Aga Muhlach: ‘If I win in the polls, I’d be more choosy in making movies’


AGA Muhlach

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Aga Muhlach, who is in the running for a seat in Congress, said he would continue making TV and movie projects even when he gets elected but this time, with themes that are “more mature, meaningful and worthwhile.”

“I’d assume that it’s what people would want to see from me,” Muhlach told the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Monday. “In the event that I win, I’d be more choosy. I’d think of projects that could help promote my causes.”

Muhlach, who is running for representative of the 4th district of Camarines Sur, was last seen in the big screen via the Viva Films’ romantic comedy “Of All the Things” opposite Regine Velasquez. He used to host the infotainment show “Pinoy Explorer” on TV5.

“I can’t leave show business. Things would just be a little different in case I win,” he pointed out. “A change in lifestyle is always tough, but I’m ready for it. While actors like me are so used to being given what we want, I’m well aware that this time, it’s my job to serve the public.”

The 43-year-old actor insisted that politics is “dirtier” compared to showbiz. “In all circles, mayroon talagang madumi. What’s sad is that people tend to focus on them more than those who do good deeds. Unlike in showbiz, where you play a character, in politics, you deal with people’s lives. This should be really taken seriously.”

Muhlach said it took him two whole weeks to study all his options before deciding to run for public office. “When I filed my candidacy on Oct. 5, I said to myself, ‘this is what I really want. There’s no turning back.’ So to all my opponents, let’s just see each other till the very end.”

Muhlach said he was grateful for securing two victories in court this month. First was the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued on Jan. 15 by the Court of Appeals directing the Election Registration Board (ERB) of San Jose, Camarines Sur “to immediately reinstate and reactivate” his name and his wife’s Charlene in the voters’ list.

Second triumph was that the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) recent declaration that Muhlach is “a natural-born Filipino citizen and is therefore eligible to enjoy full civil and political rights, including the right to seek elective public office.” This was the Comelec’s response to a petition filed by voter Gilmar Pacamara, who alleged that Muhlach is a Spanish citizen who “abandoned his Philippine citizenship” when he was issued a Spanish passport. The case was dismissed for “lack of merit.”

Despite the trials, Muhlach remained hopeful. “Whenever I go around the province, I hear people saying they want change.” Muhlach reported that his team financed three poll surveys, with the latest result out only on Dec. 20. He said topping the surveys inspired him to work harder in the campaign. “I can’t be too complacent. I remember (Budget) Sec. (Florencio) Abad telling me, ‘Aga my dad once told me, even if you think you’re going to win, campaign as if you’re going to lose.”

Muhlach claimed to have learned a lot about politics this early in the race. “’Pag malinis ka, ‘di ka matatakot sagutin ang anumang tanong,” he said. “My opponents have a lot of money to their disposal, while my team has nothing but I’m not threatened by them.”

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  • Ed Molina

    well there you go, straight from the horse’s mouth, “I can’t leave show business“. ang tigas din ng mukha nito! hindi pa man din nakakasigurado, tahasan ng sinabi na kahit pa manalo siya hindi niya iiwan ang showbiz.

    instead of presenting a platform of things he will do for camsur should he win, all he can think of right now are still the movies he will do after.

    pag eto nanalo sa camsur then the people have nobody else to blame but themselves.

    • imongredneck

      Indeed its all about his movie career; he would even be more “choosy in making movies” if he wins. Lord help us.

  • noe falcatan

    sana di ka manalo para artista ka na lang, and dont be choosy, hindi ka na bagets.

  • CoolFlowrDreamr should be choosy in the first place in portraying roles whether you become a politcian or not…second, will a movie outfit still offer you to do movies since your last movie is a flop and you are not working with ABS-CBN / Star Cinema anymore…third, do you think you can make it as congressman?—just asking

  • edpoeto

    What!  people expect you to make remarkable laws that will benefit your constituents and the country as a whole not movies. If you can’t leave showbiz then don’t enter politics. Lawmaking is not an actors job, politics is. 

  • George Lapulapu

    can someone from camsur educate us here. sino kalaban ni bagets aga sa camsur district?

    • monina

       former congressman, atty. wimpy fuentebella, son of recent cong. arnulfo fuentebella

  • selinaKyle2012

    Goodness. Kung matatalo pala siya hindi siya gagawa ng mga pelikulang may mahahalagang tema? 

  • Garo Ungaro

    This kind of statements means he has no idea what he doing…? yes, u where 
    in show biz but my god!… this politics..your entering a very different zone.
    your priority is the people not showbiz?..u can just see the first year, it may be 
    a big confusion and chaos…sorry Cam Sur…?

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