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Should showbiz personalities enter politics?


ACTOR and former President Joseph Estrada has opened the doors to politician wannabes in show business. Actors and actresses turn their eyes on seeking government posts using their popularity and hoping that one day they could be like Estrada.

In 2010, we saw Bong Revilla and wife Lani Mercado, Lito Lapid, Tito Sotto, Vilma Santos, Lucy Torres, starlet Angelica Jones, and of course Manny Pacquiao, to name a few, winning in the elections. Unfortunately, Cesar Montano, Imelda Papin, Edu Manzano, Aiko Melendez and Ara Mina didn’t have the same luck.

Barely a year before the 2013 elections, some actors have expressed plans to run for public office. Despite unfavorable comments from those who detest celebrities in politics, they seem unfazed. Will those who lost in the 2010 elections run again?

As early as now several actors have confirmed their intentions. Aga Muhlach, who made Camarines Sur his place of residence, will try to win a seat in the House of Representative and Annabelle Rama wants to be a lawmaker, too.

Former sex symbol Alma Moreno is planning to join the likes of Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Juan Ponce-Enrile in the Senate. We also have former teen star Onemig Bondoc eyeing a vice-gubernatorial post in Bataan.

Political machinery is no longer an issue as most showbiz politician wannabes do have the means.

But are they qualified, intellectually?

Sure Pacquiao leaped frog from being a high school dropout to studying Development, Legislation and Governance, Alma Moreno has been studying Political Science and the others are simply using their long experience dealing with people. But are these enough to qualify them as government officials?

We have had many intelligent politicians, extremely intelligent in fact but they were unable to solve the pressing problems of this country. So why not try celebrities? They are good at waiving their hands and getting the attention of the masses. They are very efficient in endorsing advocacies and important causes. Most of all they are more charismatic than politicians elected.

But do showbiz personalities really have to give up their glamorous world for their political ambitions? Most people don’t know the difference between show business and politics and the latter is more entertaining at times. And most voters, elect officials as if they are voting for the most popular in the colitician wannabes in show business. Actors and actresses turn their eyes on seeking government posts using their popularity and hoping that one day they could be like Estrada.

In 2010, we saw Bong Revilla and wife Lani Mercado, Lito Lapid, Tito Sotto, Vilma Santos, Lucy Torres, starlet Angelica Jones, and of course Manny Pacquiao, to name a few, winning in the elections. Unfortunately, Cesar Montano, Imelda Papin, Edu Manzano, Aiko Melendez and Ara Mina didn’t have the same luck.

Barely a year before the 2013 elections, some actors have expressed plans to run for public office. Despite unfavorable comments from those who detest celebrities in politics, they seem unfazed. Will those who lost in the 2010 elections run again?

As early as now several actors have confirmed their intentions. Aga Muhlach, who made Camarines Sur his place of residence, will try to win a seat in the House of Representative and Annabelle Rama wants to be a lawmaker, too.

Former sex symbol Alma Moreno is planning to join the likes of Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Juan Ponce-Enrile in the Senate. We also have former teen star Onemig Bondoc eyeing a vice-gubernatorial post in Bataan.

Political machinery is no longer an issue as most showbiz politician wannabes do have the means.

But are they qualified, intellectually?

Sure Pacquiao leaped frog from being a high school dropout to studying Development, Legislation and Governance, Alma Moreno has been studying Political Science and the others are simply using their long experience dealing with people. But are these enough to qualify them as government officials?

We have had many intelligent politicians, extremely intelligent in fact but they were unable to solve the pressing problems of this country. So why not try celebrities? They are good at waiving their hands and getting the attention of the masses. They are very efficient in endorsing advocacies and important causes. Most of all they are more charismatic than politicians elected.

But do showbiz personalities really have to give up their glamorous world for their political ambitions? Most people don’t know the difference between show business and politics and the latter is more entertaining at times. And most voters, elect officials as if they are voting for the most popular in the country.

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