AKBAYAN party-list nominee Atty. Kaka Bag-ao on Thursday took the cudgels for celebrities endorsing candidates in the May 10, 2010 elections, saying not all of the actors are endorsing the candidates for money but out of convictions.

“Comelec must further clarify the implementing rules of RA 9006 that calls for the resignation of entertainment and media personalities or artists endorsing political candidates because some of these people are not in it for the money but because they fully believe in the candidate’s platforms,” said Bag-ao.

Bag-ao made the statement a day after Comelec commissioner Rafel Rafanan revealed that they will ask employers of these artists and media personalities to suspend employment during the duration of the campaign period.

“Take Kris Aquino for example, she is definitely endorsing her brother, but she is not doing it to earn money,” Bag-ao noted. “Kris is an artist who earns her keep through her TV shows and stopping her from doing those shows I believe is against her right to an employment.”

“Tatanggalin ba natin ang hanap-buhay ng mga taong nag-endorso sa mga kandidato,” Bag-ao asked.

Other than Kris, artists and actors who are endorsing candidates are Dolphy, Sarah Geronimo, Michael V, Willie Revillame, Manny Pacquiao, Richard Gutierrez, Rivermaya, Gloc-9, Gary V and his family, Vilma Santos, Boy Abunda, Sharon Cuneta, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Anne Curtis, Erik Santos, Bea Alonzo, Gretchen Barretto, Mariel Rodriguez, Sitti, Pooh, Kim Chiu, Kris Bernal, Aljur Abrenica, Lorna Tolentino, Aiko Melendez and Eddie Garcia.

“I am also asking these endorsers to carefully choose whom they will endorse because just like the candidates they are also responsible to the public,” Bag-ao stressed.