Comelec threat to ban: Oprah, Ellen did it

THE TOP TWO PRESIDENTIAL rivals for the May 10 poll agree on one thing.

One presidential candidate vowed to challenge it before the Supreme Court. Another slammed it as a violation of the freedom of expression. One celebrity said he was saddened by it, while others cried it was unfair.

This was the storm stirred up Thursday by a Commission on Elections (Comelec) threat to throw the book at celebrities and mass media personalities who would endorse any candidate during the current election campaign, unless they resign or go on leave from their radio or television shows or media outfits.

“Did (American TV show hosts) Oprah (Winfrey) and Ellen DeGeneres lose their shows on account of their presidential candidates? This is a democratic country and celebrities have the right to choose their candidates,” Angeli Valenciano, wife of singer Gary Valenciano, said.

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Ellen invites Pinoy YouTube singing sensation duo

American talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres has invited two talented Filipino “bathroom singers” to guest on her popular “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Rin and Roxanne of “Rin on the Rox,” who have become a YouTube sensation, are best buddies who do cover songs inside their bathroom.

“Recently, I found these two singers on the internet. These two girls are singing in the bathroom. So they are  fantastic. If you are watching right now, please, please come on the show if you are watching. We have a wonderful bathroom here… But seriously, you are great. So please, please come on the show if you would like to,” DeGeneres said in a recent episode.

Rin or Erin Paula, 20, and Rox or Roxanne, 21, are based in California, USA. They dream of having a career in singing.

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