BELIEVING that politics could ruin the country’s latest love team sensation “AlDub,” Senator Vicente Sotto 3rd on Tuesday said they have decided to bar the pair from appearing in any political advertisement or activities in connection with the 2016 elections.
Sotto, who is part of the popular noontime show “Eat Bulaga” aired at GMA 7, said Eat Bulaga people do not want “AlDub” which stands for Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, to be identified with any politician, including him.
“This is the reason why I told them (Eat Bulaga people) [that]I am willing to do a sacrifice, so that other politicians will realized that even Tito Sotto did not use AlDub,” the Senator said in an interview.
Sotto, of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), will be running for re-election in 2016.
The Senator admitted there have been offers for the pair to do political endorsements but Eat Bulaga, also known as “Dabarkads,” refused the offer.
Even Richards, who is under a different manager, refused to accept offers to appear in a political advertisement of any presidential candidate.
Sotto, however, did not name the candidate saying only the sponsor made the offer and not the presidentiable.
So far only Vice president Jejomar Binay and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas have expressed their intention to run for president in 2016.
The senator said allowing the popular pair to do a political advertisement of a particular candidate could affect the pair negatively because voters who don’t like the candidate could also start to dislike “Aldub”.
“Why will we do that? Aldub is doing well they are loved by the entire country, it will all be wasted if we put political color on them,” he added.
Sotto said that even if they have no control over Richards’ decisions, his manager has agreed to follow their example to shield their talent from politics.
“We don’t even need to request Richards’ camp, they already decided to reject any offers from politicians,” he said.