Spectacle and Substance by Angelica Cruz

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Comedian Ryan Yllana wins a re-election as councilor in Parañaque

Photo from Pinoy News Online

Being a public figure takes an extraordinary display of prowess and appealing character. And in order to secure this kind of superiority or elite status, one must afford to give satisfaction to the general public. For an actor-turned-politician like re-elected Councilor Ryan Yllana, this is something readily taken advantage of.

In 2005, Ryan became active in the entertainment industry. Aside from doing hosting, he also starred in movies under GMA films. But during the 2010 elections, Ryan surprised the public when he announced that he’s running for councilor in Parañaque’s 2nd District.

“It was like a call to public service. And since this is something shared among the family, I decided to run as politician as well,” shared Ryan.

Despite the more operational and complex challenges now accounted to him, the La Salle alumnus decided not to leave showbiz industry. In fact, he was able to make movies with GMA during his first two terms as councilor.

“I don’t see any outright conflict of interest in being a celebrity politician”, Ryan said. “It comes with proper setting of priorities. I’m not that active in my career as celebrity since I engaged in politics because public service is still at the top of my priorities,” he explained.

Ryan, as far as his office is concerned, is very open to people who seek financial assistance. As a matter of fact, there was a woman who came to his office asking for P20 because she had no money left to go back to her family. And there also came another who asked if Ryan could actually sponsor her for her outing with friends.

While a councilor giving financial support may not sound new to us, it must be clear that their job is beyond those entertaining and accommodating people. The seats they have are dedicated to a higher level of service.

Politicians may be known as bearers of bad tidings. So, for another celebrity to engage in politics, we may argue that reputation matters, but not so much as when translated into action. Perhaps it’s not only prestige but unblemished record that helped Ryan secured a second term. And if he plays his cards right, and not get marred by any controversy, he might as well find his place running for a higher post in the next elections to come.

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