Sa kabila ng pagtutol ni Ruffa Gutierrez at ng kanyang mga kapatid noong una sa pagpasok sa pulitika ng kanilang inang si Annabelle Rama, wala rin silang nagawa nang ituloy ng talent manager ang pagpa-file ng certificate of candidacy sa Comelec provincial office sa Cebu City noong October 5.
Kaya naman sinuportahan na lang nila ang desisyon ng kanilang mommy sa pagtakbo nito bilang house representative ng Cebu City North District sa 2013 elections.
Sabi ni Ruffa, “Si Mommy naman, we support her all the way. Excited kami sa paglalakbay namin sa buong Cebu in the coming months.
“In the beginning, I was against her running kasi mami-miss namin siya, mami-miss namin yung company niya, at the same time we’re already quite busy as artists.
“At the same time, kung maintriga na nga yung mundo ng showbiz, dagdag pa ng pulitika, mas magiging maintriga pa yung buhay namin. And ayokong mangyari yun.
“But you know, she’s really decided to run, so hindi siya nakikinig sa amin and she really wants to help her kababayans in Cebu.
“So siyempre, kaming mga anak niya, we decided to support her all the way. Nandiyan na iyan, e.”
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang press si Ruffa sa set visit ng kinabibilangan niyang "eco-fantaserye" sa TV5, ang Enchanted Garden, sa Roosevelt Park sa Dinalupihan, Bataan, noong Lunes, Oktubre 8.
Ngayon pa nga lang daw ay may nakatoka na sa kanilang magkakapatid kung paano sila makakatulong sa kanilang Mommy Annabelle.
“The best that we can do is support her in any which way we can.
“Kumbaga, Richard and Raymond will be taking care of the youth and the environment.
“I’ll be helping out in terms of the women and the children. Kumbaga, all-out support na kami.
“And I love Cebu,” saad ni Ruffa.
CAMPAIGN PLANS. May nagawa na bang platform of government ang kanyang mommy at ano ang plano nilang gawin sa campaign period?
Sabi ni Ruffa, “Actually, I read her platform of government pero it’s in Bisaya.
“So, I’m like, ‘Ma, you need to make another one so people who can’t read Bisaya can understand.’
“We haven’t really discussed what we’re gonna do with the campaign. It’s forty-five days before the election, so kumbaga I think we start in March.
“So, between now and then, that’s the planning time of what we’re gonna do.
“Of course my mom has her own platform of government.”
Ano ang concentration ng platform ng mommy niya?
“I don’t wanna talk in her behalf. I think you should interview her.”
POLITICAL ROOTS. Sa pananaw ni Ruffa, malakas ang hatak ng pulitika sa mommy niya dahil nasa dugo naman daw nito ang pagiging pulitiko.
“A lot of people kasi don’t know that my mom comes from a political family in Cebu. The Ramas are very known to be in public service.
“So, yun ang hindi nila alam. They don’t know that her cousins, her uncles, mga kapatid, lahat, they’re all in politics.
“As a matter of fact, when my lolo was still alive, he really wanted me to take Law.
“And I was just like, ‘Okay.’ But I don’t think I’m gonna take Law.
“You know, I’d rather be in fashion or be in the industry, kasi they really wanted to groom me to be in politics in Cebu, which is not my cup of tea.
“Until noong mid-‘90s, when I wanted to study again and take up Political Science or International Relations in Diplomacy that I wanted to actually pursue that.
“Pero hindi na naman natuloy kasi ang daming work.
“And you know, even if you have plans of doing something, when an opportunity knocks, you just have to grab it.
“So, for me, you know, my mom comes from a political family.
“It’s not strange that she is running. She always goes back and forth to Cebu all the time.
“And even if she is talent manager, she is showbiz, her roots really come from that, like being in politics.
“I think this is the time for her to be serious. This is the time for her to focus on that and help her kababayans in Cebu.”
MORE INTRIGUES? Hindi ba sila nag-aalala na baka mas dumami ang kaaway ng mommy nila ngayong pumapasok ito sa pulitika?
Sagot ni Ruffa, “As a matter of fact, it’s better that she run kasi she’s so busy she has no time to read her tweet.
“She has no time to answer people na walang ginawa kundi awayin siya.
“I think this is actually a blessing in disguise.
“Kasi before she focused her attention in Cebu, you know, naku, every time I visit her, tuwing family gatherings, you know, isang sabi lang nung kalaban niya na walang kakuwenta-kuwenta, pinapatulan niya.
“Yung isang reporter na ganyan-ganyan, pinapatulan niya.
“Sabi ko nga, ‘Can you please stop making patol to people na hindi kapatol-patol.’
“Ngayon, she’s so busy.
“Sabi ko, ‘Ma, buti may Law na on the Internet [Cybercrime Prevention Law].’
“Sabi niya, ‘Day, busy ako. Hindi ako puwedeng mag-tweet.’
“You know, I think God is showing her in this direction so that it will veer her away from all the non-sense intrigas that she’s been into lately, not because of her doing but because of people who are like jobless, who have nothing better to do than making her away.
“So, for me, I would say the Cebuanos should vote for her because number one, she’s not a liar. She’s not corrupt.
“You know, in terms of like making law and being in Congress, I think it will be quite amusing to watch my mom there because I know that she’ll really have a different presence.
“I think she can do well for the people because not only does she have the heart but she does have background in terms of political clout.”
Bilib nga raw si Ruffa sa mommy niya dahil nagpapa-tutor daw ito pagdating sa pag-aaral ng mga batas.
“Nagpapa-tutor nga siya four hours a day, ha, na sinisikreto pa niya sa amin. So, she’s studying already of like what to do.”
ENTERING POLITICS IN THE FUTURE? Nakikita niya ba ang sarili niya na papasok din sa pulitika in the future?
Saad ni Ruffa, “You know, I’ve been offered many times in the past and I’m not closing my doors.
“But to see myself na lang as a first lady, puwede. I don’t mind being the well-behaved wife.
“I can be well-behaved naman no!”
CYBERCRIME PREVENTION LAW. Nabanggit ni Ruffa ang pagtu-tweet ng kanyang mommy. Pero maging siya ay aktibo rin sa Twitter.
Kaya naman naitanong ng PEP kung pabor ba siya sa Cybercrime Prevention Law?
“You know, I’m actually for it.
“Kasi you know, lahat ng hackers, yung nagpo-posers sa akin... ang dami ko kayang posers na kung anu-anong tinu-tweet! May mga pictures pang nakahubad.
“I think if it’s gonna help clean up the Internet in terms of cyberporn, posers, hackers, yung mga people na bashers.
“It’s so scary that I can even have my kids sometimes to go online.
“I have to make sure that there’s really an adult watching them.
“I think it’s good. But I believe that they should revise the law.
“Ang hindi ko lang maintindihan why the punishment for the cybercrime law mas matindi pa kaysa sa mga rapist. That’s one thing that they should amend.
“I think siguro because of the public outcry they will amend it.
“But in terms of regulating the Internet, I think there should be some sort of law, as long as it doesn’t affect naman our freedom of speech.
“Tayo naman, we’re a democratic country, so we do want to express our feelings and have freedom of speech.
“Pero huwag lang to the point na nag-iimbento ka na about people.
“Siguro itong mga tao kasi na against this law, they’re people who have never been victims.
“Ako kasi, I’ve been a victim of that.
"And I’m such a controversial personality that I’ve been victimized of like bloggers, bashers, and all these kalaswaan sa Internet.
“So, for me, I’m totally for it as long as the law is amended.”
Naglabas na ng Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) ang Supreme Court laban sa Cybercrime Prevention Law kaya suspendido rin ang pagpapatupad nito.