Aiko Melendez, kinumpirmang sasabak uli sa politika: “I’m running for Congress”

Aiko Melendez, kinumpirmang sasabak uli sa politika: “I’m running for Congress”

- Aiko Melendez confirms that she is going back to public service and this time, she will be running for Congress

- The actress said she will throw her hat in the political race for Congress in District 5 of Quezon City

- She revealed that before she made her decision to run, a lot of people, including NGOs and former politicians, went to her to convince her to go back to public service

- Aiko is not a stranger to politics, having ran and won three times as councilor in District 2 of Quezon City from 2001 until 2010

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Aiko Melendez has confirmed she is running as congresswoman of the 5th District of Quezon City in the coming 2022 elections.

Aiko Melendez, kinumpirmang sasabak uli sa politika: “I’m running for Congress”
Photo: Aiko Melendez (@aikomelendez)
Source: Instagram

The actress is no stranger to Philippine politics, particularly in the realm of legislative work, having been a councilor for three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2010.

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Bombo Radyo reported that she revealed her intention of running for Congress during a news conference.

“I'm going back to being a public servant,” Aiko declared to members of the media during a zoom news conference last Thursday.

According to a report by the Manila Bulletin, the actress wants to represent Quezon City's District 5.

“District 5 ng Quezon City po ang aking tatakbuhan po kung saan nagserbisyo din po ako ng siyam na taon bilang councilor po,” Aiko added.

She then revealed that she and her boyfriend, Zambales Vice Governor Jay Khonghun, talked about the possibility of Aiko again throwing her hat in the political arena.

“Actually, ang haba ng usapan namin. In fact, yung mga taong kumakausap sa akin mula sa Quezon City, si Vice Governor ang kinakausap more than me bago kami makapagdesisyon ng kung anuman,” Aiko said.

In an ABS-CBN report, Aiko disclosed that former politicians and NGO members in Quezon City also talked to her to convince her to run.

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“So, napag-usapan namin na since ang daming taong nagkukumbinsi sa akin to run, and kahit naman nung wala pang pandemic, I've always been behind the scenes, di ba, sa pagseserbisyo sa bayan, it has always been my first love,” Aiko said, adding that she has decided to run this coming election.

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Mary Aiko Shimoji Melendez, better known as Aiko Melendez, is a Pinay actress, model, and former politician. She was born on December 16, 1975 to actor Jimi Melendez, real name Jim Shinoji, and Elsie Castañeda, now Blardony. Aiko first entered showbiz as a child star in the 80’s under Regal Films. Movies she starred in include Santa Claus is Coming to Town. She rose to prominence and earned awards for her role in the movies May Minamahal, Sa ‘yo Lamang, and Kahit Kailan.

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Lately, Aiko took to Instagram and showed how proud she is of her son Andre. She said that there were so many trials and dramas that took place but Andre made it through. He graduated from Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati with a course in Automobile Mechanic. The actress thanked Andre because he kept his promise, “Graduate ka na.”

About two months ago, Aiko shared in her vlog how she once experienced being "hopia" when she thought that her boyfriend would propose. The actress revealed that during their third-year anniversary, she felt so kilig due to the lovely setup. At that point, she felt and expected that her boyfriend would already propose to her. However, such was not the case and Aiko felt, “Napahiya” back then, but a recent vlog of the couple revealed that her boyfriend plans to marry her this year.

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