Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay – Seventy-year-old Simeona can still remember the hug she had experienced from whom she called “ma’am Tata” after the meeting of senior citizens here last month.
In a chance interview, the Septuagenarian said in dialect, “ma’am Tata was very natural and I can hardly believe she is into politics.”
“Ma’am Tata” to many people is Antonietta Eudela, a congressional aspirant for second district of the province. Considered by many as neophyte in politics but the way she connects with ordinary people had left an indelible mark in their hearts.
“When she delivered her short message for the senior citizens, ma’am Tata for us had talked from her heart,” the Septuagenarian intimated.
“I can see it in her eyes she is sincere unlike many of the politicians,” she added.
After the meeting, she said, “we were not able to control ourselves to rush to her to have at least a closer look at her.”
“But to my surprise, I was hugged by ma’am Tata when I got close to her,” she said, her eyes moistened.
Everywhere, people of different ages had almost the same observation about the congressional aspirant.
“Her being natural and compassionate is disarming,” an elderly resident Ipil town, who asked not to be named, said.
“Don’t mention my name because I don’t to appear that I want some favour,” the elderly asked.
But to him, Eudela has been endeared to most people she came to know during the different sorties as a congressional aspirant.
“It is true indeed that she came from a humble beginning because she seemed to easily connect with ordinary people like us,” he explained.
“She is indeed creating a bandwagon from people who are hungry for true public service,” he observed.
Eudela, an entrepreneur from R.T. Lim town, is running for the House of Representatives representing the second congressional district of the province.
She is the mother of Sangguniang Kabataan Federated President Nath Anthony Eudela, who sits as an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. (PR)