Noynoy eyes Boy Abunda as tourism secretary

Posted at 05/31/10 8:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Presidential frontrunner Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is eyeing celebrity talk show host Boy Abunda, a close friend of his family, to head the Department of Tourism (DoT).

Aquino took note of “The Buzz” host’s ability to clearly communicate ideas and understand the audience.

"He is an icon in the country, and more so for his ability to communicate, to understand the audience and to be able to propound and advance a particular set of ideas,” Aquino said.

When sought for reaction, Abunda said although he is grateful to be considered, he is not “inclined to accept it.”

He noted that joining the government would mean him quitting show business. He admitted that he is not yet prepared to leave the entertainment industry.

“I can help ‘Noy in another capacity. I have a personal relationship with Noy. I think it will be more effective if I continue what I am doing now... giving him advice -- devoid of agenda and bias, devoid of politics,” Abunda said.

Abunda, also a talent manager, used to be a supporter of losing presidential candidate Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. He even appeared in many of the senator’s television advertisements.

When Aquino, however, announced his presidential bid, Abunda immediately expressed his support for Kris Aquino’s older brother.-Report from Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News