Former Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio warned Jennylyn Mercado after the prominent Kapuso actress started to speak about her political opinions on the internet.
In a Facebook post, Ignacio who shared an article about Mercado said that if celebrities who were not so familiar with the politics in the country should stop being vocal about the said topic.
Ignacio believed that Mercado’s tweet about politics may be destroying her career as an artist.
“Payo lang, wag niyo na pasukin ang hindi ninyo linya. You have very successful careers dahil mahusay kayo sa linyang pag aartista,” said Ignacio.
“Do not ever think the power of popularity will instantly translate into mastery of the political jungle.
Wawasakin ninyo mga careers ninyo,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mercado who just recently received a lecture about debt from a radio host defended her decision to comment on politics.
“May qualification ba dapat bago ka magkaro’n ng karapatan na magkomento sa mga isyung panlipunan? Hindi ba sapat na mamayan ka ng Pilipinas at nagbabayad ka ng buwis? Bakit kung kailan pandemya na lahat tayo ay apektado saka ang iba ay pilit na pinatatahimik?” she wrote.
“Naguguluhan na ako. Bakit parang nakalimutan ng ibang tao irespeto ang iba kahit iba ang opinyon nila? Hindi ba ‘yun ang isa sa mga unang tinuturo ng ating mga magulang?” she added.