It was January 31 when it erupted on the news that Richard Gomez will run for senate under the administration's unity ticket. And this sudden move of the 40-year old actor roused a big question—why is Richard joining the administration?
In a recent newspaper interview, the former Lagot Ka, Isusumbong Kita mainstayreportedly said, "The President is happy that I am supporting her policies and visions for our country." Known to many, Richard is a staunch supporter of former President Joseph Estrada so some couldn't help but wonder why he is now singing a different tune.
"Nagpaalam ako kay former president Erap [Joseph Estrada] ," explains Richard during Eddie Gutierrez's 65th birthday celebration held on February 6, 2007, at the poolside area of One McKinley Place in Fort Bonifacio Global City.
He adds, "UNO (United Opposition) is full. LP (Liberal Party) and NPC (Nationalist People's Coalition) invited me as well. But it doesn't matter..."
Others speculate that Jinggoy may have something to do with Richard's change of plans. It was remembered that the two figured in a tiff four years ago when the senator hit Richard at one Star Olympics basketball game. But the former S-Files host is quick to clarify, "No. Magkumpare kami. Mas okay na nga kami ngayon kesa kay Jayvee [Ejercito].
He asserts, "If I have to run as an independent, I would. What's important is my advocacy. I go for my advocacy."
Goma, as he is fondly called by friends in showbiz, declares that he would "focus on the youth sector." And he goes on giving a rundown of his initial plans: elevate the quality of education, build more classrooms, have more computers in schools, push awareness campaigns for A.I.D.S. (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) and anti-illegal drugs, improve the level of training for the athletes, among others.
Moreover, Goma, being one of the country's most competitive athletes in the field of fencing and target shooting, will aim for a gold medal in the coming olympics.
Asked if Lucy Torres is going to be visible during the campaign period, Richard says, "Very."
From a successful actor who has so far starred in over 70 movies and TV series to a sportsman who has brought glory to the country, Richard's next challenge is to prove himself in the political arena. Today, February 7, 2007, he will hold his oath-taking at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel.
Goma further states, "May nagsasabi nga sa akin na gobernador pero hindi, e, senado talaga." And Richard's new race begins.
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