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Richard Gomez and his “toothbrush campaign”

I was having trouble sleeping the other night worrying about a report for school. Stumbled across “Palaban” (the public affairs program in GMA7 with Winnie Monsod, Miriam Quiambao and Malou Mangahas) while channel surfing. Winnie’s VTR caught my attention; she was “reporting” about the actors who ran and will be running in the coming May elections. The data was helpful… found out how many bills Lito Lapid, Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada authored (Jinggoy had the highest number) although the report failed to enumerate what these bills were about. The VTR ended with an introduction to Richard Gomez (who is running for Senator) and transitioned to the studio where he is interviewed by Winnie.

I like Winnie because she isn’t afraid to ask questions that have “hard” answers. Minsan binabara pa nga nya yung mga guests nya kapag umiiwas sa tanong. That night was not an exemption.

She asked Richard why he’s running for the Senate when he can run for a local position (Estrada reportedly asked him to run for Governor in Bulacan). He promptly replied that it is because he can help more people as a senator. So what did he plan to do as Senator? Winnie asked him for specifics… Goma replied with a vague enumeration of outreach programs, the last of which was a “toothbrush campaign” for kids. Winnie said that he doesn’t need to be a Senator to organize a “toothbrush campaign”. Granted that tartar control is an important issue, you don’t need to be in the Senate to teach children to take better care of their teeth (I think Colgate has a similar program right?).

Hay naku… dapat tinanong muna ni Winnie kay Goma kung alam nya ang trabaho ng Senador.

No offense meant to Richard… I think he’s a good actor and he probably has good intentions for running. Maybe he seriously, sincerely wants to help. But does he really have to be a government official to “help”? Does he really need to spend P30 million of his hard-earned money for his campaign when that amount of money can be used for other more “helpful” means? Actually, pede na nyang i-organize yung “toothbrush campaign” at yung ibang outreach programs na binanggit nya with that kind of money.

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  1. ashley
    April 28, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Richard,

    Pls dont make politics a fallback for your wavering career. Government Position is not for everyone. It requires people that can make critical decisions that would be best for the people and for the government. Pure intention to serve is not a qualification in itself.

  2. JJ
    May 1, 2007 at 9:50 am

    I JUST HOPE AND PRAY THAT FILIPINOES DON’T HAVE TO LIVE THEIR MOTHERLAND JUST TO FIND DECENT JOB FOR THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF THESE WORTHLESS POLITICIANS RUNNING OUR GOVERNMENT. IN OTHER COUNTRIES YOU TEND TO COME CLOSER TO THE LEADER TO TELL THEM HOW GOOD THEY ARE. IN THE PHILIPPINES HOW TO COME CLOSER WHEN THEY HAVE THEIR BODYGUARDS AROUND THE FOR FEAR OF SOMEONE WILL HARM THEM.
    IF YOUR THAT GOOD WHY WOULD SOMEONE WOULD LIKE TO HARM YOU.

    TO THE FILIPINO PEOPLE

  3. mariogo
    January 10, 2008 at 9:17 am

    come to think of it. where can you best put a nationwide toothbrush campaign but in schols? 1. most kids are there 2. not all of them know about dental hygene 3. educating them about this will forever save them from using dentures 4. i really think its a good idea and something rally worthwhile.
    gomez is a UP Most Outstanding Student and not everyone can achieve that not even i did it.
    you gotta love this guy.

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