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6 More Actor-Politician Scandals That Rocked The PH

Cesar Montano isn't alone in his dilemma
by Andrei Medina | Mar 14, 2017
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It’s not looking good for actor-turned-politician Cesar Montano, who was recently slapped with multiple accusations by his employees under the Department of Tourism.

Montano was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) by the President himself last December.

Barely three months into the post, he's now facing a formal complaint that was sent directly by unnamed TPB employees to the Presidential Action Center on March 1.

It cited several instances when Montano allegedly abused his position, using government funds inappropriately, entering into questionable contracts, and practicing nepotism.

Montano, for his part, denied all these allegations and told CNN Philippines that this was just a demolition job against him and the Duterte administration.

“Without proof, anyone can easily fabricate stories with the sole purpose of destroying the credibility of the agency and this administration,” he said.

Looking back, he wasn’t the only actor-politician who was involved in a similar mess. Some were even jailed and ousted from their government positions.

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Here’s a short list of actor-politcians who have been involved in public scandals:

1) Bong Revilla

Before going into politics, the younger Revilla was a local action star known for the Panday movie franchise.

He then made his way to public office and became vice governor, and eventually governor of Cavite in the late ‘90s. In 2004, Revilla was voted into the Senate.

Revilla’s downfall came in June 2014, when he surrendered to the Sandiganbayan, after the court had issued a warrant of arrest against him for his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam. He is currently detained at Camp Crame.

2) Joey Marquez

Marquez is a former PBA player who became an actor-comedian, banking on his charisma to secure a position in the government by serving as mayor of Parañaque City from 1995 to 2004.

Later on in his political career, he was accused of approving the controversial purchase of brooms during his time as mayor. Fortunately for the funny man, he was cleared from the cases by the Supreme Court in 2009.


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3) Jinggoy Estrada

Like Revilla, Jinggoy started his career as an action star, had movies from the 1980s until 2009, and eventually won a Senate seat in 2004 after serving as San Juan City’s mayor for nearly a decade.

Estrada was then implicated in the 2013 pork barrel scam with his close friend. In June 2014, he chose to surrender first to his dad, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and then to the Philippine National Police. He is also detained at Camp Crame.

4) ER Ejercito

Jorge Estragan is the nephew of Erap Estrada. He was known for his  ‘80s films and a string of recent Metro Manila Filmfest action flicks. In between, Ejercito managed to become the mayor of Pagsanjan, Laguna and Governor of the province from 2010 to 2014.

However, his term was cut short after the Commission on Elections, acting on an electoral protest, decided that he overspent during the 2013 midterm elections. There was a tense standoff after Ejercito initially refused to give up his position, but Erap convinced him to step down.

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5) Alma Moreno

'Loveliness' was a sexy star in the industry during the ‘70s and ‘80s, headlining a number of risqué films. She transitioned to politics, campaigning for mayor of Parañaque in 2004 but failed. Finally, she succeeded as councilor of the city in 2007.

Two years later, she was slapped with an estafa case after the agency she hired in previous elections claimed that she had issued a bouncing check worth P390,000 as payment. Moreno has admitted her mistake in the incident and was granted a P30,000 bail by the Parañaque Prosecutor’s Office.

6) Joseph Estrada

The only Filipino actor to have attained the highest position in the land, Erap had already starred in a handful of local films before entering politics as mayor of San Juan from 1969 to 1986. He became a senator in 1987, and was vice president from 1992 to 1998, until he was elected as the country’s 13th President during the 1998 elections.

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As President, Estrada was known for launching an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. But his presidency was cut short by an impeachment trial on corruption allegations that sparked 'EDSA People Power 2' and booted him out of the Palace.

Estrada was then sentenced to life imprisonment by the Sandiganbayan for his plunder case in 2007. His successor, then-Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, decided to pardon him. This allowed him to run once again for the country’s top post in 2010.

Although he lost, he was at a close second behind Benigno Aquino III. He eventually won the 2016 elections and currently serves as Manila mayor.


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