MANILA — Comedy superstar Vice Ganda, arguably one of the most influential celebrities today, was recently told he would be a sure-win if he ran for a national government post.
In fact, the “Fantastica” star was offered to run for senator by one political party, he revealed in the live episode of “It’s Showtime” on Thursday.
The topic came up during Vice Ganda’s banter with co-host Jhong Hilario, who is also a Makati City councilor. The comedian said, in jest, that Hilario has been struggling with his image, given that he’s also an actor and a dancer, aside from being a politican.
Vice Ganda, whose brand of comedy has evolved over the years to include socially relevant issues, then joked he is planning to run for president in the near future.
“Kakandidato talaga akong presidente ng Pilipinas, promise,” he said. “Dalawang eleksyon pa, kakandidato ako — presidente talaga agad.”
Turning to face the camera, as if to address viewers, he quipped: “‘Pag nanalo ako, isa lang ibig sabihin nu’n — sira-ulo talaga kayong lahat! Wala talagang kakwenta-kwenta ang mga bumuboto sa Pilipinas. ‘Pag nanalo pa naman ako talaga…”
A similar opportunity, he said, actually came along recently, as he was offered to be part of a senatorial slate for the 2019 elections. He declined, despite being told his candidacy would be a shoo-in.
“Maraming kumukuha nga sa akin, e,” he said. “May kumuha sa aking partido [para] sa senador. ‘Sira-ulo ba kayo?’ Sabi, ‘Mananalo ka.’ ‘O, ngayon, ‘pag mananalo, tatakbo?’”
“Sabi ko, ‘Buong buhay ko tumatakbo na ako, pagod na pagod na ako ‘no.’ Itigil na natin, ngayon na nga lang ako nagpapahinga,” he added, including a reference to his self-deprecating joke comparing himself to a horse.