Nothing wrong with having celebrities as nominees or sponsors, according to the party list

Representative Florencio Noel, from the An Waray party list group. PHOTO FROM A WARAY FACEBOOK PAGE

TACLOBAN CITY – A party list group in the Eastern Visayas saw nothing wrong with using celebrities as candidates or sponsors in the 2022 election.

Representative Florencio Noel from the An Waray party list said there was no law prohibiting the arrangement.

In the 2019 election, Noel declared An Waray frontman Nonoy Zuñega to be his third candidate.

But Zuñega, from Calbayog City in Samar, failed to secure a seat in the House of Representatives as An Waray only managed to occupy one seat occupied by Noel.

He said An Waray previously used celebrities such as Boy Abunda, from Borongan City, Eastern Samar, and Karla Estrada, from Tacloban City, as endorsers.

Estrada is now the third candidate of Tingog, a party list also of the Eastern Visayas whose first candidate is Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez.

Besides Estrada, other celebrities who are running under the party list system in next year’s election are superstar Nora Aunor under Nora A, beauty queen Shamcey Supsup under Arte and Mocha Uson under Mother for Change, between others.

Rep. Noel said this time around they didn’t have any fame either as a nominee or endorser as they bank on their track record and qualified candidates.

Aside from him, An Waray has Mayor Allan Contado of the town of Balangkayan in eastern Samar and Vice Mayor Carmelo Locsin Jr. of Ormoc City in Leyte as second and third candidates.

An Waray first joined the party list system in 2004. Since then, he has managed to win at least two seats in Congress.

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