ELECTION WATCH: Is Richard Gomez running for a congressional seat in 2010?

by Nerisa Almo
Jul 6, 2009
"I try to be as optimistic as I can be na sana mas maraming tumangkilik sa Bente. Mabigat ang kalaban niya, Ice Age at Transformers, so malaking mga pelikula talaga," says Richard Gomez about his first independent film Bente, a Grade-A film by Cinema Evaluation Board that will be shown in selected SM and Robinsons theaters starting this Wednesday, July 8.

Actor-TV host Richard Gomez is very positive about his first indie film titled Bente, the final installment of the APT Entertainment, Inc. and Directors' Guild of the Philippines, Inc.'s project called Sine Direk.

Under the direction of Mel Chionglo, Richard plays the role of a mayor's bodyguard who's assigned to kill a radio commentator (played by Jinggoy Estrada).

"Very intense ang mga eksena," said Richard about his scenes in the movie during Bente's press conference yesterday, July 5, at Oceana restaurant in Pasay City.

He added, "'Yon din ang nakita ko sa script, e, kung papaano mo ia-attack 'yong isang bodyguard at isang taong gustong pumatay ng radio commentator sa utos ng isang mayor. At the same time, may tumatakbo sa utak mo, dahil may problema ka rin sa bahay, so maraming mix of emotions. And at the same time, hindi naman ipinapakita sa pelikula na nagsasalita ka, ang daming puro quiet moments."

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Richard said that by doing this independent film, he realized some things about the movie industry. He explained, "Na-realize ko talaga na ang laki talaga ng nawala sa movie industry, kasi hindi talaga naalagaan. I think we will have to treat the movie industry as a... it has to be a cultural product.

"Actually, hindi lang siya dapat entertainment center, e. 'Yon talaga ang nawala, e. Ang feeling ko lang, sana naingatan natin ang industriya. Naging masyadong mahal 'yong mga material para gumawa ng pelikula. Ang dami nang buwis na dinadaanan para lang makatapos ng isang pelikula hanggang sa mapanood, hanggang sa pagbayad. Alam mo, 'yon talaga ang pumatay sa industriya."

He also mentioned that aside from the tax imposed on movies, the cost of making a film also affected the production of mainstream movies. Richard said, "Alam mo, kasi ang nangyari sa atin siguro, aside from producing films na masyadong mahal ngayon and the raw materials in the process, ang hinahanap talaga ng producers ngayon ay 'yong formula movies, 'yong tried and tested [that will surely hit the moviegoers]."

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The actor also thinks that this is where the independently produced films come in.

"Kaya ngayon, nag-e-excel ang mga indie film, kasi dito mo mahahanap 'yong mga script na gusto mong gawin, mga script na hindi normally pino-produce sa mainstream, di ba? Kung minsan sa mga scripts na almost experimental, doon mo talaga maiintindihan."

He added, "Sa tingin ko, ito na talaga ang trend ng movie making, digital movies na talaga. At saka regardless kung film 'yong ginamit mo or digital camera ang ginamit mo, as long as it's produced properly, created properly, siguro ito na talaga ang future ng Philippine Cinema."

RUNNING FOR CONGRESS IN 2010? Since Bente is a political film, Richard did not get away from the media's question about his rumored plan to run for a congressional seat in Ormoc City in next year's elections.

Richard just smiled and indirectly answered, "Sa akin naman, alam mo, deep inside my heart, 'yon talaga ang passion ko. Whenever I'm given a chance or tasked to do something for people, ginagawa ko talaga, e. So, in 2010, kung talagang mabibigyan ako ng pagkakataon na makapaglingkod sa ating mga kababayan, I will do it. Walang problema doon, regardless kung local or national."

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After the press conference, he was asked again about this. But the actor still did not give a definite answer.

"Alam mo, pinag-iisipan ko. Katulad ng sinabi ko, ang public service talaga, it's really deep inside me. Sa dami ng problema natin... in fact, hindi ko na kailangang tumakbo kung iisipin ko lang ang sarili ko. Sa sitwasyon na nangyayari ngayon, maybe I will try to consider it. I'm giving myself more time, I'm checking what 2010 will bring us, lalo na ngayon magiging [computerized na ang pagboto]. Hopefully, maging maayos na ang poll automation," Richard said.

Is it true that he wants to be the Representative of Leyte's fourth district?

"Kasi nandoon ako palagi sa Ormoc, sa distrito nila Lucy [Torres-Gomez, Richard's wife]," Richard reasoned out. "In that area, there's really a clamor for change. A lot of people are saying na kailangan talaga ng pagbabago sa lugar sa Ormoc.

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"Ang sinasabi kasi ni Lucy sa akin, 'Honey, pag-isipan mo nang mabuti kasi dito sa Ormoc, kailangan nila ng pagbabago.' So ang ginagawa ko, every now and then, pumupunta ako sa lugar na 'yon at tinitingnan ko ang mga maaaring gawin na changes. Pinag-aaralan ko nang mabuti para kapag dumating ang tamang araw na kinakailangang magdesisyon, I will have to make the right decision."

Aiming for a government position in Leyte is not a fresh idea for Richard. He already consulted his late manager, Douglas Quijano, about this.

"Napag-usapan namin [ni Dougs]. Maraming ibinigay na advice si Douglas sa akin. Ang sinasabi niya lang talaga is that if there's really a clamor for change sa Ormoc, then try to do something about it. Binigyan ako ng blessing ni Douglas bago siya pumanaw. Pero hanggang ngayon, pinag-aaralan ko, pinapasyalan ko parati ang Ormoc... Every weekend nandoon ako," he said.

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"I try to be as optimistic as I can be na sana mas maraming tumangkilik sa Bente. Mabigat ang kalaban niya, Ice Age at Transformers, so malaking mga pelikula talaga," says Richard Gomez about his first independent film Bente, a Grade-A film by Cinema Evaluation Board that will be shown in selected SM and Robinsons theaters starting this Wednesday, July 8.
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