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Toni Gonzaga reflects on lesson from the elections: Stand up for what you believe is right

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Former Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) host Toni Gonzaga shared the lesson she picked up after the grueling election season.

“In the end…. Stand up for what you believe is right. Even if it means standing up…. Alone,” Toni said in an Instagram post.

She received messages of support from her friends in the industry.

Mariel Padilla, wife of senatorial frontrunner Robin Padilla congratulated Toni, who was a frequent guest during UniTeam’s rallies.

“Bilib na bilib kami sayo. Mas lalo kami humanga sayo. YOU ARE ONE OF A KIND!!!! Congratulations” Mariel commented.

Karla Estrada, meanwhile, assured Toni that she will never stand alone.

Jerika Ejercito said, “We are right behind you. 31 million of us.”

Toni left PBB after being the reality show’s host for 16 years. She was met with criticisms when she hosted UniTeam’s proclamation rally to kick off the campaign period.

[RELATED: Toni Gonzaga nagpaalam na sa PBB]

Former colleagues expressed their disappointment when they heard Toni introduce Rep. Rodante Marcoleta during the program. He was among the lawmakers who voted against the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise.

“From witnessing all my co-hosts transition from housemates to PBB hosts are just some of the best moments in my life sa bahay ni Kuya! Today I am stepping down as your main host. I know Bianca and the rest of the hosts will continue the PBB legacy,” Toni said.

“It has been my privilege to greet you all with ‘Hello Philippines’ and ‘Hello World’ for the last 16 years. I will forever cherish the memories, big nights, and moments in my heart. Thank you, Kuya for everything. This is your angel, now signing off,” Toni said.

Marcoleta later withdrew from the senatorial race; citing poor performance in surveys.

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Toni shares photo with Andrew E, ‘Sabay Sabay! Bagong Pilipinas!’

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Former Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) host Toni Gonzaga shared an Instagram post showing her with Andrew E, with the caption “Sabay Sabay! Bagong Pilipinas!”

Both were among the top supporters of the UniTeam group of Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos and Sara Duterte-Carpio during the campaign period.

Toni’s post has received more than 253,000 likes and talks has it that he’s possibly the next celebrity guest on Toni Talks.

As expected,  many fellow BBM-Sara Duterte supporters laud the two for their significant role in the campaign sorties of the UniTeam; even calling the two sa a ‘powerful duo.’

Stand up for what you believe is right

In a previous post on IG, Toni shared the lesson she picked up after the grueling election season.

“In the end…. Stand up for what you believe is right. Even if it means standing up…. Alone,” Toni said in an Instagram post; to which fellow supporters reacted. “We are right behind you, 31 million of us.”

[Read: Presumptive Pres. Bongbong Marcos cites Paul Soriano, Toni Gonzaga’s valuable help during campaign}

In a short clip that Paul shared on Instagram, former Sen. Marcos expressed gratitude to Paul and Toni for the important roles that they played during his campaign.

President-elect Marcos Jr. said it was Toni, through her YouTube interview, that started his campaign.

“We should congratulate them for the fine work that they did. In front of me is Ms. Toni Gonzaga. Sabi ko sa kaniya kanina, siya ang nag-start ng kampanya na ito. Kasi nung pumutok ‘yung kaniyang interview sa akin, syempre kinriticize ‘yun. Ang tapang-tapang nito,” he said backthen.

[Read: President-elect Bongbong Marcos asks for prayers, promises to strive for perfection}

After being proclaimed as duly-elected 17th President of the Philippines before Congress, President-elect Marcos, Jr. has asked Filipinos to pray for him.

“I ask you all, pray for me, wish me well. I want to do well because when a president does well, the country does well. And I want to do well for this country,” he said.

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President-elect Bongbong Marcos asks for prayers, promises to strive for perfection

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After being proclaimed as duly-elected 17th President of the Philippines before Congress, President-elect Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. has asked Filipinos to pray for him.

“I ask you all, pray for me, wish me well. I want to do well because when a president does well, the country does well. And I want to do well for this country,” he said.

President-elect Marcos secured a landslide victory after receiving more than 31 million votes.

“To have received over 31 million votes from our countrymen is as valuable expression of trust as can be had by anyone in public life. And so for that I thank our people,” the former senator said.

“I am humbled because for anyone in public service or in a public life, the most valuable thing you may receive from a fellow citizen is their vote. Because embedded in that vote are their hopes and their aspirations for the future. But also embedded in that vote are the trust and the confidence that they give to you to take them to that aspirational future.”

He also vowed to strive for perfection during his term and asked the people to unite as one country.

“Beyond that, I promise you that we may not be perfect but we will always strive to perfection. Thank you very much. Magtulungan tayo para sa isang bayan na mapayapa at nagkakaisa. Mahal natin ang Pilipinas. May God bless the Philippines.”

Meanwhile, Malacanang has congratulated President-elect Marcos and his running mate Vice President-elect Sara Duterte.

“We congratulate Mr. Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. and Ms. Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio on their electoral victory and for their proclamation as President-elect of the Philippines and Vice President-elect of the Philippines, respectively,” presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar said.

“As both leaders are about to embark on the responsibilities and challenges of their respective offices, we reiterate our call for our people to stand behind our newly elected leaders.”

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Karen Davila on senator-elect Robin Padilla’s decision to leave showbiz: ‘Good move’

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ABS-CBN anchor Karen Davila gave a thumbs up on senator-elect Robin Padilla’s decision to quit show business to focus on his newfound role.

Robin told ABS-CBN that “Mistah 2” will be his last movie.

[RELATED: Padilla quitting showbiz to focus on job as senator; vows to push for reforms]

“Mahalaga sa akin magtrabaho na ako para pagtuunan ang mga reporma sa batas,” he said. “Last movie ko na ‘yon. Mananatili na lang ‘yung show ko sa TV. Pero sa showbiz, last ko na ‘yon.”

In a tweet, Karen said this is a good move.

“GOOD MOVE Sen Robin Padilla. Winning showbiz candidates should stop treating the senate like a bonus or just a stature post. Let us demand they do the work, show up and be active. The Filipino people deserve no less.”

In his speech during the Commission on Election’s proclamation of winning senators, Robin thanked everyone who trusted him.

“Iyon pong 26 milyon na mga bumoto sa akin, naniniwala sila sa aking plataporma at iyon po ang reporma sa ating Saligang Batas. Hinihingi ko po sa inyo, mga kapatid ko sa Senado, atin pong bigyan ng pagkakataon ang reporma,” Robin said.

He added that his Senate win is a symbol of the unity between Muslims and Christians.

“Ang aking pagkapanalo ay isang simbolo ng pagkakaisa ng mga Muslim at Kristiyano. Sa loob ng matagal na panahon, halos umabot ng 30 taon, wala pong Muslim na naging senador na.”

Senator-elect Padilla topped the 2022 senatorial race with more than 26 million votes.

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