As soon as the official results of the counting and canvassing of votes are announced by the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the recently concluded barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, a winning candidate can be proclaimed by an authority ahead of the proclamation of the official poll body.
Or so it seems when Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. raised the hand of a kin in a gesture of victory.
In the photo sent to this writer by veteran actress Lynn Madrigal, the senator seemed to laud the performance his half-brother Reuben Bautista Revilla gave as a barangay chairman candidate at the Bahay Luma II in Imus, Cavite during the elections.
Reuben is the eighth out of nine children the late actor and senator Ramon Revilla, Sr. sired with former young star Genelyn Magsaysay, daughter of Lynn with the late senator Genaro Magsaysay.
Ramon, Jr., son of Ramon, Sr. with his late wife, Azucena Mortel, held the raising of hand of Reuben–akin to proclaiming a political ally during election campaign by a figure head of a party–as the new barangay chief of Bahay Luma II right inside the Bautista-Revilla mausoleum in Imus where the tomb of the late senator is held.
Bong proclaimed his younger half-sibling in the presence of his elder brother Marlon Bautista and two other relatives before the tombs of their dad and another half-bro, Ramgen Revilla.
Marlon and Bong’s stepmom Genelyn was also around.
“This is for you, Dad and Kuya (older brother) Ramgen,” noted Reuben in his social media post.
Ramgen, who was killed at his house in Paranaque City in 2011 by still an unidentified assailant, was the eldest among kids of Revilla, Sr. and Genelyn.