MANILA - Will celebrities and entertainment shows boost the Senate bid of Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara?
Angara, who is in the 6th-12th positions in the latest Pulse Asia pre-election survey, told ANC Headastart on Monday he has already spend P10 million on ads ahead of the formal election campaign period.
"One ad is already several hundred thousand (pesos)," he said.
He could be referring to one of his televisions ads that feature singer and actress Sarah Geronimo.
"Sarah is the endorser of my father so there is continuity there, [the] wholesome image," he said.
Heartthrob Coco Martin will also headline another Angara poll ad.
"Kaibigan natin iyan. We worked on some advocacies together," he said.
Angara has also been featured as a guest on variety show "It's Showtime."
"It was a good opportunity, I was invited, I accepted. Masaya pala siya eh," he said. "We have to communicate to a larger audience and present a different side of me na medyo relaxed."
He said he would also welcome his life being the focus of a "Maalaala Mo Kaya" episode.
"Why not? That is a big audience, but I don't know if my life is dramatic enough," Angara said.
Asked if he will sing and dance during his campaign, Angara replied, "Depende. Pag bumaba tayo sa survey lahat gagawin natin."
He said it is still to early to rely on pre-election surveys.
"I think it is still early in the campaign. As people get to know candidates better, mas gaganda ang standings natin," said Angara, who has been struggling to land in the so-called "Magic 12."
"It was a hard climb in the surveys, despite the name recall. Many of those running are dati nang naging senators," he said.
"I hope our viewers will check the background of all candidates," he added. "I am hopeful we will have a better educated electorate."
Angara addressed various controversial issues during his interview with Karen Davila.
These include the cybercrime law, which he and his father, Senator Edgardo Angara, authored.
The Aurora congressman said he disagrees with the final version of the law that is being contested in the Supreme Court.
He said provisions on online libel "should be changed."
"[The] take-down clause is better with court order," he added.
On the proposed divorce law, Angara said he is not in favor of "no-fault divorce."
"Let us just strengthen the Family Code, declaring marriages void," he said.
He believes that the Reproductive Health Law is important. "In our culture, mahiyain tayo, hindi natin natuturuan ang mga bata."
Angara said he agrees with moves to amend the Constitution. "I am open to it, but I do not see any compelling reason right now."
He, however, sidestepped the issue of political dynasties. "I think it is something that the larger electorate should decide."
He also defended the law that created the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO), which has been accused of landgrabbing and human rights violations.
"Kung sa ibang bansa we will be hailed as economic geniuses for passing that law," Angara said.
He claimed that free ports such as APECO are key to economic boom in other countries.
"Freeports are what drove development in China and Taiwan. Dito sa Pacific side, wala tayong ports where there are poor people," he said.