- Richard “Sir Chief” Yap forayed into politics
- The Cebuano actor filed his COC for Congressman of the northern district of Cebu City
- Yap said people should not look down on celebrities eyeing for elective posts in the government
Cebuano businessman and actor Richard Yap, who rose to fame via the now-defunct television drama series “Be Careful With My Heart, as “Sir Chief”, forayed into politics for the first time.
As per a Sun Star story, the actor formalized his entry into the political arena by filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 midterm elections at the Commission on Elections Cebu City Office on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
The neophyte politician, who is vying for a congressional seat for the northern district of Cebu City, is running under the Barug-Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party. He is running against incumbent Congressman Raul del Mar.
In an interview right after filing his COC, Yap said one of the reasons for his candidacy is to use the government resources to help people. He said celebrities like him help people out of their own pocket. If elected, he would tap the vast resources of the government to help more people.
He said he chose to run for Congressman, as it is “where I can serve better.” He shared that he already has a list of proposed laws he would craft, but declined to divulge it.
“I can craft laws to make our country better. There are laws that we need to revise and pass. Daghan ta’g gihuna-huna. I have a list but I don’t want to pre-empt kay basin naa nyay mukopya,” he said.
Yap said people should not look down on celebrities like him eyeing elective posts in the government.
“There is more to us than being celebrities. I guess the public should also look beyond (our status) as actors,” he said.
He added, “Just because we are celebrities, we are not qualified. We may be even more qualified than most government officials.”