Did Sonny Angara pay Coco Martin P35m?

“That’s a ridiculous question,” says Tootsy Angara, wife of senatorial candidate Sonny Angara over lunch recently at Cerchiio in Quezon City. “If you only knew how we’re trying to make do with whatever money we could raise for Sonny’s campaign you will just laugh when you hear or read things that we paid Coco Martin.” Tootsy works in the sales department of ABS-CBN where Coco Martin is affiliated with as an artist. “I worked to convince him (Coco) to make a brief endorsement for Sonny. But it wasn’t that easy. At first, it was last year I remember, he said he wouldn’t do endorsements because he didn’t like to be involved too much in politics. But I guess when he heard about what Sonny did as a congressman, he immediately agreed when we talked to him again early this year. And what were the things he liked?”
Sonny Angara and Coco Martin in one sortie
Sonny Angara is a strong believer of free education for everyone. Coco liked that. Sonny authored the Kindergarten Act to give kids from poor families the opportunity to attend schools. The future senator also advocates education for all, especially the youth and those in the entertainment industry to finish their studies. Senior citizens of this country are grateful to him because of the expanded senior citizen program that eliminated VAT in restaurant and medicine bills for them. Isn’t that a big relief, especially if you’re taking maintenance medicine for hypertension or heart condition or diabetes? Coco believes that that law benefits a lot of Filipinos, particularly his grandparents. So, how can Sonny pay Coco P35 million when the actor strongly believes in what he has done as a congressman and what he will do as a senator? Why do we always put a price tag on a person in show business? Can’t he do something out of his own beliefs? By the way, Sonny isn’t a really hard core politician. On  April 13—that’s a Saturday—he tries his hand as a disc jockey. Call him DJ Sonny when he guests on Mila Alora’s show Mornings with M on dwBR (104.3 FM) from 8-9 a.m. replayed on Radyo ng Bayan(738khz) the following day at the same time. No, I guess Sonny will not just talk about his platform, but he will do what is done usually by radio jocks. Well, he is the only senatorial candidate to do so.  And that is a first!  
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