“I will never get involved in politics after this movie.”
This is how Derek Ramsay greeted the entertainment reporters when he arrived at the press conference of the film My Candidate on April 14, Thursday.
In the movie, Derek plays the role of Congressman Sonny Suarez, who is seeking a seat in the Senate.
While filming My Candidate, the Kapatid actor said he learned so much about a politician's life that he was convinced not to enter politics.
“It's really a stressful life.
“I think you have to be 200 percent committed and passionate about public service or giving back to the people.
“If you're doing any of these charity work, politics is totally different.
“There's a positive side to it, there's a negative side to it.
“There's a lot of dirty tricks, like in the campaign.
“Sa campaign mismo, it's so stressful how to connect with your people to convince them na ikaw ang iboto.
“At the same time, kahit alam mo na hindi ka corrupt, it's frustrating na yung mga iba, iba pa ang iboboto.”
Since his character is a senatorial candidate, Derek also learned about the politicians' different strategies to win over the other candidates.
“Yung mga baho ng tao nilalabas, ine-expose, to the point na ang dami nang nilalabas, kaya di mo na alam kung ano yung totoo.
“So it's so hard to vote kasi everyone has something to say to the other one.
“The best, probably, is to have a sit-down like this [interview] and say kung ano ba talaga ang [plano] mo para sa bansa.
“For me, that's the best way to gauge.
“Unfortunately, we can't do that. Not everyone has the opportunity to sit down in front of a candidate.”
NO CANDIDATE YET. Since the national elections is drawing near, Derek was also asked about his preferred candidate.
But he was firm in saying, “Just like before, I like to keep that private.”
However, he admitted that there were politicians who asked for his endorsement, which he all turned down.
Derek explained, “I will endorse someone without being paid if I strongly believe in that person.
“For me, it's like vote-buying if I get paid, even if I support the candidate, you bought my vote.”
Meanwhile, Derek is looking forward to the result of the coming election.
He said, “It's a very difficult time, I think. At the same time, very exciting.
“It's interesting times for our country.
“In a long time, this must be the most interesting, most terrifying elections that there's been in a while.
“Ang dami ko nang naisip na istorya kung ano ang puwedeng mangyari kung si Ganito ang manalo.
“Ang hirap i-identify.
“But for me, it's scary and, at the same time, exciting times.”
Derek added, “Hopefully, we fall on the exciting part where umunlad ang bansa natin.
“I think, slowly, we're getting in that direction. Ang hindi kailangan ng bansa is to be brought back.”