Richard Yap Endorses A Senatorial Candidate For FreeHe can be considered as among the hottest male stars today. But Richard Yap has proven that he is not always for the money. If you have been wondering how much a senatorial candidate has paid him for his endorsement, you might get the surprise of your life. Believe it or not, Yap has agreed to do it for free.
Yap, which has been made popular by the recent characters he has portrayed in Kapamilya shows, is undoubtedly a hot item these days. He is currently more popularly called ‘Sir Chief’ from his well-followed character in the noontime drama ‘Please Be Careful with My Heart,’ aired over ABS-CBN every weekdays. He was previously popular as Papa Chen from his character in ‘My Binondo Girl.’
According to Yap, he is always willing to endorse a political candidate if he is impressed enough with the person. It is also important for him to actually and truly believe in what the candidate is standing for. He revealed that before the campaign period started, a lot of opulent candidates have approached him to ask for his services. But apparently, the middle-aged model/actor turned them all down.
He disclosed that he is endorsing Senator Ramon Magsaysay, Jr because he believes in the candidate. He added that he is so sure that Magsaysay would not fail his endorsement. For him, endorsements are not just all about the money. He has to truly be confident that his bet would not fail the people.
Yap has been surprising Sen. Magsaysay’s team. Yap’s own handler, Kate Valenzuela, is surprised at how he is able to manage to drop by in some of Magsaysay’s campaign sorties to endorse his candidate.
The handler revealed that Yap has a very busy and tight schedule since his soap opera is airing on a daily basis. Valenzuela disclosed that it is Yap who finds the way to give time to attend to those campaign affairs.
Aside from Yap, Dingdong Dantes is also endorsing the candidacy of Magsaysay. Dantes is also giving his services for free. It turns out that the Danteses are family friends with the Magsaysay’s. Dantes has been endorsing Magsaysay every time he runs for office since 2002, at no cost.
Sen. Magsaysay expresses his gratitude towards Yap and Dantes. He said he appreciates how the two celebrities are not looking after the amount of money involved in endorsements but after the track record and credibility of the candidate they are campaigning for. Yap and Dantes are both visible in the campaign events of Magsaysay.
For his part, Magsaysay is also endorsing other candidates himself. He is asking his supporters to also support party list groups Bayan Mo and Akbayan. He is one of the top 12 senatoriables based on the latest SWS survey. He was also No. 11 in the commercial poll facilitated by the 7-11 chain of convenience stores.