7 Famous Pinoy Celebrities Who Failed To Win The Elections

Being a famous personality doesn’t really guarantee a seat in the government.
posted on: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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Do you want to serve the Filipino people by running for a government seat?

Well, are you famous? Are a celebrity?

If you are one, then chances are, you’d win the elections. But not all celebrities get lucky, just like these people:

1. Richard Gomez

2007 – He initially ran as  but lost.

2010 – He then ran as a  but was disqualified.


But then his wife, Lucy Torres, replaced him and successfully won the elections.

2013 – He then ran as of Ormoc City but lost… again. In an interview he said, “Ganun talaga, e, life goes on.”

2016 – He then announced that he won’t run for office in 2016… yet.


2. Dennis Padilla


The comedian lost his bid to be a Board Member in the 3rd district of Laguna.  Dennis is the son of the late comedian Dencio Padilla and the estranged husband of actress Marjorie Barretto.


3. Cesar Montano

Action star Cesar Montano sought a seat in the Senate during the 2007 elections.


He was determined to run despite unfavorable results in survey ratings and lack of campaign funds. He lost the elections and was rumored to have lost 40 million pesos from endorsements since candidates are barred from appearing in commercial ads.

He ran again in 2010, this time, as a Governor in his hometown, Bohol. He eventually lost and placed third.


4. Annabelle Rama

In 2013, the Cebuano actress/talent manager announced her Congressional bid in her hometown, Cebu.


This wasn’t really surprising – Rama is a well known political clan in Cebu, and her cousin, Michael Rama is the current Mayor of Cebu City.

Running under Mike Rama’s party, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), she only earned 30,000 votes and lost the elections.


5. Rey Valera


This popular singer-composer ran for vice mayor in his hometown, Meycauayan City, Bulacan in 2013 but lost.


6. Edu Manzano

Well, Edu wasn’t really that a failure when it comes to politics but he’s worth mentioning.


Edu Manzano entered politics in 1998 when he ran for Vice Mayor of Makati City. He won the elections but his citizenship was challenged but was ultimately resolved. He held the office for 3 years.

In 2001, he ran for Mayor, but lost to incumbent Jejomar Binay. He went back to showbiz and became the chairman of Optical Media Board.

In 2010, he was the vice president bet of Lakas-Kampi-CMD alongside Secretary Gibo Teodoro. He finished fifth and was defeated by the same person, Jejomar Binay.


7. Fernando Poe Jr.

The King of Philippine Movies also fell victim into the viciousness of Philippine Politics. He ran for President during the 2004 presidential election.


His worst opponent was then-President Gloria Arroyo, judging from the support he received by the Filipino masses, his victory was in sight. He was sure he would win, just like his buddy and fellow actor, Erap Estrada.

He was the forerunner during the campaign period but eventually lost to Arroyo. The Hello Garci Scandal surfaced and accusations of vote rigging were made, but nothing really happened and Arroyo eventually became the President the second time.

FPJ later died that same year at the age of 65.