Almost one year and a half before the national election in the country is held, Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano has a special advice to movie stars who are planning to venture into politics come 2022.
Rep. Alan Peter encouraged movie personalities to know their passion and calling first before joining politics.
“Sa tutoo lang hindi na ako naniniwala sa profession. Mas naniniwala ako sa calling ng tao pagdating sa pulitika,” said Alan Peter during a Christmas merienda with the entertainment editors of the print media held in Quezon City Tuesday, Dec. 8. (I don’t believe in the profession of a person. I am more inclined to believe in the person’s calling in politics)
Alan Peter said that movie stars already have an advantage if they will join politics because of their popularity. “People watch them in the movies or television. They already have a connection with the people.”
His second advice would be not to engage in vote-buying. “Movie stars would be very effective in the campaign against vote-buying. Magiging maganda ang election natin kung wala ng vote-buying.”
Alan Peter suggested that if movie stars are really interested in running for political posts in 2022, then they should start visiting places now to check the problems of the people.
“Ngayon pa lang mag-libot na sila sa nasasakupan nila or sa ibang lugar para malaman nila ang mga problema,” he said.
The congressman also urged showbiz first-timers in politics never to count their frustrations.
“Minsan ang nangyayari, kapag natatalo ka, nagkakasamaan na ng loob. Madalas din nagkakaroon kayo ng kagalit or kaaway. Dapat hindi ganun. Learn from your mistakes and move on,” he said.
Asked about his plans for 2022, Alan Peter said that he will discuss his political plans with his siblings middle of 2021. “May mga nagsasabi bumalik daw ako sa Senado o baka magpahinga na lang muna ako. Sa ngayon wala pa akong plano para sa 2022.” (Some suggest that I should seek another term in the Senate or maybe I would just rest. For now I really don’t have plans for 2022)
Joining Alan Peter in the Christmas merienda were his younger brother Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano. Rep. Lani Cayetano (2nd District, Taguig) accompanied her husband Alan Peter but did not join the press conference.
Mayor Lino said that Christmas would be different for his family this year because of the pandemic.
One of the sacrifices the Cayetano siblings have to make is the chance to give their mom an embrace or a hug. “Hindi na namin nayayakap ang aming ina dahil may edad na rin siya. Sana matapos na rin ang pandemya. Sa tulong ng Diyos, malalampasan natin ito.”
Alan Peter recalled that Christmas celebrations in their home were always festive.
“Yung mga naka-duty sa amin na guard, kasambahay on Christmas Eve, we invite their families to join us. So while waiting for 12 midnight, yung mga bata nagkakantahan, nagsasayawan sila. We have a table for my own family and may mga tables naman for every family ng staff namin. We are different families but we are one,” he said.