Annabelle 'very serious' in Congress bid


Posted at Aug 18 2012 03:20 PM | Updated as of Aug 18 2012 11:24 PM

…says she 'can't be stopped' from running

MANILA, Philippines – Controversial talent manager Annabelle Rama is set on bringing her brand of feistiness to Congress next year.

Controversial talent manager Annabelle Rama. File photo

"I am very, very, very serious to run for Congress. Wala na makakapigil sa akin," Rama said in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter on Saturday.

Having recently figured in a number of legal feuds with several showbiz personalities, Rama has become a frequent subject of entertainment headlines.

But the feisty talent manager may soon cross over to the world of politics, as she starts campaigning for a congressional seat representing the North District of Cebu, ahead of the upcoming 2013 elections.

'Idol' Annabelle

In her official Twitter account, Rama detailed her visit to Barangay Lahug in Cebu, where residents referred to her as "idol."

"First time ko umakyat sa matirik na bundok. Gumising ako ng 4:30 a.m. Nag-start kami umikot ng 6 a.m. sa nine na sitio sa Barangay Lahug. Natapos kami ng 10:30 a.m.," she narrated.

"Nawala ang pagod ko at sakit ng katawan ko dahil 'di ko akalain na kilala ako ng mga tao doon. Ang tawag sa akin 'idol,'" she added.

The residents of the barangay had also aired their woes on their condition to her, Rama said. She also expressed her intention to visit other areas of Cebu to lend ears to her potential constituents.

"Hindi sila makapaniwala na kumakatok ako sa pintuan nila. Na-meet ko ibat ibang klaseng tao. Marami silang sinasabing mga reklamo sa kahirapan nila.

"Magandang experience, I am beginning to like it. That's why I went to Ayala mall to buy rubber shoes para sa mga susunod kong pag-ikot," she said.

'Cebu loves me'

Addressing the possible effect of her ongoing legal tiffs with different personalities on her congressional bid, Rama had earlier expressed confidence that the North District of Cebu will "love" her nonetheless.

"Hindi ['to makakaapekto]," Rama confidently said in June, when asked if she thinks her feud with former actresses Nadia Montenegro and Amalia Fuentes will affect her political plans.

"Masyado niyang (Montenegro) dinurog ang pangalan ko, masyado niyang sinira ang pangalan ko ... [Pero] mga taga-North District, Cebu City, mahal na mahal nila ako. Hindi makakasira sakin 'to," Rama said at the time.