Election not a popularity contest, Grace Poe tells celebs

Posted at 01/03/13 9:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Showbiz personalities who are running in the upcoming 2013 mid-term elections should be ready to demonstrate their capacity as public servants, senatorial candidate Grace Poe-Llamanzares said.

The former Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson, in a statement, advised celebrities aspiring to be political leaders to not rely on their popularity in winning votes come election period.

"One must have the right qualifications before joining public service. Election is not about popularity contest or to show who is more popular among Filipinos but a very serious exercise that requires compassion and dedication from candidates," she said.

The daughter of the late film icon and former presidential candidate Fernando Poe, Jr., Llamanzares is a guest candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance and the Liberal Party coalition senatorial slates.

Among the TV personalities who are running in 2013 are actor Richard Gomez, as mayor of Ormoc; actor-host Aga Muhlach, as Camarines Sur representative; talent manager Annabelle Rama, as representative of the first district of Cebu; actor Jolo Revilla, as vice-governor of Cavite; and actor-host Roderick Paulate, as Quezon City councilor.

Other celebrities who are seeking a political post in 2013 include former actor Rey Malonzo, action star Joko Diaz, comedian-host Anjo Yllana, '70s crooner Victor Wood, and veteran singer Imelda Papin.

Of incumbent celebrities-turned-politicians, Llamanzares cited Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado as "actors turned politicians who have shown dedication and exemplary leadership as elected officials of the land."

Both Torres-Gomez and Mercado are seeking re-election in 2013.