PEP Forum: Stars share their views on politics


IC Mendoza (right) says he would want to be a senator, if given the chance, and his advocacy would be, "Ipagtanggol ang kabaklaan sa buong sanlibutan." Meanwhile, Jolina (middle) feels that the possible reason why stars go into politics is either because of their "paniniwala" or "kakayanan," or "pera." When asked about the name of candidate he will be supporting this May 14 elections, Ogie answers, "Go


Three days to go and the country will once again choose its new set of national and local leaders. You may have already seen and visited the first microsite of PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal), and have probably wondered why we're putting out stories about star-politicians.

First things first, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) is a non-political website. And if you've spotted the names and photos of some political candidates here, the intent has been to report about their campaign activities, and not to endorse them.

This election's senatorial lineup is star-studded. In fact, out of the 37 legitimate candidates approved by COMELEC (Commission on Elections), 27% are movie and TV personalities. Even in the local scene, there's quite a number of celebrities who wish to shift careers from showbiz to politics.

Political analysts predict that this is going to be a continuing trend, especially since "popularity" is considered one of the decisive factors in voting. According to Ramon Casiple, executive director of Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms (IPER), "It's [popularity] really part of it [elections]."

And he cites the result of the research conducted by IPER in 1993. "If you're popular, you can be elected out of sheer popularity," says Casiple.

But another study done in 2003 has a slightly different conclusion— "popularity" is no longer the leading reason. "It's the image of a somebody na malalapitan ng botante at makakatulong sa kanila. Ala-Robinhood kumbaga," explains Casiple about the main determinant for the voters.

PEP does a forum tackling the political issues which involve the stars. The questions thrown at them are: If given the chance, what position are you going to be running for and why? What can you say about celebrities joining the politics? Are you going to support star-politicians this coming May 14 elections?

During the 10th anniversary of Cosmopolitan magazine held at Rockwell Tent on May 4, and SOP's (Sobrang Okay Pare) show on May 5, PEP hears their varying views.

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When asked about the public position he's going to be vying for if given the chance to run, IC Mendoza replies, "Ako senator. Ipagtatanggol ko ang sanlibutan ng buong kabaklaan. Mendoza para sa senado, libre sa gay bar. Joke! Ako siguro, hindi naman ako para sa politics."

Jolina Magdangal reveals how she feels about celebrities who go into politics. "Alam mo para sa 'kin ayoko kasi, I'm not a...'di ako masyado judgmental na tao. Siguro ang para sa 'kin kaya sila tumatakbo meron silang paniniwala or meron silang kakayahan or meron silang pera. Yun lang yun parang its either dun sa tatlong yun na swak sa kanila," she says.

Are they going to support the candidacy of stars who are currently running? Ogie Alcasid's answer is, "I'm voting for Goma cause I believe in his advocacies. As far as now is concerned siya pa lang naiisip ko."

More celebrities talk about their political views on STAR WARS , click the link now!


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