Nilinaw ni Dingdong Dantes na hindi siya celebrity endorser kundi volunteer sa kampanya ng vice-presidential candidate na si Leni Robredo.
Pahayag ng Kapuso Primetime King, “Nowadays, I do not believe in that [being an endorser].
“For me, I am a volunteer who advocates for what I believe in – freely and openly.
“My voice is no different from all the 54.6 million registered voters, but it is mine.
“I believe in the educated and evolved capacity of our electorate to properly discern who to vote.
“No need for influencers, only tools to make the candidates know to them.
“At the end of the day, we should own up to our choice that should not be dictated by anyone.
“I am happy and I feel liberated to openly campaign for the person whom I believe in – that is Leni Robredo.”
Nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at ilan pang piling reporters si Dingdong sa isang intimate chikahan sa Grace Park Restaurant, One Rockwell, ngayong araw, April 26.
WHY LENI ROBREDO? Bakit si Leni ang napili niyang suportahan sa hanay ng vice-presidential candidates ngayong 2016 elections?
Paliwanag ni Dingdong, “At this day and age, we need a leader who will not only show us the path but someone who will inspire us to attain our individual dreams.
“We need someone aspirational, someone whom we can identify with. Someone who will inspire us to become better citizens of this country.
“An inspiring person is one with an inspiring narrative.
“One that is true, without pretensions, one that goes beyond campaign slogans, colors.
“One who is authentically a leader in his/her own right, nasa position man o wala.”
Patuloy niya, “As they say, leadership starts from home.
“I believe she has established a strong home with a deep sense of grounded family values.
“Look at the background of all the candidates and see how they are, and most likely, that is how we will be led.
“Para sa akin, intact ang kanyang moral values, mayroon siyang competence sa pagiging isang lider ng mga nangangailangan, at higit sa lahat, consistent siya sa kanyang hangarin, nasa position man o wala.
“Gaya ng isang ad, ‘It is what you do in the dark, that puts you in the light.’”
LONE WOMAN STANDING. Hindi rin daw kailanman ay magiging isyu kay Dingdong na si Leni ang bukod-tanging babae sa hanay ng mga tumatakbong bise presidente.
Saad niya, “Gender should not be the basis of one's capability to govern the people.
“It should be someone who will champion our common interests of good governance, humble service, and sustainable reform.
“And I have every reason to believe that she will continue to do this regardless of the outcome of the elections.
“At sa kanilang lahat, sa aking pananaw, ang pagtakbo sa pagka-VP ay hindi isang ambisyon kundi isang misyon.
“Sa dulo, ang pagkatao ang pinakamahalaga sa lahat.”
Bakit sa isang kandidato lang siya nagbo-volunteer ng suporta?
Ayon kay Dingdong, “Whenever I offer myself to a task or service, I make sure to put my 100 percent dedication to the objective.
“While we all know how important the presidential race is, the VP race is also as important.
“I am campaigning not because of the position but because of the person.”
Sa isang interview ni Senator Grace Poe, may nabanggit itong nag-uusap sila ni Dingdong.
Posible bang ang iboboto ng aktor sa pagka-presidente ay si Grace.
“Yes,” tugon ni Dingdong, ngunit hindi na siya nagbigay ng karagdagang impormasyon.