matinee idol vs comedian

EX-MATINEE IDOL. Joseph Estrada says his running mate, Isko Moreno, looks much better than his rival, comedian Lou Veloso. Photo from the City of Manila's website

He “looks better” 

– former President Joseph Estrada, candidate for Manila mayor, comparing his running mate Isko Moreno to rival Lou Veloso. Both started as actors.

 'I KNOW THE JOB.' Lou Veloso, candidate for vice mayor of Manila, has done local legislative work as councilor for 15 years. Photo by Jerald Uy

Kaya nga nagpakabait na ako. Kung ‘di ka na nga guwapo, tarantado ka pa, sino pa’ng magtitiwala sa ‘yo?” (That’s why I’m trying to be good. If you’re already ugly and you have a bad personality, who else would trust you?)” 

– Lou Veloso, responding to Estrada’s tirade

Glamorous? Oh please

TV PERSONALITY. Senator Loren Legarda says she doesn't bank on beauty. File photo by Ayee Macaraig

“Let’s not trivialize accomplishments. Kapag babae number one, kailangan glamor?”

– Reelectionist Senator Loren Legarda, addressing perceptions that only glamor makes her number one in surveys

Who sings better?


“Imagine there’s no cheating,

Imagine there’s no cheating,

It isn’t hard to do.

No cheating in elections

And no swindlers too.

Imagine all the people,

Living honestly.

You may say I’m a dreamer,

But I’m not the only one.

One election day please join us,

On this road called Tuwid na Daan”

– Senator Koko Pimentel, singing his version of the song “Imagine” by John Lennon and dedicating it to his rival, resigned Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri. Pimentel suffered from cheating in 2007, and Zubiri benefited.


“Imagine there’s no cheating

Di mag-automated na tayo. (Then let’s go with automated polls.)

Wag na bumalik sa mano-mano (Don’t go back to manual.)

Sana makinig kayo. ( I hope you listen)

Iyan ang payo ko sa kanya.” (That’s my advice to him.)”

– Zubiri dedicating “Imagine” to Pimentel, hitting him for his supposed stance against poll automation. Pimentel, however, claims he favors automation, and only wants the Commission on Elections to abide by technical rules.

In father’s image

'REMEMBER ME.' Nancy Binay does the high-five to help voters in Mabalacat, Pampanga remember her ballot number. Photo by Ayee Macaraig.

Ako, wala akong pambili ng iPad… Ang turo sa akin ng ama ko, dapat daw marami akong makamayan kasi talagang kailangang may personal touch tsaka interaction. ‘Yun lang ang gimik ko

(I don’t have money to buy an iPad… My dad taught me that you should be able to shake hands with many people because you really need personal touch and interaction. That’s my only gimmick.)

– Senatorial bet Nancy Binay, alluding to the illegal iPad contest of administration candidate Jamby Madrigal

Go for genuine?

“I’m the son of my father, the late President Ramon Magsaysay. It defines maybe genes or background or history. That is the message. I am the ‘Tunay na Magsaysay’ (Real Magsaysay)”

– Senatorial bet Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay Jr, hitting his niece-in-law Mitos Magsaysay, who’s running under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance

 – Compiled by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler.com

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