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Actors in politics

By Ambet Nabus

Among showbiz celebrities in Congress is Yul Servo-Nieto.

Representing the third district of Manila, Yul as a first-timer Congressman has his eyes set on promoting the welfare of youth and elderly in his district, among his platforms of government service.

“To give them scholarship grants and health benefits,” remarked Yul on his priority “advocacy” for the sectors concerned.

Being a showbiz and media insider, he said that he and his peers like Congressmen Alfred Vargas and Monsour del Rosario with Congresswomen Vilma Santos-Recto, Lucy Torres, Sol Aragones and Chiqui Roa-Puno have made initial talks on how to help the industry.

“We have plans na pero siyempre uupuan pa namin ng masinsinan. But as of now, we are united in doing something for our sector,” the good actor said.

Currently, he is part of the afternoon soap Oh My Mama on GMA 7 and he doesn’t mind playing contravida saying, “Kilala naman nilang artista ako. This is just a role I need to portray. Basta in real-life, I am known as a good public servant.”

When we kidded him about the possibility of Senator Leila de Lima’s taking inspiration from their critically-acclaimed movie with Nora Aunor called Naglalayag, he showed his popular trademark smile and remarked, “Oo nga. She already admitted her affair (with her driver-bodyguard).”

In the said 2004 movie, the Superstar played an aging brilliant Fiscal/Lawyer who falls for a young taxi-driver (Yul) and everyone censured their love.

Then a colleague reacted, “In the movie Yul’s character died. But in Sen. de Lima’s case, nagtatago ang lover niya and no one believes that she doesn’t know anything of his whereabouts.”

Someone said, “Baka sa mga bundok sa Bicol? Isn’t it that Ate Guy and Sen. de Lima both come from this place called Iriga?”

Ouch!

★★★★★

Who will blame Enzo Pineda for seemingly enjoying his work as a Kapamilya artist?

“For as long as I am here and I now work with people who I dream of being with, portraying bit roles is not an issue,” said the slimmer and more handsome Enzo in an interview.

He admitted to have auditioned for his role in the James Reid-Nadine Lustre’s Till I Met You as the “friend-lover” of JC Santos’ character.

Enzo revealed that it has been his dream as an artist to experience working with ABS-CBN and its talents. That he really doesn’t mind at all being cast even in a very small role or even in a gay role for as long as he is seen on ABS-CBN.

“To be fair with my previous network (GMA 7), they gave me my name but I feel as an artist, I will grow here (ABS-CBN),” he ended.

Ouch again!

★★★★★

Now that Robin Padilla has been granted his “Absolute Pardon” by President Rodrigo Duterte, will his USA visa come next?

“Even for just three days. I will be very glad,” sighed Robin now that his wife Mariel has already given birth to Maria Isabella in America while he was just monitoring from the webcam.

“Being there, with my wife, (with them) is very different from just being here, looking and feeling uncomfortable, anxious and excited and happy at the same time. Although I’m glad that this kind of technology (web cam) is made available today, iba pa rin siyempre yung nandun ka, yung physical self mo at nahahawakan, nayayakap mo sila,” he related.

In his attempt to secure a US Visa, Robin has been questioned by netizens who know him to be  “nationalistic/patriotic.” And now that he has been granted an Absolute Pardon, netizens again call him names.

In all of these, Robin has just this to say, “I was imprisoned for almost four years for the crime I made. I paid for it by being in jail unlike those who enjoy freedom even if we know, they are as guilty as the other bad elements in our society. Sa usapin naman ng US Visa, hindi nga ba’t nagmamakaawa pa ako up to this very minute? But let me make it clear again, I’m not doing it for myself but for my American wife and my child.”

There he goes!

Topics: Yul Servo-Nieto , Vilma Santos-Recto , Lucy Torres , Sol Aragones , Chiqui Roa-Puno , Alfred Vargas , Monsour del Rosario , Enzo Pineda , Robin Padilla , Rodrigo Duterte , Absolute Pardon
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