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.
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October 11 was the first day of the filing of candidacy for the 2019 midterm elections.
A total of 27 Senatorial aspirants and 18 party-lists have submitted their candidacy. Below are some notable personalities that will take the challenge to have a spot in the 12 Senatorial seats that will be determined in next year’s May 13 elections. They have submitted their certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Elections.
Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (PDP-Laban)
Seeking re-election, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said that he filed his candidacy early as he’s getting married next week. “Maaga tayo pumunta because I’m getting married next week so gusto ko tapos na ito.”
Ferdinand “Freddie” Aguilar (PDP-Laban)
The singer-composer filed his certificate of candidacy for the 2019 midterm elections, seeking a Senatorial place under President Rodrigo Duterte’s party.
Daniel Magtira, who claims to be the husband of Kris Aquino, is once again aiming for a Senatorial seat. He also professed his love for the actress during the filing of candidacy.
Anson Tuana just filed his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections. Tuana also claims to be an old flame of former PCOO Assistant Secretary, Mocha Uson.
Former Department of Health Consultant Willie Ong aims for the Senate. He is also a cardiologist and health columnist.
Neri Colmenares (Makabayan)
Former Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares also filed his candidacy. Colmenares is a human rights lawyer and activist that took his stand against the government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law.
Ex-Pagsanjan Mayor Abner Afuang’s COC was rejected due to an error in the form used, however, he said that he will rectify and file again. He can be remembered as the policeman that poured water on Hayden Kho during a Senate committee hearing on video scandal.
Former Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) member and assemblywoman Samira Gutoc-Tomawis will run for Senator at the 2019 midterm elections.
This 42-year-old senate hopeful wants death penalty for all corrupt politicians. “Isusulong ko ang tunay na death penalty! P***** **a, patayin lahat ng mga kurakot sa gobyerno! ‘Yan po ang nararapat.”
A 62 year-old padyak driver aims to have a seat in the Senate.