The Popularity Factor in Philippine Politics
Politics in the Philippines is not only populated with well educated people ranging from license lawyers, economists, and successful business persons, but also by Philippine Showbiz personalities like the ex-axed Philippine president Joseph “Erap” Estrada, senator Ramon Revilla Sr. and his son Bong Revilla, the ex-Philippine basketball superstar senator Robert Jaworski, the always reelected Lipa Batangas Mayor Vilma Santos, and other showbiz personalities and celebrities that were voted by the Pilipino mass then and now; who are sometimes never graduated college, high school or even grade school or elementary yet have got a seat on the Philippine government surpassing those non-showbiz personalities who are more educated than them.
It seems popularity is a plus factor in Philippine politics if one wanted to run for any government seats that have sure fire support of the Philippine masses. This is politics in the Philippines in terms of choosing a leader to govern the entire Philippine country itself or a part or place in the Philippines.
Though you are buffeted with some negative publicity, if Pilipinos find you popular or you are known personality in the Philippines, still you will get a higher percentage of votes of Pilipinos. But though you are an intelligent and well educated person, if you have not yet made a name among many Pilipinos, for sure you will get a very lesser percentage of votes of Pilipinos.