Why Piolo won't enter politics
MANILA -- Unlike some of his colleagues in show business, actor Piolo Pascual has no intentions of entering politics, an arena which he describes as "masyadong magulo, masyadong madumi."
In a press conference for Sunpiology Color Fun Run, which will happen on November 23 at Bonifacio Global City, the actor said he's happy that it is not in his heart to become a politician.
"Not to demean anyone in politics, pero I guess I’m in a better place. If I want to help out people, hindi ko kailangan pumasok sa politika," he explained.
"Ayaw ko talaga tumakbo, ayaw ko talaga. Even in my family we discouraged my siblings to run. Even my mom discouraged me. Ayaw ko ng politika," he stressed.
Pascual, however, admitted that there have been offers for him to join politics. "Mas gusto ko nang magtrabaho ng tapat at ng malinis," he said.
Despite his lack of interest to enter politics, this does not mean the actor is apathetic to what is happening in the country.
Pascual also joined thousands of Filipinos in calling for the abolition of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.
"Sana ma-abolish ang PDAF. Maraming hindi nabibigyan ng tamang tulong, tulad sa mga baranggay.
Because of money nagkakaroon ng greed. Ayaw kong pumasok sa politika tapos ma-tempt ka, kasi pera rin iyon," he said, adding that part of his income as an actor goes to his foundation Hebreo.
In the interview, Pascual said he is willing to stay in show business as long as the industry would allow him but stressed that he is ready to retire anytime.
"I'm willing to stay but I can retire anytime," Pascual said.
The actor also believes that it's time to give chance to younger actors.
"Natural lang po 'yon, dumaan po tayo diyan, hindi naman pwedeng puro ikaw. I have my prime. Until now I have the support from my endorsements, especially my network. There's no bitter feeling or anything. These people need to have a chance as well to shine on their own because na experience ko din naman 'yon," said Pascual, who has become active as a movie producer.
Among the films he has produced is the successful "Kimmy Dora" series, the third installment of which will be part of this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.
Aside from producing, Pascual said part of his retirement plan is to settle down.
"Masyado kasi akong kasal sa trabaho, baka mamaya umabot ako ng 50, wala pa akong pamilya. ...gusto ko din namang magkaroon pa ng maraming anak," said the actor, who said he wants to have four more kids.
Pascual is now being romantically linked to actress Shaina Magdayao, who played his wife in the critically acclaimed film "On the Job."
"Natutuwa ako kay Shaina kasi mabait siyang tao. If there's anything between me and her I'm sure lalabas at lalabas 'yon," Pascual said when asked about the young actress.