Leo Martinez: "Huwag tayong bumoto dahil sa popularidad."

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Leo's message to actor-senatoriables: "Kungtalagang gusto ninyong pumasok diyan, pag-aralan naman natin kung ano gagawinnatin, kung papaano gumawa ng batas."


Cesar Montano announces his candidacy for the highestlegislative body in the country, the Senate. He was chosen by Lakas-CMD(Christian-Muslim Democrats) to replace Governor Jericho Petilla, who chose tobackout of the race. Cesar joins co-actor Richard Gomez as anothersenate-hopeful.

Aside from the two, there are already three actors occupyingseats in the senate—Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, and Lito Lapid. The Star forAll Seasons Vilma Santos and the Megastar Sharon Cuneta joins the campaignsfrom the sidelines. The two are campaigning for their husbands Senator Ralph Rectoand Senator Kiko Pangilinan.

People's Champ Manny Pacquiao has also decided to run forcongress as a representative of his hometown Gen. Santos City.

Kapisanan ng mgaArtista sa Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon (KAPPT) President Leo Martinezexpresses his opinion on the growing number of actor-turned-politician.

In an interview with 24 Oras earlier this evening, Leo admits that hecannot urge his fellow actors not to meddle with politics.

He says, "Well, wala naman ako magagawa sa ganoon. Hindinaman ako nanunuhol sa kanila. Hindi naman ako pumipigil sa kanila. Wala akongkarapatang pumigil sa kanila.

"Ang kinakausap ko ang taong bayan, ‘yong mga botante, natatlo na right now ang artista na senador ang nandoon. Mayroon pang dalawangasawa ng dalawang senador, artista din. Kung tutuusin, lima na ang sa aming[entertainment] sector ang senador. Palagay ko, tama na muna ‘yon sa aming sector. Wag na munanating dagdagan kasi ang ibang sector mayroon din namang karapatangma-represent sa kongreso at senado."

He emphasizes though that he is not saying that the voters shouldnot vote for all actors in general.

He stresses, "Ang sinasabi ko, kayo na ang humusga kungbakit ba natin masyadong pinapaboran ang mga artista. Popular kami kasi kayakami kinukuha ng administrasyon at ng oposisyon kasi ang artista popular.

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"Ang sinasabi ko lang sa mga bumoboto, huwag tayong bumotodahil sa popularidad kasi ibang klaseng trabaho ito. Hindi kami sanay satrabahong ito.

"Kung executive posisyon like mayor or governor, you need agood manager. Kung good manager ka, bagay na bagay sa 'yo maging mayor orgovernor, pero itong paggawa ng batas, wala kaming experience diyan."

He asserts, "Kaya ang ano ko sa kanila, kung talagang gustoninyong pumasok diyan, pag-aralan naman natin kung ano gagawin natin, kungpapaano gumawa ng batas."

He also says that his message is also applicable to boxing champion MannyPacquiao.

"Oo naman, ganoon din. Ibig sabihin, angino-offer namin ‘yong popularidad, mostly," he ends.


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