Pro-Noynoy celebrities defended

by Reyma Buan-Deveza, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Nov 05 2009 11:51 AM | Updated as of Nov 09 2009 12:40 AM

MANILA – It is no doubt a star-studded political advertisement.

Sports personalities and celebrities from both Kapamilya and Kapuso networks have appeared in the three-minute “Hindi Ka Nag-iisa” TV advertisement of presidential aspirant Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Some of these celebrities were ABS-CBN talents Sharon Cuneta, Boy Abunda, Anne Curtis, Bea Alonzo, Bianca Gonzalez, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Mariel Rodriguez, and Kris Aquino, Noynoy’s youngest sibling; GMA 7 stars Regine Velasquez, Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera and Ogie Alcasid.

Velasquez, known as Asia’s Songbird, belted out the “Hindi ka Nag-iisa” theme song.

Basketball players led by Kris’ husband, James Yap, also participated in the TV ad.

"I'm so proud of the fact that Noy's video had the best of both networks. So, parang they dedicated their services to Noy because they believe in him,” Kris said.

Kris added that the celebrities agreed to appear in the campaign ad for free.

According to her, the second part of the political ad will come out soon and it will feature more celebrity supporters of Noynoy.

Pro-Noynoy?

Although the stars who took part in the political ad were mostly Kapamilya talents, Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, maintained that they did not represent the stand of the network.

In a phone interview, Osorio pointed out that the celebrities did it out of their own volition and it was a “personal choice.”

"Any support that you give to a political candidate is something you do based on your own choice. Dahil it’s freedom. It's part of your freedom to choose whoever you want to support regardless if you are Kapuso or Kapamilya," he said.

Osorio also downplayed speculations that ABS-CBN was favoring Noynoy. The speculations cited the network’s purported too much coverage of his activities. Some also said that the senator allegedly gets too many airtime on ABS-CBN because his sister is a contract star of the network.

Osorio dismissed these speculations. He also stressed that ABS-CBN gives equal time to all political candidates.

He explained: "We give equal time to everyone. Kris is our talent and Kris is strongly associated with Noynoy. What can we do, they’re siblings? And the coverage about them is relevant news, the latest of which is 'yong coverage ng Undas. Their parents are two prominent personalities. That's relevant coverage."

Nonetheless, in an effort to stop the speculations, Osorio said a committee composed of ABS-CBN senior officers is set to release a guideline on Kapamilya talents endorsing politicians.

Aquino-Erap tiff?

Meanwhile, Kris clarified that there are no ill feelings between her family and former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada.

Estrada, also a presidential aspirant in next year’s polls, allegedly complained of Noynoy's supposed undue advantage over ABS-CBN.

“Whether you believe it or not, we still have good relations with him,” Kris said. “In fact, manonood kami ng sisters ko ng movie nila ni Ai-Ai [delas Alas] because it’s Ai-Ai’s birthday.”

Estrada and Delas Alas are the lead stars of Star Cinema’s “Ang Tanging Pamilya.” The comedy film is Estrada’s comeback movie after more than two decades of break from show business.

Estrada was supposed to appear on “The Buzz” two weeks ago but the deposed president failed to show up reportedly due to health reasons.

Kris, who is the co-host of the show, denied that she was the reason for his absence.

“Baka it’s not about us, but another issue about the movie. Baka meron silang issue doon. Baka he really was not feeling well kaya ayaw niya,” she explained. “As far as my family is concerned and he is concerned, the communication lines remain open,” she said, adding:

“You know regularly, he (Estrada) sends us fruits pa rin. Kasi dati, the whole time mom was sick, every week nagpapadala siya. Tapos last week lang nagpadala siya sa amin ng peaches, ponkans, and grapes."

Kris reiterated that as far as she and her siblings are concerned Estrada remains a family friend. -With a report from Bernie Franco, ABS-CBN.com