Surprise! Some celeb endorsers aren't even voters

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    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    AFP News
    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

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  • Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    AFP News
    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday. A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number one with 163.84 million pesos ($3.72 million) in taxes paid. Internal revenue chief Kim Henares confirmed that Pacquiao topped the list but stressed …

  • Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    Associated Press
    Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims. …

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  • Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one: …

    Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one: …

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    Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one: …

    The personality of a co-pilot suspected of deliberately flying a Germanwings passenger jet into a mountainside in the Alps is a "serious lead" in the inquiry but not the only one, a French investigator said Saturday. "We have a certain number of elements which allow us to make progress on this lead, which is a serious lead but which can't be the only one," police chief Jean-Pierre Michel told AFP in the western German city of Duesseldorf. The investigation so far has not turned up a …

Editor's note: We have deleted Coco Martin and Julia Montes in this story as their camps clarified they are registered voters. Our apologies. 

(UPDATE) Considering the clout and exposure of the country’s most popular celebrities, big companies place millions from their advertising money to a personality who can best represent their brands. Same goes during the election season.

Others scramble to get Kris Aquino’s endorsement, while some with deep pockets or good platforms to get the support of other showbiz royalties. But the million-dollar question: Do these celebrities actually vote? Some of them don’t, apparently.

Using the Precinct Finder developed by the Comelec (Commission on Elections), Yahoo! Philippines found no related registered voters when it typed in the real full name of Sarah Geronimo. She's supporting senatorial candidate Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara.

The name of actress-TV host Carmina Villaroel, supporter of Senate hopeful Grace Poe, is not included in the Comelec’s voters list. Sexy Kapuso actress Sam Pinto, who appeared in San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito’s political ads and several sorties, is also not a registered voter.

Meanwhile, presidential sister and potential 2016 election bet Kris Aquino is a registered voter of Makati City. Kris Aquino joins the last wave of the campaign period to support re-electionist senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. Another Chiz’s endorser, Vic Sotto, is a registered voter in Brgy. Ugong, Pasig City.

Kapuso actor Dingdong Dantes, endorser of senatorial candidate Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino and Buhay Partylist, votes in Quezon City.
 
Nothing wrong

Some may argue that though they make time to attend sorties and shoot political advertisements, their erratic and often busy schedule didn’t permit them to register when the Comelec held registration from April 1, 2011 to October 31, 2012.

However, in a text message sent to Yahoo! Philippines, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez clarified that “you don’t have to be a voter to endorse anyone.”

Political management expert Malou Tiquia said in an interview with GMA News Online that stars joining a political campaign comes with huge amount of money that can go as high as P35 million – discounting the per-appearance fees charged by celebrities. "Babayaran mo sila ng millions as an initial endorsement fee, tapos per appearance, magbabayad ka pa ng siguro ng mga P250,000. Hindi pa kasali riyan 'yung gagastusin mo para sa pagkain, hotel at transportation nila," she said. 

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    Robinsons Rewards Card (RRC) members will enjoy earning more points not only when they shop at their favorite Robinsons stores but also when they fuel up at Caltex. Every five liter gas up earns a point which means that the more customers fuel up at Caltex and shop at Robinsons, the more points for fuel and shopping savings. Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, teamed up with Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. (RRHI), the second largest multi-format retailer …

  • Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea
    Philippines hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

    The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing's criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were "in no way comparable to China's massive reclamation activities" in the waters. It also said accusations that Manila was being "hypocritical" would not distract people from Beijing's own actions which were raising regional tensions. "The Philippines' possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea... is in no …

  • Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt
    Boxing hero Pacquiao is top tax-payer in Philippines: govt

    Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, who faces his biggest fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, already holds top spot as the number one taxpayer in the Philippines, government records showed Saturday. A list of top individual tax-payers for 2013, posted on the Bureau of Internal Revenue website, put the boxer-turned-congressman at number one with 163.84 million pesos ($3.72 million) in taxes paid. Internal revenue chief Kim Henares confirmed that Pacquiao topped the list but stressed …

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