- Ogie Diaz frankly speaks regarding celebrities endorsing politicians in the upcoming midterm elections.
- One or two appearances may be free but for those who are always present in most of the campaigned, he believed that they are paid.
- Celebrities can support their candidates at the same time they are earning.
There are some celebrities who endorse politician during the campaign period which can influence the voters to choose the candidates because of their favorite celebrities.
Some of the netizens wonder if these celebrities are voluntarily endorsing the politician or they are just being paid.
On May 8, the actor and talent manager Ogie Diaz gets frank on his Facebook post regarding celebrities endorsing politicians in the upcoming midterm elections. As for him, one or two appearances may be free but for those who are always present in most of the campaigned, he believed that they are paid.
“Pag once or twice lang nakita sa campaign sorties, baka pwedeng libre lang yon. Pero kung lahat ng entablado, nakasampa ang artista, juice ko, prangkahan na tayo, kailangan din namang mabuhay ng mga artista. Hanapbuhay pa din yan. Peak season ang campaign period. Kitaan yan ng datung, kaya MERONG KITA diyan. At kalakaran na yon.”
Diaz also said regarding those celebrities who appeared on political advertisements that some of them showed support for free but some were also paid especially when the candidate believes the celebrity could help them garnered more votes; it really depends on the celebrity.
At the end of the day, celebrities can support their candidates at the same time they are earning.
“Well, depende yan. Pwedeng malaki bayad, dahil naniniwala yung kandidato na makakahatak ng boto yung artista. Pwede din namang pro bono o libre lang yung artista kasi naniniwala siya sa ipinaglalaban ng kandidato. Pero at the end of the day, mas masarap mag-endorso ng kandidatong gusto mo na, kumita ka pa.”
Diaz is also Liza Soberano’s talent manager; he also mentioned that there were a lot of politicians asking for Liza’s endorsement.
“Dami nag-aalok. Laki pa ng offer,” he said. “Pero siguro, hindi pa sa ngayon. Baka someday or sa next election.”
On his post, he also mentioned his owned senatorial bets which included lawyer Florin “Pilo” Hilbay, Samira Gutoc, Chel Diokno, and Bam Aquino, as well as Dr. Willie Ong and Neri Colmenares.