PH celebs lend star power to 2019 election hopefuls

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PH celebs lend star power to 2019 election hopefuls
Saab Magalona, Chito Miranda, Angel Locsin, and Vice Ganda share their senatorial bets

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – As the 2019 campaign season draws to a close, some local celebrities chose to reveal their senatorial bets a few days ahead of the midterm elections on May 13.

Cheats vocalist Saab Magalona took to Instagram on May 10 to post a photo of her wearing a shirt campaigning for Otso Diretso bet Chel Diokno. In the caption she said, “Campaigning at Jim’s office. Are you ready with your list read for Monday’s elections? Let’s do the right thing for the kids.”


Over Twitter on May 9, Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda posted his list of senatorial bets, naming Diokno, Neri Colmenares, Grace Poe, Raffy Alunan, Sergio Osmeña, Samira Gutoc Tomawis, Florin Hilbay and Sonny Angara.


In another tweet, he said that he still needs 4 more names to complete his list, and that his choices could change after he researches some more and discusses with people that he trusts.

He also shared a link to a website that helps people match candidates with their personal stands on key issues. 


Comedian Vice Ganda also tweeted on May 9 in support of Diokno.

Matalino, magaling at MATINO si CHEL DIOKNO. Iboboto ko sya para sa lahat ng Madlang People na naghahangad ng bansang may hustisya. Sana maisama nyo rin sya sa iboboto nyong 12,” he said.

(Chel Diokno is smart, capable, and sensible. I will vote for him for all the people who are hoping for a country with justice. I hope you can include him in your 12 votes.)


Meanwhile, actress Angel Locsin showed her support for Colmenares. In an interview in 2015, Angel, whose real name is Angelica Colmenares, said the Makabayan bet is her nephew.

“I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling #22SaSenado,” she said in her May 9 tweet, quoting from a Taylor Swift song and referencing Colmenares’ ballot number.

Novelist Lualhati Bautista is also supporting Colmenares.


GMA 7 actress Janine Gutierrez has thrown her support for Samira Gutoc.


Juan Miguel Severo also said he was backing some Otso Diretso candidates, as well as Colmenares and Ka Leody de Guzman.


Edu Manzano, who was recently disqualified to run for a congressional seat in San Juan, also expressed his support for Colmenares.

At a mini-rally and birthday celebration held by opposition senator Bam Aquino on May 6, media mogul Kris Aquino, Bam’s cousin voiced her support for him, as well as Chel Diokno.

While these celebrities revealed their senatorial bets at the last minute, other stars have been openly backing certain candidates during the campaign period.

Actress Vilma Santos-Recto, who is also up for re-election as Batangas 6th Disrict Representative, endorsed opposition bet Romy Macalintal. She has also previously endorsed Diokno.

Ang Probinsyano star Coco Martin endorsed reelectionist Grace Poe.

Pop star Sarah Geronimo has been a long time supporter of Sonny Angara, and recently attended his rally in Batangas to make a final bid for his campaign.

PDP-Laban’s Bong Go has been supported by several celebrities who have joined his campaign rallies, including actors Philip Salvador and Robin Padilla, and comedians and Ai-ai delas Alas and Moymoy of Moymoy Palaboy. –

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