Coco Martin being convinced to run as senator by Lito Lapid – columnist

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A columnist revealed that Coco Martin was planning to enter politics if ever that ABS-CBN fails to get a new franchise.

In the article written by Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) chairman Lito Banayo, he was told by a close friend of Coco Martin that the actor visited the senate to ask Senator Lito Lapid for some advice about politics.

Banayo was informed that Martin was planning to run as Mayor of some city or municipality in the Philippines, but Lapid made some advice to his showbiz colleague to make his alternative career easy.

You see, friends were egging him to make a run for a coveted mayoralty post come 2022.  But conferring with his “pinuno,” he was advised to seek a Senate seat instead,” Banayo wrote.

“Mas madali ang trabaho ng senador,” Banayo quoted Lapid as saying to Martin.

A photo posted by the Senate of the Philippines Facebook page that Martin really visited Lapid on June 9.

On a press conference, Lapid said that he only taught Martin how to handle his critics amid the negative comments he received from the netizens for defending ABS-CBN.

Martin was also reportedly asked the senator for some ideas as the show would return soon.

Lapid played the character of “Ang Pinuno” in the TV series of Coco Martin “Ang Probinsiyano” before deciding to run for the 2019 senatorial elections.

Last year, Martin was declared as the celebrity with the highest ‘endorsement value’ in Metro Manila for the 2019 senatorial elections.

It was reported that Martin didn’t hesitate to endorse Lapid who placed 7th to the final result of the elections.

Source: Our next-gen pols? by Lito Banayo

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