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.”
View this post on Instagram Campaigning at Jim’s office Are you ready with your list ready for Monday’s elections? Let’s do the right thing for the kids A post shared by Saab Magalona-Bacarro (@saabmagalona) on May 10, 2019 at 2:30am PDT
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.
Gawa na tayo ng kodigo for May13! Pag-aralan at piliin natin ng maayos kung sino sa tingin natin ang talagang gustong makatulong sa Pinas, regardless kung pro or anti admin sila. So far nasa listahan ko si Diokno, Colmenares, Poe, Alunan, Osmeña, Gutoc, Hilbay, at si Angara. — Alfonso Miranda Jr (@chitomirandajr) May 9, 2019
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.
Kulang pa ako ng apat, at pwede pa magbago yung mga listahan ko, depende sa research at diskusyon ko with people I trust. Magtanong at mag-research! Try nyo din 'to...sobrang laking tulong para malaman nyo yung stand ng mga kandidato on certain issues. https://t.co/gSKVccfcXs — Alfonso Miranda Jr (@chitomirandajr) May 9, 2019
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.)
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. — jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) May 9, 2019
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.
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling #22SaSenado #ColmenaresSaSenado #NeriColmenares pic.twitter.com/QqI0GCrUtS — Angel Locsin (@143redangel) May 9, 2019
Novelist Lualhati Bautista is also supporting Colmenares.
GMA 7 actress Janine Gutierrez has thrown her support for Samira Gutoc.
Samira Gutoc. That's it. That's the tweet. — JANINE (@janinegutierrez) May 10, 2019
Juan Miguel Severo also said he was backing some Otso Diretso candidates, as well as Colmenares and Ka Leody de Guzman.
Bigyan ng boses ang manggagawa sa Senado! https://t.co/CUvUu8TBN5 — Juan Miguel Severo (@TheRainBro) May 11, 2019
Edu Manzano, who was recently disqualified to run for a congressional seat in San Juan, also expressed his support for Colmenares.
Sama ako diyan Neri! https://t.co/rYCN7gdian — Edu Manzano (@realedumanzano) May 10, 2019
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.
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. – Rappler.com