Former Ilocos Sur representative Ronald Singson lauded GMA-7’s decision to open a broadcast facility in the Ilocos region.
Ronald was one of the guests who attended the trade launch of GMA Ilocos, which was held last June 8 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
He said, “I’m very, very happy that GMA launched this new channel na magbibigay serbisyo dito sa Ilocos.
"Tuwang-tuwa kami kasi at least malo-localize ang news.
"Siguro mapapalapit na rin kami sa mga artista ng GMA. Mapapadalas na rin sila dito sa Vigan.
"Siyempre, kinakatuwa namin yun.
“Ang balita ko, this station will serve Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and some parts of La Union. Parang naging sentro ang Ilocos Sur.
“We’re very thankful to the executives of GMA-7 that they chose Ilocos Sur to be their base…
"The whole Solid North will benefit from what GMA has done.”
POLITICAL PLANS. Does Ronald have plans to run again for politics in the 2013 elections?
“Wala pa, wala pang plans. I’m concentrating now on the private businesses.
"Siguro pag-uusapan pa namin. For now, we’re not talking about it.”
He later added, “Sa politika, wala pang plans.
"As of now, my father [Chavit Singson] is the governor and my brother [Ryan] is the congressman.”
It will be recalled that Ryan became his replacement as Ilocos Sur representative when Ronald resigned after being convicted and imprisoned in Hong Kong for drug trafficking.
Did he find it hard to adjust to being a private citizen again following his resignation as congressman of Ilocos Sur?
“At first, nanibago ako, pero nakapag-adjust na ako. Sa patuloy na pagdarasal, naka settle down na rin tayo,” he said.
As a private citizen, Ronald says he has more time now to talk to residents of Ilocos and bring their concerns to those in authority.
"What I’m doing now is actually more than what I was doing nung Congressman ako.
"Ngayon, umiikot ako sa mga barangay at tinitingnan ko yung pangangailangan nila.
"Sa ka-busy-han ng kapatid ko at tatay ko, I have more time to help people."
PRODUCING A PARTY MOVIE. After producing several concerts through Fearless Productions, Ronald wants to try producing a movie.
He mentioned that the movie will be done in cooperation with Brown Sugar Productions.
“The production of concerts is on hold for the meantime.
"Now, I’m working on several movies pero di pa puwede sabihin. In a few weeks, puwede na namin i-announce kung ano siya.
“It’s going to be a party movie. It’s a barkada movie.
"Since they say it’s the end of the world because of the Mayan calendar, yung magbabarkada, gusto nilang gawin ang lahat ng hindi pa nila nagagawa.”
LOVELIFE. Why is there no news now about his lovelife?
“That’s because wala akong lovelife!” he said with a laugh.
“I’m really focusing now on work and sa tagal kong nawala, medyo marami akong dapat asikasuhin.
"We must make up for [the time lost] and I’m really focusing on my work.”
Is he still friends with Lovi Poe?
“Yes. We still go out. It’s hard not to see each other because we have common friends.”
If Lovi Poe gets linked to other guys, will he be okay with that?
“Oo, okay lang,” Ronald said.
Is he ready to love again?
“Hindi hinahanap ‘yan. Nangyayari na lang.
"Minsan mahirap ’pag pinipilit.”