When Deputy Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Arnell Ignacio quit his post, it wasn’t because he had political plans. In fact, in a gathering with showbiz writers recently, he dissed those that had been spreading rumors he’d be seeking an elective post.
Arnell said, “I think I was able to serve the people in many ways I could in the past years that the President (Rodrigo Duterte) has appointed me to first the Pagcor and second to OWWA. I think I’d like to go back to being a private citizen again, and when there would be offers for me to go back to show business, I’d seriously consider them.”
During the informal meet, he revealed that he would be working as a friend to ensuring the Juan Movement Party List get a seat in the Congress. He introduced us to his friend Nico Valencia, one of three nominees, in the Party list and his wife Zyrene, a former singer with Viva Entertainment Group.
Arnell said that the he’s supporting this partly list for what it wants to achieve and that is to bring about the rise of a “new Juan” – honest, honorable, and can truly be depended upon, and to create new leaders, “the young Juans, in whose hands lie the hope of the land.”
No, Arnell is not a nominee. In fact, the other two are Jun Llave and Mark Boado. The singer-comedian and former public servant told us that he has been a friend to the members of this movement, and he believes in what they represent.
“They want to create laws that will promote citizen-focused and community-base national development that caters to the needs of the new Filipinos,” Arnell said. “I think this kind of thinking is what is lacking in most of our public servants.”
Does he think of going back to public service again?
“At this point, no muna siguro (not yet). I think I have to pick the pieces of my career as a singer and comedian and also focus on my family and business. Alam mo na pag nasa gobyerno ka, abonado ka pa (You know when you’re in government, you have to spend your own money)!” he said laughing.