|Nancy Binay and Vice Ganda
MANILA, Philippines - Vice Ganda is not impressed with the track record, or the lack of it, of senatorial candidate Nancy Binay.
During a press conference held Monday for his upcoming solo concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on May 17, the "It's Showtime" host mentioned the name of Vice-President Jejomar Binay's daughter when asked if he has any plans to pursue a career in public service.
"Gusto ko president ako agad," Vice Ganda said in jest, "'Yung wala kang background, pero mataas agad, parang 'yung mga pulitiko lang ngayon. Walang background, pero senador agad."
Asked if he is referring to any senatorial bets in particular, the 37-year-old comedian said, triggering laughter, "Sila Nancy Binay, sino pa ba?"
He added: "Wala akong sinabing masama ah, sinabi ko lang siya as an example, kasi totoo naman, 'di ba? Wala siyang political background, pero senador agad. It's a fact, 'di ba?"
When asked for a "serious" answer to whether he sees himself entering politics, Vice Ganda said, "Baka, siguro pag matalinong-matalino na ako, [pag] marami akong alam tungkol sa pulitika."
"Ayoko naman 'yung... ang dami kayang walang alam, tapos kumakandidato, pasok sa top 6 sa survey," he said, drawing laughter from reporters at the press conference.
Shortly after the event, Vice Ganda clarified that his statement was not a swipe at Binay, but a mere mention of a fact.
"Wala naman akong sinabing masama. I am only responsible for what I say. I am not responsible for what people understand," he said.
"Kahit gaano ka-safe ang salita mo, depende parin sa interpretasyon 'yon ng taong nakarinig, pero ako, sinasabi ko, malinis naman 'yung sinabi ko, ako'y nagsabi lang naman ng fact," he said.
Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay is the eldest daughter of Vice-President Binay and former Makati City Mayor Dr. Elenita Binay.
Prior to her Senate bid, the 39-year-old worked as her father's personal assistant and as deputy secretary general of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Binay has said the idea of her running for senator was the party's decision and not hers.
The consideration to include her in the slate was due to her strong performance in the surveys.
6 Senate bets
With only less than a week before the May 13 polls, Vice Ganda said he so far has a list of 6 senatorial bets he wants to vote for.
Vice Ganda's candid statements generated laughter during a press conference last Monday for his third major solo concert, "I-Vice Ganda Mo 'Ko sa Araneta." -- Photo by Nimfa Chua for ABS-CBNnews.com
He cited an ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs special program, the two-part "Harapan 2013" forum and debate, as particularly helpful in coming up with his list.
"Pinanood ko 'yung 'Harapan 2013,' pinanood ko talaga lahat ng episodes noon, at makikita mo kasi at maririnig mo roon kung merong laman ang utak, kung may sinasabi, kung may konkretong plano, atsaka kung may sinseridad 'yung nagsasalita," he said.
"Kasi ang daming may kongkretong plano, pero hindi ko naman nararamdaman 'yung sinseridad. Tinanong ko nga, 'Parang narinig ko na 'yan sa kanya dati? Dati rin naman ganyan, pero wala namang nangyari.'"
He added: "'Yung kinakikitaan ko ng pag-asa, ng magandang potensyal bilang isang public servant, iyon 'yung mga iboboto ko, atsaka 'yung mga matatapang."
Vice Ganda said he will post a series of "tweets" on micro-blogging site Twitter to share his picks for senator as the polls near.
The comedian said his preferred candidates have yet to approach him on the prospect of formally endorsing them.
Ironically, he added, those who he does not intend to vote for have offered him an endorsement deal.
"Maraming [lumapit para magpa-endorso], pero hindi ako pumayag kasi hindi ko rin naman sila iboboto eh," he said, drawing laughter.
"Kasi kahit last time, nung presidential, 'yung kumukuha sa akin, hindi ko rin naman iboboto. Sabi ko, 'Ano 'to, gaguhan? Hindi naman kita iboboto," he said.
He added: "Pag mag-e-endorse ako, kunwari kinuha akong endorser ng isang pulitiko, kung iboboto ko siya, sige papayaag ako, sige ilabas mo ako, papayag akong magpromote kung iboboto kita. Pero kung mangloloko ako, hindi na."