Former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada, incumbent vice-president Noli de Castro, senators Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, and Lito Lapid are just some of the celebrities that have been elected to public office in recent years.
This year, actors Richard Gomez and Cesar Montano are senatorial candidates. More and more stars have shifted from showbiz to politics, both in the local and national levels. Is there really a line that divides politics and show business? Is being in politics the next box-office profession?
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) did a random survey among GMA-7 stars present during the May 6 episode of the Sunday concert TV show SOP. PEP writer Marielle Ocampo asked them: "Do you see yourself in politics? In what government position?"
Most of the Kapuso Network stars interviewed that afternoon said they want to stay away from the messy world of politics. But some stars want to make it big in politics instantly.
Mark Herras: "Presidente. Hindi...parang I wanna try lang kung ano yung ginagawa ng mga presidente natin, tapos at the same time, siyempre, hindi ko naman habol na parang mangurakot or something. Parang try ko lang kung kaya ko bang gawin. Siyempre pag presidente ka, may rules and power ka over the Philippines, di ba?"
Dingdong Dantes: "President of the Philippines. Because I think, for me, I will be the best."
Karylle: "I'm one person who believes that we can change this world and I would do my part in my own way. I don't think it will be in the political arena. I think hindi naman kailangan lahat dun. Kasi hindi naman lahat nababagay doon. Not everyone has the guts, not everyone has the money, and not everyone has the heart for it. For those who really aspire for it, then go. Kung talagang nandun iyong puso nila, why not, di ba? I mean, kung ano man iyong profession nila, as long as their heart is in it."
Yasmien Kurdi: "No. Wala. I'd rather work in an embassy abroad or something. Or be a flight attendant, but not a politician."
Regine Tolentino: "Myself? Not within the next...20 years. Let me think. As of now, because I'm with Lucy [Torres-Gomez], I'm [in] public affairs. I find politics very dirty, but hopefully after 20 years, pag medyo nalinis na yung system natin, I would love to go for... probably start small lang. Kahit sa barangay lang muna, and then perhaps councilor, and then who knows from there." (Regine is actively campaigning for Lucy's husband, Richard, who is vying for a seat in the Philippine Senate.)
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