For most celebrities, showbiz is a stepping stone for politics. Their fame results in a lot of fans and supporters that can be turned into voters.
Many veteran and rookie Filipino artists joined the 2016 elections. Like all aspiring politicians, they also submitted their certificates of candidacy (COC) to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Among the political aspirants were:
Roderick Paulate: Re-election Councilor, 2nd district Quezon City
Jhong Hilario: Councilor, Makati
Lance Reymundo: Councilor, San Juan
Ericka Villongco: Councilor, San Juan
Vandolph Quizon: Councilor, Paranaque
Jomari Ylana: Councilor, Paranaque 1st district
Ronnie Rickets: Representative, Muntinlupa
Alex Castro: Provincial Board member, Bulacan
Andrea del Rosario: Vice Mayor, Calatagan, Batangas
ER Ejercito: Governor, Laguna
Imelda Papin: Congresswoman, Camarines Sur
Lani Mercado: Mayor, Bacoor, Cavite
Angelica Jones: Governor, Laguna
Rico J. Puno: Councilor, Makati CIty
Daniel Fernando: Re-election Vice Governor, Bulacan
Hubert Webb: Councilor, Paranaque
Richard Gomez: Mayor, Ormoc City
Isko Moreno: Senator
Some who were up for re-election aimed higher – such as Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, who ran for Congress.
The question is: do they really deserve the position they can so easily attain through fame?
We see these faces in our TV screens while they endorse endless brands. We witness their versatile acting and hosting skills. We idolize their talents. Are those skills good enough criteria to hand them our trust and compliance?
Only a few months have passed since the most recent elections and for now we can all just hope we voted the right people.
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