MANILA, Philippines -- With guidance and learning from her political allies, controversial talent manager Annabelle Rama is gearing up for her bid for a seat in Congress in the 2013 midterm elections.
|Annabelle Rama with members of her family, shortly after she
filed her certificate of candidacy in October. File photo
"She's going full blast. She's learning a lot. A lot of people are guiding her in Cebu," Rama's son, actor Richard Gutierrez, told ABS-CBN News at the sidelines of an accessories fashion show held Thursday night.
Citing his family and relatives' history in local politics, Gutierrez said his mom is getting proper guidance on "this new thing."
"The Rama clan has been in politics for a long time in Cebu, and we have a lot of relatives who are part of the Congress before and the Senate," he said.
Rama is running as representative of Cebu City's first district, which covers 46 barangays with a voting population of 240,000. In an earlier interview, Rama said she will pursue children's welfare and infrastructure as the hallmark of her candidacy against the Del Mar political dynasty.
"I know she has the best intentions for Cebu," Gutierrez said. "All she wants is the best for her district, and we're out to support her, we're out there to make a change."
"We're going to be very involved, helping her out, supporting her, and also guiding her," added the actor, whose other family members -- his father Eddie, sister Ruffa and twin brother Raymond -- are likewise local celebrities.
Citing Rama's being a "fighter" -- her feistiness has landed her time and again in the middle of publicized feuds with other celebrities -- Gutierrez also expressed confidence that his mother will be able to handle any issues that may come with entering the world of politics.
"You know my mom, ever since before she's been a survivor, she's a fighter. And as long as she has good intentions in her heart, I think nothing can go wrong," he said.