For the umpteenth time, the star of upcoming horror sci-flick Tiktik The Aswang Chronicles is saying NO to politics. In an inyterview with Interaksyon, Dingdong Dantes said he doesn’t want his showbiz career to suffer by joining the politics. He’d rather stay in the entertainment industry and continue doing what he knows best, acting and hosting. In a way you really can’t blame some people if they keep asking ad nauseam about his interests in politics because of his YESPInoy Foundation. However, Dingdong is quick enough to say that he didn’t start his foundation as a gateway for political dreams.
“I am swamped with both TV and film work. Paano ko pa mahaharap ang pagpasok sa ibang mundo like politics?” he says.
“Right now, I don’t want my showbiz career to suffer by joining politics. Hindi pa tayo handa para diyan. Dito na lang muna tayo sa trabaho na alam natin—acting and TV hosting. I still want to excel in this field bago ako sumubok ng iba.”
The rumor is not exactly new. It has been whispered for some time since he became active in the youth organization YesPinoy Foundation. But the whispers grew especially loud recently after he took part in the foundation’s flood relief operations.
Dingdong says he was just doing plain and simple charity work.
“Sa totoo lang, parati naman akong sumasama sa mga ganyang projects. Noong tumama pa ang Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, nandiyan na ang YesPinoy Foundation. Basta ang pagtulong sa mga kababayan natin, hindi ako nawawala diyan,” he clarifies.
YesPinoy, he says, is a scholarship foundation that regularly reaches out to the poor during times of calamity. And he’s been doing that even before he joined the group.
“So people shouldn’t take it na parang may political motive ako. Walang gano’n dahil matagal na tayong tumutulong kahit na noong wala pa ang YesPinoy Foundation,” the 32-year old actor says. (source)
Chances are Dingdong will have to answer the same political question next month. Who knows, perhaps he’ll say YES by then, HEH!