[WATCH] Daniel Padilla to 'know-it-alls': Shut up if you're not a voter
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Teen King Daniel Padilla, who has been actively campaigning for Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II, had some strong words to say about some social media users who were getting into misunderstandings or conflicts due to being overly passionate about election-related issues. (IN PHOTOS: Stars step out for 'Artists for Mar Roxas' event)
"Siguro sa lahat ng mga boboto ngayon: lahat tayo may opinyon, siyempre. Lahat tayo may opinyon. Hindi naman pare-pareho tayo mag-isip," he told reporters during the "Artists for Mar" gathering, Tuesday, May 3. (READ: The 2016 presidential candidates and their celebrity supporters)
(To all the voters [this is what I can say]: we all have different opinions, of course. We think differently.)
"Pero bago tayo mag-act or may sabihin, make sure na alam natin 'yung sinasabi natin. Huwag tayo masyadong matapang. Make sure na kaya natin i-back up 'yung sinasabi natin."
(Before you act or say something, make sure you know what you're talking about. Let's not be too aggressive. Make sure that whatever you say, you can back it up.)
Daniel also admonished those who are outspoken but happen to be unregistered voters.
"'Di naman pwede tayo salita nang salita and hindi mo naman alam nangyayari sa eleksyon. Marami kasi nagmamagaling sa eleksyon, hindi naman botante, so shut up ka na, hindi ka naman botante," he said.
(Don't keep on talking and talking if you don't know what's going on in the elections. There are so many know-it-alls when it comes to the elections and yet they are not even registered voters. So just shut up if you are not a voter.)
He also reminded undecided voters to get to know the candidates well.
"Sa lahat ng mga bumoboto, ang gusto ko lang sabihin mas maging open-minded sa nangyayari at alamin anong nangyayari ngayong eleksyon dahil napakalapit na."
(To the voters, I just want to say that you must be open-minded and aware of what's going on in the elections because it's fast approaching.)
"Kilalanin natin 'yung susuportahan natin. Kung sino man, hindi pa huli ang lahat para magbago ang desisyon kung kanino man kayo, pero alamin natin ano nangyayari dito," he said.
(Get to know who you're supporting. Whoever they are, it's not too late to change your decision. At least find out what's really happening.)
Daniel also commended Roxas. "Ang tingin ko nga kay Kuya Mar parang martyr. Kasi parang lahat yata ng hindi magawa ng gobyerno, si Sir Mar ang gumagawa, and sa huli, siya pa rin ang nasisisi. 'Di ba at least may ginagawa yung tao?" he said.
(I see Kuya Mar as a martyr. Because it's like all the things the government can't do, Sir Mar does it, but in the end, he's still taking the blame. At least he's doing something, right?)
"Maging open-minded ho tayo. Tao po tayo, hindi machine. May mga utak at puso tayo at dapat malapit tayo sa presidenteng tao ho, hindi sa machine," he said.
(Let's be open-minded about everything. We're humans, not machines. We have minds and hearts, and we should be inclined to vote for a president who is human and not a machine.) – Rappler.com
Editor's Note: In the updated version of this story, we have included the context of the question Daniel Padilla had been answering when he spoke about voters' varying opinions on election-related issues.