- Multi-awarded actor Arjo Atayde has filed his Certificate Of Candidacy for congressman of the First District of Quezon City
- Accompanying him when he went to the Commission on Election (COMELEC) office in Intramuros, Manila were Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and his parents, businessman Art Atayde and actress Sylvia Sanchez
- The 30-year-old actor and civic leader will be running as an independent candidate
- He said that his experience during the height of the health crisis convinced him to run for public office
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Arjo Atayde filed his Certificate Of Candidacy (COC) today to run for representative of the First District of Quezon City.
He said that his experience during the pandemic made him realized he could do more if he were a public official.
In an interview with reporters, he said that the ongoing health crisis made him realize that he could do more as a government official than as an actor.
“Itong pandemya, ang dami kong na-realize na mga bagay-bagay, and this time I have to act not as an actor but I have to act bilang serbisyo sa ating mga taga-distrito uno,” Arjo revealed to reporters.
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He also said that he's already exposed to politics as he has relatives occupying elective positions.
Arjo then said that his interest in politics began since he was still in high school.
However, he thinks no one would believe him if he says that because it's only now he's starting to engage himself in politics.
The multi-awarded actor said that the Filipino people deserve sincere public servants.
Juan Carlos Campo Atayde, more popularly known as Arjo Atayde, is a Pinoy actor. He was born on November 5, 1990, to businessman Art Atayde and actress Sylvia Sanchez in Manila, Philippines. The actor is currently under Star Magic and Viva Artists Agency. Arjo appeared in various movie flicks and TV series, particularly as antagonist Joaquin Tuazon in FPJ's Ang Probinsyano. He is the older brother of Ria, Gela, and Xavi. He entered showbiz at the age of 9 with the kiddie variety show, Ang TV. He stopped, however, when his taping schedules interfered with his academics.
Arjo became the subject of discussion last month of showbiz reporter Ogie Diaz and Mama Loi in their vlog that discussed the incident in Baguio City involving the actor. It can be recalled that Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that the actor, who tested positive for COVID-19, left Baguio without permission. Ogie and Mama Loi then shared Arturo Atayde's reaction to the issue. According to Arturo, he needed to be rushed to a hospital in Manila to see his physician.
For her part, the actor's GF, Maine Mendoza, expressed hopes that people will not pass judgment based only on what they read on social media. The actress said this in reply to a netizen questioning why she appeared to tolerate the alleged wrongdoing of her boyfriend, Arjo Atayde. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong has ordered an investigation into Arjo's alleged violation of the health protocols while doing a shoot in the city. Meanwhile, Arjo's production outfit has issued an official statement regarding the incident and explained why they had to rush the actor back to Manila without informing the Baguio City government.