Bamboo makes stand vs endorsing politicians


Posted at Feb 26 2013 08:47 PM | Updated as of Feb 27 2013 04:47 AM

Rock star to perform in benefit concert on March 9

MANILA, Philippines -- With a little over two months before the mid-term elections in May, Francisco "Bamboo" Mañalac is swearing off being identified with any political candidate.

Singer-composer Bamboo. File photo

"My belief is I don't do political endorsements ever, and you can write that on the wall. I will never do that," the former Rivermaya and Bamboo frontman told ABS-CBN News on Monday.

Instead, Mañalac urged voters to actively seek information on the candidates' platforms, as opposed to being swayed by popular personalities identified with them.

"I believe in the people. If they want to vote for someone, don't let an artista or celebrity dictate who you vote for. Do the research, do the work, check Google, check Yahoo and find out and vote on the issues," he said.

"Kung ano ang importante sa 'yo, do that. Know your rights, that's my thing," Mañalac said.

For his part, the "ASAP" mainstay is supporting the cause of HERO (Help Educate and Rear Orphans) Foundation, an organization that helps secure the education of children of slain or disabled soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

On March 9, Mañalac, along with "It's Showtime" host Billy Crawford, will headline a concert organized by HERO Foundation. Titled "Saludo," the performance will be held at Globe Event Grounds in Circuit Makati.

"I met some of [the families of disabled soldiers] a couple of months ago. 'Hero' is a word easily thrown around these days, but these guys, their families have paid the ultimate sacrifice -- they have a disability already, so it's something that touches you," Mañalac said.

"I can't wait to do this. It's for a good cause. We're here for others," he said.