PNoy not picking on entertainers: Palace

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 13 2014 04:22 PM | Updated as of Jun 14 2014 01:05 AM

MANILA - President Aquino's advice to voters to shun entertainers in picking the next set of leaders in the 2016 elections is not directed at the entertainment industry, a Palace spokesperson said Friday.

"The President's comment on that would be hindi lang...Hindi ito patama sa isang klase ng, sa isang grupo. Pero more of what the President was saying was that huwag lang 'yon yung tignan natin at hindi lang dapat iyon iyong kanilang kuwalipikasyon kung sakaling merong tumakbo na mula sa ganung industriya," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

"Again, it’s not directed to a particular class or a particular group of people but more of what the President was trying to say is that qualification should not be limited to that and that more should be considered when someone puts himself or herself up for election in whatever level," she added.

President Aquino on Thursday took a swipe at possible candidates from the entertainment industry as he reminded voters to select people who can continue the administration's reforms and not those who can sing and dance.

Aquino, whose sister, Kris, is a well known film and TV performer, made the call during Independence Day celebrations at Plaza Quince Martires in Naga City.

"Hindi natin kailangan ng magaling bumigkas ng script, mahusay sumayaw o kumanta. Pananagutan nating mag-iwan ng mas makatarungan at mas maunlad na Pilipinas kaysa ating dinatnan," he said in his speech.

"Ang pagwawaksi sa korapsyon ng sistema saan man sa Pilipinas ay magbubunga ng mas matibay na institusyon na maglilingod sa bawat Pilipino. Bawat isa sa atin may maiaambag upang hindi masayang ang isinakripisyo ng ating mga ninuno," he added.

Aquino also rebutted claims by actors-turned-senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla that the filing of plunder charges against them over the pork barrel scam was politically motivated.