MANILA, Philippines – Actor Robin Padilla and radio host Ravi Tolvo were among the notable celebrities to win the 2022 national and local elections, and the two were among the frontrunners in the Senate race.
Padilla was the surprise frontrunner among those senators with more than 26 million votes based on partial, unofficial results, though the actor has risen steadily among the poll ranks in recent months.
The representative ran for the ruling party’s Senate slate of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) under the faction of Energy Minister Alfonso Cossi, and is currently the party’s only candidate in Magic 12. He was also included on the UniTeam slate of Ferdinand Marcos Jr and Sarah Duterte-Carpio.
Padilla’s late father Roy was also an actor and politician, served as governor of Camarines Norte under former President Corazon Aquino’s ticket and was mayor of José Panganiban four times in the province.
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Tolvo was the top candidate considered according to election polls, but partial unofficial results put him in third place with 23 million votes, behind Padilla and former senator Lauren Legarda.
The radio personality ran as an independent but was included in the Senate list of Senator Manny Pacquiao. His son Ralph is running for Congressman in Quezon City’s second district, his wife Jocelyn is seeking re-election to Congress under the ACT-CIS (currently leading the party race) as her second candidate, and his brother Irwin – who is also a radio announcer – is the fourth candidate for ACT -CIS.
Beauty queens, young actors in local races
A number of celebrities win their races at the local level, most notably actor Argo Ataide, who leads the race for the House of Representatives seat in Quezon City’s first district with twice the votes of his nearest rival, current Congressman Onyx Krizogo. .
Fellow actor and winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus, Ijay Falcone, heads into a two-horse race for Vice Governor of Oriental Mindoro, narrowly ahead of Antonio Pérez Jr. Falcon is the current Deputy Governor Pons Dolores, who is currently leading the governor’s race.
Former “Goin’ Bulilit” star, Nash Aguas, appears set to become a chancellor in the only area of Cavite as he currently ranks second in this race surrounded by fellow Lakas-CMD party mates while Binibining Pilipinas-Globe 2019 Leren Mae Bautista currently tops the race The advisors are in Los Baños, Laguna, followed by fellow Bigkis partymates Marlowe Alibon and Johnsy Setiape.
Television and current Manila’s Third District actor, Yul Cervo, is preparing to be the city’s new deputy mayor, succeeding his candidate, Honey Lacona, who is expected to win the mayoral position.
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Meanwhile, political actress Lucy Torres appears to be trailing husband Richard as mayor of Ormoc in Leyte (Richard is running for a seat in Congress from Leyte’s 4th district), while actor Jaffe Benitez is in control of the Victorian mayoral race in Negros Occidental. .
Some of the characters are also nominees in backers such as actress Carla Estrada, third nominee for Tingog who is the current front-runner, and OWWA Director Mocha Uson — first Mothers for Change nominee.
It remains to be seen how many seats will be allocated to the victorious party members, which means that Osun’s fellow candidate and former Binibining Pilipinas Globe Michele Gumabao will have to wait for the official final tally, as well as Miss Universe Philippines National Director Shamcey Supsup-Lee who is ARTE’s first candidate. .
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