Iza Calzado, Vice Ganda endorse Risa Hontiveros
MANILA, Philippines - The last few days before the elections have been peppered by last-minute celebrity endorsements of candidates.
On May 8 and May 9, actress Iza Calzado and comedian Vice Ganda (respectively) announced their endorsement of Team PNoy senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros.
In a press conference in Makati on May 8, Calzado declared, “It’s an honor to be here in front of you today and to endorse and to help Ate Risa be part of the Senate. I believe we need people like Ate Risa in the Senate.”
Balita.ph quoted Calzado as saying that she only started showing support for candidates that week and that her endorsement comes for free.
She added that Hontiveros' policies for women are what convinced her to give her support.
“Whether I can deliver one or two votes for Ate Risa, that’s okay for me. What is important is I fully support her advocacies, especially for women.”
But Hontiveros thinks Calzado’s endorsement is a significant boost to her campaign.
“Certainly not one or two but one or two million votes. Her presence in my candidacy can only make more people passionate and excited participating in the election day (sic),” said the candidate.
For the past few days, Calzado has been active in showing her support for certain candidates using her social media accounts.
Aside from Hontiveros, she has tweeted her support for senatorial candidate Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), candidate for Taguig congressman Lino Cayetano, and Biñan Mayor Arlene Alonte who is seeking her 3rd term.
The following are screen grabs from Iza Calzado's Twitter account:
Comedian and host Vice Ganda announced on his Twitter account on Thursday, May 9, his support for senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros.
The “Gandang Gabi Vice” host posted several tweets, including a post on his Instagram account expressing his strong faith in the candidate.
Risa Hontiveros. Ito ang babaeng iboboto ko sa Senado. May karanasan at kakayahan sa gobyerno.… instagram.com/p/ZFRXjVDEnA/— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) May 9, 2013
May matino akong trabaho. Nakaipon nako. At hinding hindi ko ibinibenta ang prinsipyo ko. Libre ang pagendorso ko s taong pinaniniwalaan ko.— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) May 9, 2013
Past interviews reveal Vice Ganda’s conviction for supporting candidates based on their credibility, rather than money paid for his endorsement.
Hontiveros expressed much gratitude saying, "Sobra sobra akong natutuwa (I am very, very happy). I wish to thank Vice Ganda for standing up against traditional politics. I have always admired his bravery and his intelligence, and I deeply respect the fact that he is standing up for his principles."
In March, Hontiveros guested in Vice Ganda's evening show on ABS-CBN, "Gandang Gabi Vice," along with Daniel Magtira, known as a nuisance candidate who proclaims himself as Kris Aquino's "husband."
Watch Risa on 'Gandang Gabi Vice' here:
In a press conference for his Araneta concert, Vice Ganda revealed that, so far, he has 6 candidates he supports. The comedian claims he will announce his choices through social media.
He was recently involved in an issue with senatorial candidate Nancy Binay, when he reportedly said he was not impressed by the candidate's credentials and track record. Binay responded saying she respects the actor's opinion. - Rappler.com
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