10 Unforgettable Quotes From Celebrities-Turned-Politicians
Lines worth reviewing before 2016
(SPOT.ph) Philippine politics is undeniably messy, but it’s strangely alluring—especially to celebrities, who seem to think that it’s a natural progression for their careers. We know that this happens when they are in government, and then some.
But let's look beyond the bright lights of stardom and try to be more discerning about who we vote for, shall we? Because if you think about it, celebrities are just like anybody else—and they should be judged just as harshly as anyone else who's asking for your vote.
"Wala kang magagawa talaga e. Talagang mag-a-adjust ka. Kumakain ka ng pork barrel, ngayon, tuyo na lang." – Sen. Lito Lapid on adjusting to not having his P200 million annual Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel.”
But tuyo is good, too! And it's healthier than pork!
“If ever you go for public office, tigilan mo na ‘yong telebisyon. Tigilan mo na ‘yong pelikula. Kasi it’s unpatriotic...Kasi ikaw, e, ibinoto, hinalal para kahit paano’y iangat ang kanilang klase ng buhay tapos makikita ka sa telebisyon, kengkoy, kumikita nang malaki. So it’ll be unfair.” – Former Vice Mayor of Makati Edu Manzano on being in showbiz and politics at the same time.
“Let’s admit it, private firms [are better] than the government [in managing things].” – Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on the city government’s modernization and privatization projects.
This is the kind of thinking that makes our government what it is.
“Basta huwag lang manghihingi sa amin ang mga tao!” – Cavite Representative Lani Mercado-Revilla on the removal of “pork barrel.”
Wait, didn't the assistance fund come from us?
“Ba’t ko naman iko-quote 'yong blogger? Blogger lang 'yon.” – Sen. Tito Sotto on his alleged “plagiarism” of a U.S.-based blogger’s blog entry.
Why, indeed? Sorry, SENATOR.
“Hindi ibig sabihin busy ka, vice president ka lang, wala kang alam sa mga dapat gawin. Hindi puwede ‘yon. Kung gusto mong maging effective, trabahuhin mo ‘yon.” – Gov. Vilma Santos on denying that she plans to run for vice president.
Is Ate V making parinig?
“I wish that death penalty will be revived for drug-related crimes and rape so that people will fear the law and give it some teeth.” – Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on his support for the death penalty.
Mayor Bistek would succeed in Game of Thrones.
“Aaminin natin na talagang plano nating tumakbo sa pagkapangulo. Sa tingin ko nga isa 'yon sa dahilan kung bakit ako nandidito sa kulungan.” – Sen. Bong Revilla on his political aspirations.
We applaud Kap for his confidence and his "amazing stories."
“Mayroon ho tayong tinatawag na 'discretion' at sariling pag-iisip, kung nakikita ninyong baha na o kaya ay makokrompromiso ang kaligtasan ng mga anak ninyo, huwag n'yo na hong papasukin.” – Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno on class suspensions.
Good point! Apply the same principle in voting.
“I will not be absent because the whole country will be my responsibility.” – Rep. Manny Pacquiao on running for senator despite having only attended four legislative sessions out of 70 during his term as congressman.
We'd be insulted if we lived in Sarangani.