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Poet To Fellow Artists: Don’t Allow Politicians To Use Us

Poet To Fellow Artists: Don’t Allow Politicians To Use Us

Filipino artists are being used and weaponized.

“We are being infiltrated,” he said.

In a Facebook post that has been shared more than 1,500 times, Severo asked his colleagues to be more circumspect in choosing the candidates with whom they will share their talent and skill.

“May we all be careful in choosing whom we lend our voices to and whose voices we amplify with our platforms,” he quipped.

Severo’s post was obviously triggered by the influx of mainstream media publicity that some senatorial aspirants are getting with the help of celebrities just when the official campaign period is about to start.

There is this movie starring Robin Padilla where he portrayed the life of former PNP Chief General Rolando “Bato” Dela Rosa who is one of the senatorial candidates of the administration. The movie was shown last week despite warnings that it will violate election laws and rules.

Irked by the shameless electioneering of candidate Dela Rosa and the arrogance of its lead actor Padilla, netizens called for the boycott of the film. It appears that the campaign was successful as netizens shared photos of cinemas that were almost empty which means that the biopic is a huge flop.

Aside from that movie, TV drama anthologies has been featuring episodes based on the real life of those who are running for the 2019 midterm election.

ABS-CBN’s Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) had an episode last week based on the life of the late Senate President Edgardo Angara. Although the senior Angara is dead, that episode undeniably redounds to the benefit of his son Sonny who is running for reelection.

The next MMK episode will be a portrayal of the life of former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go while GMA’s Magpakailanman will show an episode based on the life Cynthia Villar who is also gunning for a second term in the Senate.

There are snowballing calls to boycott both episodes which will be shown on February 9.

There were other TV appearances by the candidates the past few days.

The complete PDP-Laban senatorial slate composed of Dela Rosa, Go, Sen. Koko Pimentel, Former MMDA chief Francis Tolentino and Cong. Dong Mangudadatu had a TV guesting at the Bottomline hosted by Boy Abunda.

Go had an interview with Vice Ganda at the latter’s evening show Gandang Gabi Vice (GGV) while Angara was seen as part of the in-studio audience of Wowowin hosted by Willie Revilllame.

Even the child comedy show Goin’ Bulilit was not spared as Tolentino guested the show last week.

In Severo’s post, he mentioned that his “friend was tricked into acting in a scene with Imee Marcos.” No details were given though.

It cannot be denied that the appearance on television by candidates aspiring for a national elective position gives them undue advantage over other candidates who were not given the same privilege.

“Celebrity is influence. Media shapes reality,” Severo declared.

We totally agree. This is because in a society who has a politically-immature electorate like ours, mass media, showbusiness and celebrity status can condition the minds and sway the hearts of the people specially the masses.

“The future we’re about to welcome will always have our handprints,” Severo quipped.