Last September 22, actor Javi Benitez formally announced his plans to run for public office next year in the mayoral elections in Victorias City in the province of Negros Occidental. The 26-year-old actor, who is the son of former Negros Occidental congressman and businessman Albee Benitez, posted a clip of his speech on his Instagram account which shows him explaining in his native dialect what makes him competent and confident to run for mayor.
Javi is currently in a relationship with fellow Star Magic artist Sue Ramirez whom he was first rumored to be dating last year. In the same event, Sue showed her support for her boyfriend as seen in another one of Javi’s recent posts.
“Ang wish ko sa imo, just be yourself because you are enough, you are smart. You are going to be a good leader and I'm sure of that. We're just here supporting you all the way. Don't ever forget that.
“When you go around and you meet people, absorb. And I hope that you give a piece of yourself to each and every person that you meet. We're just here for you all the time if you need us. 'Yun lang, Jav. Love you."
“-Inday Sue Ramirez”
Javi first joined the Star Magic family in 2019 along with batchmates Kyle Echarri, JC Alcantara, and Gillian Vicencio. He was first seen in the primetime series The General’s Daughter where he played the role of businessman Vladimir Lejano. His most recent project was his launching movie Kid Alpha One with Sue Ramirez which was directed by Richard Somes.
In recent posts, Javi shared what people can expect under his leadership. He wrote, “We will be a government that won't be reactive but proactive. A government that puts public consultation as a top priority and a government that is for all. Sa akon nga mga kasimanwa nga Victoriahanons, the time is now” and “Handa ako mag serbisyo sa inyo mga pinalangga ko nga Victoriahanon!” which Sue commented on with “SO PROUD OF YOU, MY LOVE.”