Mindanaoan can’t help but comment on the recent resolution of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to urge celebrities endorsing political candidates to either resign or go on leave from their shows. I find it absolutely funny that the COMELEC, amid all their problems, still has the time and energy to think about this.
I reiterate Mindanaoan senatorial candidate Atty. Adel Tamano‘s statement: “this latest COMELEC resolution is a mere ploy to distract the public. The COMELEC has bigger problems to solve – from all these delays in ballot printing and deliveries of PCOS machines to assuring the public that signals won’t be jammed during transmission of election results. Why don’t they concentrate on those first?”
Besides, isn’t this unconstitutional? Celebrities have rights, too. They have the right of expression and the freedom of association. They’re voters and therefore have voters’ rights. Why should they be “punished” for expressing their support for candidates that they believe in?
Sabagay, and this is from a tweet from a friend: “Perhaps the COMELEC thinks that the political candidates can provide the entertainment in the meantime.”
Just imagine this – presidential candidate Manny Villar has Dolphy, Willie Revillame, Michael V. and Sarah Geronimo as endorsers. Presidential hopeful Noynoy Aquino has his sister Kris Aquino and a hundred more celebrities.
Just imagine if the COMELEC does effectively implement their order — will there even be anyone left in tinseltown?
Oh well. To the “brilliant” minds over at COMELEC — good luck with this.
Meanwhile, Adel Tamano, a senatorial candidate under the Nacionalista Party, has garnered the endorsements of popular action star Robin Padilla and of popular singer-actor Ogie Alcasid (who, incidentally, is one of Noynoy’s endorsers as well)
Check out Ogie’s video with Adel below:
Tamano says: “Ogie Alcasid has done a TV commercial for me and is endorsing me. Without his help, it will be difficult for the public to recognize me. Celebrity endorsers serve an important purpose especially for lesser known candidates like myself by acting as the bridge to introduce a worthy but less known candidate. They level the playing field against candidates who are re-electionists and artista or media personalities who are already well known to the public.”
Yep, I guess this brilliant lawyer, former University President of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and first ever Filipino Muslim scholar-graduate of Harvard Law School is still the modest one.
Interested Mindanaoans who want to volunteer for the Adel Tamano for Senator Movement can visit this site