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Richard Gomez and Aiko Melendez reveal 2016 election plans

Richard Gomez and Aiko Melendez are not looking into running for office next year.

Richard Gomez and Aiko Melendez reveal 2016 election plans-Maureen Marie Belmonte
Maureen Marie Belmonte

Twitter: @MissHappyWriter


03/18/2015 11:08 AM
Richard Gomez and Aiko Melendez reveal 2016 election plans
031815-richard1_main.jpgAt the moment, actors Richard Gomez and Aiko Melendez have no plans of running in the upcoming national elections next year.

Richard and Aiko spoke about their political plans during the recently-concluded launch of the remastered Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie where they co-starred together.

Si Lucy [Torres-Gomez] kasi ang [seated] congresswoman namin so nandoon ako para sa kanya and I’ll be there to support her kasi technically may dalawa pang terms si Lucy,” he said about his wife who is the 4th district of Leyte’s incumbent representative.

Aiko, for her part, is not closing her doors.

“But if you’re going to ask me today, I’m not running kasi andami kong projects na nakalinya. It would be unfair naman na hati ‘yung oras ko. Bahala na. Anything can happen in 2016 but as of today hindi,” she said.

Richard ran in the mayoralty race in Ormoc in 2013, but lost to Mayor Eric Codilla. Prior to this, Richard has had a string of misfortunes in the political scene. He lost when he ran for senator in 2007 and when he ran as a congressman in Ormoc in 2010 [he was disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on grounds of failing to sufficiently establish residency in the province.]

Meanwhile, Aiko was lucky enough to win as a councilor in the 2nd district of Quezon City when she ran in 2004. The Inday Bote actress served for four years.

Almost 21 years since their MMK movie was released, Aiko and Richard laughingly recalled just about how controversial the project was for them. “Ako this is a very controversial film eh. It’s my first acting award I ‘take it take it’ so kaya napaka-controversial. And siyempre ‘yung leading man ko si Richard Gomez. Ito ‘yung first kong masasabi ko na artista na ako dahil nakatrabaho ko si Goma,” she said.

The 1994 Metro Manila Film Festival was riddled with controversy when co-presenter and former Miss Universe representative Viveka Babajee announced a different Best Actress winner instead of Aiko Melendez. Much to co-presenter Gretchen Barretto’s shock, Viveka exclaimed “Take it! Take it!” to Rocky, Ruffa Gutierrez’s younger brother, who received the envelope.

031815-richard1_main.jpgNot only that, it was supposedly Edu Manzano who should’ve taken the Best Actor’s trophy but it ended up to Gabby Concepcion.

“Ako naman kasi kapag awards hindi ako nag-e-expect eh. Nung nagkagulo na nung pinapabalik na ako, nahiya naman akong bumalik ‘di ba? So in-award na lang sa akin the other day ‘yung award,” Aiko said.

Richard for his part recalled that the controversy stole the spotlight from the winners. “Memorable talaga ‘yung gabi na nangyari ‘yun kasi pareho kami ni Aiko na nanalo eh. Siyempre na-overcast ‘yung sa amin and ang naging highlight nung award’s night eh ‘yung controversy,” he said.

Richard ended, “Anyway, tapos na ‘yun. Moving forward maganda itong chance na ito para sa new generation natin na makita naman na na-remaster ‘yung isang pelikula ng Maalaala Mo Kaya. It’s something that’s worth watching.”