Why Janice won't campaign for Aga

Posted at 10/09/2012 8:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Janice de Belen is firm on keeping her distance from the political aspirations of her former partner, actor Aga Muhlach.

Janice de Belen. File photo

According to de Belen, she and Muhlach have spoken on the possibility of her taking part in his political campaign. The "Oki Doki Doc" star is set to run for a seat in Congress in the upcoming 2013 midterm elections, representing the fourth district of Camarines Sur.

"Pinag-usapan na namin 'yan. Hindi kasi ako pwede mag-campaign eh, because of religion, we're not allowed to campaign," de Belen told reporters on Monday night, when asked if she is willing to campaign for Muhlach.

De Belen is a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo.

The Kapamilya actress and Muhlach became sweethearts during their teens, when they co-starred in a number of films, including "Super Wan-Tu-Tri" (1985).

Although she has a child with Muhlach, de Belen went on to marry actor John Estrada. They have since separated. 

Muhlach, meanwhile, married former beauty queen Charlene Gonzales.

Gonzales, one of the hosts of ABS-CBN's entertainment talk show "The Buzz," has been vocal of her support for Muhlach in his congressional bid.

Asked if she can render the same support for her former boyfriend, de Belen said: "I'm not from Bicol. Meron akong mga ninuno from Bicol. But I'm not from Bicol, I don't vote there. I vote here."

"But I wish him the best," the actress added.

While the "Ina, Kapatid, Anak" actress won't be campaigning for Muhlach, their son, according to de Belen, will be showing his full support for his father.

"Syempre anak niya 'yun eh," de Belen said, when ABS-CBN News noted that Luigi will take part in Muhlach's political campaign. "Tatay niya 'yun. Dapat lang talaga ipag-campaign niya daddy niya."

Although she cannot formally endorse any fellow celebrities who are running in the 2013 polls, de Belen expressed confidence that an actor-turned-politican might end up becoming the country's best hope at progress.

"Sa lahat ng mga artista, you wish them the best. Because, malay mo, sila nga 'yung makakatulong sa ikagaganda ng bayan, why not," she said.

Will she be joining the political world anytime soon?

"Never ko naisip tumakbo. I think showbiz is enough, sa dami ng nagaganap. Sana magtuluy-tuloy, okay na ko dun," she said.

Aside from the primetime series "Ina, Kapatid, Anak," in which she stars, de Belen is set to topbill the 14th installment of the horror film anthology "Shake, Rattle & Roll." The Regal Films flick is an official entry to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival.