Celebrities react to use of children in anti-Duterte ad
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Many people, including celebrities, had mixed reactions after an advertisement using children against presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte aired Thursday night, May 5.
Oyo Sotto, son of Vic Sotto and a known supporter of Duterte, posted this on Instagram.
"Gising Pilipinas! (Wake up, Philippines)," the caption said.
Oyo also posted a screenshot of broadcast journalist Karen Davila's reaction and a callout to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) for allowing the use of children in such ads.
Aiza Seguerra, an avid supporter of the Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) presidential bet, shared her thoughts with the Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) at a LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) gathering for Duterte.
She said that the negative campaigning is a first for her: "Usually, bubuhatin nila yung sarili nilang bangko, e (Usually, they brag about their own accomplishments)."
"To pay just to malign or assassinate someone’s character, wow, this is an all-time low para sa akin (for me), especially to use kids to do that," she added.
Empress Schuck took to Twitter to talk about her choice of president, Duterte, over Liberal Party standard-bearer and administration bet Mar Roxas. "Duterte plainly wants to help. Mar is obviously doing it for business," she tweeted.
Duterte plainly wants to help. Mar is obviously doing it for business.— Empress Schuck (@EmpressOfficial) May 5, 2016
She also said, "Mar is so stressed out [Duterte] is winning. [Duterte] is just relaxed and doesn't bother to make up rumors. He knows if he doesn't win, its our loss."
Mar is so stressed out Du30 is winning. Du30 is just relaxed and doesnt bother to make up rumors. He knows if he doesnt win, its our loss.— Empress Schuck (@EmpressOfficial) May 5, 2016
Then she went on to lengthily explain her stance on the controversial advertisement, saying, "He thinks his new TVC will do him any good. You're becoming more fishy, sir. Whats with the [Presidential] position that makes you want it so bad?"
So he thinks his new TVC will do him any good. Youre becoming more fishy sir. Whats with the Pres. position that makes you want it so bad?— Empress Schuck (@EmpressOfficial) May 5, 2016
"You were fine. Until you started bashing [Duterte] like a nagging girlfriend," she tweeted. "You're somehow hinting us how powerful [you are and] what you're capable of [and] to be honest, that's more scary than Duterte's strong [and] bloody image."
You were fine. Until you started bashing Du30 like a nagging girlfriend.— Empress Schuck (@EmpressOfficial) May 5, 2016
Youre somehow hinting us how powerful youre & what youre capable of & to be honest, thats more scary than Duterte's strong & bloody image.— Empress Schuck (@EmpressOfficial) May 5, 2016
She continued. "For the record, I have nothing against the supporters nor the candidates. Just be fair. Kaso foul na kasi yung ginawa [niyo] sa idol ko eh (But what you're doing to my idol is just foul)."
"'Wag natin isisi ugali ng mga bata sa Presidente natin. Yung bata nakukuha masamang asal sa mga kasama at paligid nila. Hindi sa kandidato!"
(Let's not blame our kids' behavior on our President. Kids pick up bad habits from their companions and environment. Not the candidate!)
For the record i have nothing against the supporters nor the candidates. Just be fair. Kaso foul na kasi yung ginawa nyo sa idol ko eh— Empress Schuck (@EmpressOfficial) May 5, 2016
Wag natin isisi ugali ng mga bata sa Presidente natin. Yung bata nakukuha masamang asal sa mga kasama at paligid nila. Hindi sa kandidato!— Empress Schuck (@EmpressOfficial) May 6, 2016
"Reality, nature na natin ang pagmumura (it's in our nature to curse). Let's not deny. Lahat naman tayo may darker side. Pero 'wag naman yun ang [i-emphasize]," she wrote, before heavily criticizing Mar Roxas in several more tweets.
Reality, nature na natin ang pagmumura. Lets not deny. Lahat naman tayo may darker side. Pero wag naman yun ang iemphasized.— Empress Schuck (@EmpressOfficial) May 6, 2016
Actor Robin Padilla, another supporter of Duterte, also voiced out his concern.
"Children should not be used in black propaganda, no matter what the situation is. Republic Act No. 7610 June 17, 1992 ...," he said.
Singer Mocha Uson, meanwhile, posted this.
"PAGBABAGO O PAGKALUGMOK? Mga BULOK niyong PROPAGANDA sing BULOK ng inyong mga KALULUWA. (Change or collapse? Your propaganda is as rotten as your soul.)
"WALA NA KAYONG PAG-ASA PERO KAMI MERON PA. MAKIKITA NIYO SA MAY 7 ANG PWERSA NG MASA," she wrote. (You're a hopeless case, but in our case, we still have hope. You'll see the force of the masses on May 7.)
Actress Vivian Velez posted her sentiments on Facebook.
"Using children for political interests? I watched this anti-Duterte TV ad and it's sickening. Where is human decency in all of this? Shame on these people!" she said.
Arnell Ignacio also posted a video on Facebook about the issue. Part of the video said: "Oh ano? Kami ang tanga? Kami ang bobo, kami ang hindi nag-iisip. Eh kaninong idea yung maglabas ng commercial na ganyan? Na puro mga bata ang magsasalita, sino ang maniniwala na ganun ang mga bata mag-isip? Na magtatanong sila ng ganun? Ang bakbakan nga ngayon ay kung sino ang pinakatotoo. O sino ang maniniwala doon? Sino ang katawa-tawa di ba? Kung anu-ano ang mga dinadubbing na commercial ninyo. Sino ang nagmukhang tanga?"
(Oh so now what? We're the stupid ones? We're the ones who are not thinking? Whose idea was it to release such a commercial? That you use children to talk, who would believe that children think like that? That they would ask such questions? The battle at this point is establishing who is the most authentic. So who will believe that? Who's the laughingstock now, right? The things you've been dubbing. Who looks like a fool?)
Singer Richard Poon posted this on Facebook.
"That ad – Demonizing Duterte & EVERY DAVAOEÑO CHILD that grew up under his protection...
"May every Filipino see the width & depth of #YellowControl.
"May we all who believe in DU30 come together to fight until #YellowControl goes down
(A Davao child's reaction to that demonizing ad...)"
Meanwhile, other celebrities such as Jim Paredes, Leah Navarro, and Carlos Celdran posted their thoughts on the advertisement.
The kids in the ad showed that Emperor Dut had no moral clothes.— Jim (@Jimparedes) May 6, 2016
That ad is neither illegal nor immoral. The DuCay campaign is immoral and their fakery is illegal. https://t.co/G42q6eWz9q— Leah Navarro (@leahnavarro) May 6, 2016
Carlos Celdran wrote on Facebook: "Um. Wait. Wasn't there another ad done by some other folks last April? Check this one out, it's even making kids act out. Why is everyone suddenly up in arms about this latest one?
"Hoy. Move on na. The five minutes are over."
On Friday, May 6, supporters of Duterte lashed out at TV stations ABS-CBN, GMA-7 and TV-5 for airing the advertisement, which was paid for by vice presidential candidate Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
The ad showed clips of the Davao mayor cursing, along with his famous controversial rape remark, which was followed by kids' statements. (READ: Anti-Duterte ad by Trillanes riles up Duterte supporters)
In his interview on Friday, May 6, with Rappler's Maria Ressa, Duterte's running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano addressed the controversy.
"The negative ads where they exploit the children and they cut the mayor's speeches to make it appear [the opposite] of what he was really saying is part of the bigger conspiracy of the last 3 issues that they have against him," he said.
He also said that while the rape joke was part of the speech, the TV stations never gave the mayor a chance to explain his side. – Rappler.com