Vilma Santos makes new movie to raise campaign funds

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Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Consider this a legitimate way to amass campaign funds.

Senator Ralph Recto has urged reporters covering the Senate beat to watch his wife Batangas Governor Vilma Santos’ latest movie, a suspense thriller directed by Chito Rono, and to bring friends who will pay to watch it.

Recto said Santos needs to gather funds for when she seeks a third term as governor of Batangas.

“You watch the movie para may panggastos si Vi (Santos’ nickname) sa election,” the senator said. “I’ll give all of you tickets, ha? Basta, our agreement is that you will watch the movie for free but be sure to bring five friends each who’ll pay for their entrance.”

Recto had a quick huddle with reporters Tuesday during which he was questioned mostly about pending Senate bills and the series of oil price reductions.

However, the senator also used the impromptu news conference to promote Santos’ movie.

“While you’re here, let me mention that Vilma’s new movie would be coming out in July,” Recto  announced.

He added that while the Senate took 44 days to convict then Chief Justice Renato Corona, “it only took them 35 days to shoot” the movie that Rono directed.

Recto noted that the movie contained gory  scenes that might push the Movie and Television Review Classification Board to give it an R-18 rating.

“The audience might be limited to those 18 years old and above.  So I’m giving you all tickets and be sure to bring your paying friends,” he stressed.

In 1986, Santos starred in another suspense thriller, “Tagos Ng Dugo,” a career-defining movie about a female serial killer who murdered men whenever she had her period.

Recto said he would rather that Santos retire from politics after her second term as governor ends next year.

“But sometimes public service is like school. Your first term is grade school; the second, high school and the last, college.  Kailangang tapusin mo,” he said, pensively. “But if I had my way, I would prefer that she just finish the present term.  Nakakapagod na rin, pagod na rin siya.”

One thing sure, however, was that even if Santos seeks and wins a third term ending in 2016, they would not run against each other in the Senate that summer.

“In case she runs, I will lose to her.  You can be sure of that,” he said.

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  • johnllander

    Sinu-sino ang manonood ng pelikula niya? Karamihan kung hindi man lahat ay yung mga mahihirap. Kakatasan niya yung mga mahihirap sa pamamagitan ng pelikulang walang saysay para sa kanyang sariling kampanya.
    Huwag iboto ang mga artista!
    Huwag iboto ang gumagamit ng papyolaridad lang ngunit wala namang alam sa pagpapatakbo ng pamahalaan!
    Huwag iboto ang mga trapo!
    Huwag iboto ang kasali sa mga politikal dynasties!

    • hustlergalore

      siempre ang mga vilmanians. kimeralds. at mga star cinema fantards. LOL

  • Cool_Sniper

    What a lousy excuse to make and show a movie. Palusot mo lang iyan Ralph. Sa totoo lang walang nagawa sa mahihirap ang asawa mo. Sa schools na lang, meron ba libre uniform, books, bags and other school needs ang kabataan ng Batangas? Meron bang health care program sa senior citizens, lalo na ang mga mahihirap, si Vilma? Buti pa, Ralph, pigilan mo na ang asawa mo sa pagtakbo. Ginagamit mo lang ang popularidad niya para ikaw ay maiboto. Ginaya ka nga ni Francis Pangilinan, kapwa mo senador, na nagpakasal sa show biz personality (Sharon Cuneta) para makakuha ng boto kasi hindi naman kayo kilala ng taongbayan. Hindi naman bagay si Vilma sa public service kasi wala alam at dunong sa public service. Mag show biz na lang kayo.

  • Cool_Sniper

    What a lousy excuse to make a movie. Ralph, ano ba ang ginawa ni Vilma para sa mga mahihirap? Nabigyan ba niya ng libreng libro, uniform at iba pang kailangan sa eskwela ang kabataan ng Batangas? Natulungan ba niya ang mga senior citizens sa Batangas sa pamamagitan ng isang health care program? Buti pa Ralph at Vilma lumayas na kayo sa public service. Si Vilma ay walang dunong at alam sa public service. Kaya lang naman nagpakasal kay Vilma si Ralph ay para makakuha ng boto kasi nga hindi kilala si Ralph ng taongbayan ng nagsimula ito sa politika.

  • hustlergalore

    Langya, ginawang gatasan! pathetic!

    FYI: the movie is from star cinema entitled the healing starring vilma santos and kim chiu. directed by chito rono.

    LOL

  • tarikan

    Mga Idiot kababayan ko at mga tangang kamag-anak/kaibigan sana iboto nyo si Ate Vi pagka-senadora kasi malungkot daw si Ralphy at walang kasama dun sa senado. Naghahakot na ng kanya-kanyang pamilya sa senado. Onli in da Pilipins. Mur fun hehiheha!

  • http://twitter.com/finestdoctor EDWIN TAN

    Kapal mo Chong! Lahat ng tanong mo MERON!! Kung di ka nakatira sa bandang BATANGAS eh wag kang mag magaling dahil karamihan sa tulad mo eh wala naman naitutulong sa bansa. Mahilig mag reklamo wala namang ginagawa. Tignan mo ang Batangas NOON at NGAYON para sampalin mo ang sarili mo sa mga tanong mo. Be responsible please!!! GETS MO….

    • http://twitter.com/finestdoctor EDWIN TAN

      bakit ka namula Chong sa kahihiyan…

  • http://twitter.com/finestdoctor EDWIN TAN

    Minsan marami tayong puna sa tao, magaling mag sabi ng uling sa mukha ng ibang tao pero yung dami ng uling sa kanilang mukha eh di nila nakikita…minsan isipin naman natin ang sinasabi natin para di tayo balikan ng mga salita natin…..ok ka na Chong…

  • http://twitter.com/finestdoctor EDWIN TAN

    Ok lang Vilma at Ralph, I will still vote you whenever you be running for a higher position in the government….Happy..Yeepy, Yeheey lang ako sa inyo at lahat ng boung pamilya namin ay gusto kayong dalawa. Saka Chong, wag mong gayahin si Alfie Lorenzo na BAKLANG GONGGONG…

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