Vice Ganda explains 'paid rallyists' remark

Posted at 07/30/14 5:57 PM

Vice Ganda: I trust PNoy more than I trust Kris

MANILA (UPDATED) - Comedian Vice Ganda defended himself on Wednesday after he was criticized for his remark on alleged "paid rallyists" during President Benigno Aquino III's State of the Nation Address last Monday.

Vice Ganda received mixed reactions from netizens after saying on Twitter that not all people who join rallies support a certain cause, noting how some only do it for money.

In an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com, Vice Ganda said he sees nothing wrong with his statement.

"I don't think there is anything wrong with what I said. Katulad ng sinabi ko, hindi lahat ng nagpoprotesta ay totoong nag-aaklas. 'Yung iba naman ay nabayaran ng pambili ng gatas, which is so true," he said.

While he respects those who go to the streets to fight for their respective causes, Vice Ganda said he is against the idea of selling one's ideals.

"'Yung mga totoong nag-aaklas nirerespeto ko 'yon kasi mayroon silang pinaglalaban. Kahit ako naman noong nag-aaral ako nag-aaklas din ako dati sa eskwelahan, nagra-rally din ako dati. Kasi kapag may totoo kang pinaglalaban, saludo ako sa iyo doon," he said.

"Pero kung wala kang pinaglalaban pero pumunta ka doon tapos ibinenta mo 'yung pagpunta mo na may kapalit na ano man, 'yun ang hindi ko pinapaburan. Pero 'yung mga totoong nag-aaklas at may ipinaglalaban, ituloy niyo lang at nirerespeto ko 'yan kasi mayroon kayong ipinaglalaban. Kahanga-hanga dahil kumbaga, isinasabuhay lang nila ang karapatang ibinigay sa kanila ng konstitusyon, freedom of expression. Ine-express nila ang sarili nila, may ipinaglalaban," he said.

"Kapag may ipinaglalaban, go. Kapag wala, sa bahay [na lang kayo]," he added.

Vice Ganda said he and Casiño are "okay."

"Sobrang okay kami ni Sir Teddy. Matalinong tao. I even voted for him last elections. Okay kami. Kinlarify niya na there was no fight, we are just exchanging frank comments about what's happening. Eh matalinong tao 'yon," he said.

When asked if his comments are probably influenced by his closeness to TV host Kris Aquino, the President's youngest sister, Vice Ganda said: "Alam mo kahit kailan naman ay hindi ako ganoong kahinang tao para maimpluwensiyahan na baluktutin ang paniniwala ko [ng kahit sinong tao], kahit si Kris Aquino."

Vice Ganda went on to express his support for the President, saying he trusts him more than he trusts his friend, Kris.

"Sinusuportahan ko ang Presidente kasi naniniwala ako sa kanya kahit hindi ko kaibigan si Kris Aquino... I even trust the President more than I trust Kris Aquino. Kaibigan ko si Kris, mahal na mahal ko siya. Pero hindi niya naiimpluwensiyahan ang paniniwala ko. I trust the President not because I am friends with Kris Aquino but I trust him because I believe in the goodness of his heart," he said.

Vice Ganda is set to shoot a film with Kris' youngest son, James "Bimby" Yap III, this August.