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Dingdong Dantes criticized for photo with Sen. Risa Hontiveros

/ 12:37 PM October 29, 2018

Image: Instagram/@dongdantes

Actor Dingdong Dantes was criticized after he posted a photo of himself with Sen. Risa Hontiveros, as both are working on an upcoming project regarding an advocacy they both promote.

Dantes took to Instagram yesterday, Oct. 28, to share his and Hontiveros’ photo. “Happy to share the same advocacy with Sen. @hontiverosrisa. #ComingSoon #ForTheFilipinoFamily,” he wrote.

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His fans, however, weren’t impressed with the brewing collaboration between the actor and the senator. They took to the comments section of Dantes’ post to express their disapproval by using the thumbs down emoji.

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

Some said they will be unfollowing Dantes because of his post.

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

Others made use of the comments section to lambast Hontiveros for allegedly stealing Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) funds.

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

Hontiveros denied the allegations that she was a part of the PhilHealth Board of Directors that approved the diversion of P10.6 billion budget meant for the payment of senior citizens’ insurance premiums in May this year, calling said allegations as “fake news.”

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Meanwhile, some commenters stated that Hontiveros is only using Dantes.

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

While many are against Dantes working together with Hontiveros, there are still fans who continue to support the actor. They asserted that real fans will support the actor no matter what Dantes’ political stance may be.

“[Di] naman nila kayo pinupush sa kung sinong gusto o ayaw nyo ang mahalaga sa kanya ay ang advocacy nya,” said one fan, Krezha Mae Requillo Calague (@krezhamae). “Kung dahil lang sa isang tao ayaw nyo tatalikuran nyo sya at least mapapatunayan kung sino ang totoong nagmamahal sa DongYan.”

(They are not forcing you to like someone. The important thing to him is his advocacy. If because of one person you don’t like, you turn your back on him, at least now we’ll see who truly loves DongYan.)

“Sana lang respetuhin nyo din kung sinong gusto nilang suportahan (I hope you respect whoever it is they will support),” she added. “No hate just love.”

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

Another fan, meanwhile, wondered why people are surprised the actor is collaborating with Hontiveros when he and wife Marian Rivera had been vocal about their support for the Liberal Party (LP), which Hontiveros is part of.

Image: Screengrab from Instagram/@dongdantes

“Yung mga ayaw kay [Risa] Hontiveros na fan daw ng primetime couple eh di naman talaga nila fan,” said one fan, Shadey (@shadey559). “Alam naman ng buong Pilipinas na LP supporters ang mag-asawa.”

(Those who don’t like Hontiveros and claim they are fans of the primetime couple are not really their fans. The entire Philippines knows that the couple supports LP.) JB

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