Roxas assures no government funds used, no celebrities paid for music video

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Clip from the 'Fast Forward' video

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Liberal Party (LP) tandem of Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and Rep. Leni Robredo drew flak after their music video titled "Fast Forward" surfaced on social media on Monday (December 7).

The four-minute video showed several celebrities and personalities — such as Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Maricel Soriano, Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon, Angelu de Leon, Carla Abellana, James Yap, Ramon Bautista — expressing their support to Roxas and Robredo.

The song was performed by JayR, Billy Crawford, and Kris Lawrence.

A number of netizens were dismayed with the video and expressed their outrage, believing that taxpayers' money went into the production of the video — particularly to the celebrities that appeared in it.

But Roxas promised — not a single centavo from taxpayers' money was used to pay any of the personalities.

"Absolutely zero government funding was used to produce the video because we did not pay any of the celebrities a single centavo," Roxas said on Thursday (December 10) at CNN Philippines' Town Hall at the FEU Mini Auditorium Technology Building.

"Wala kaming binayaran na kahit sinong celebrity o sinong star o kahit sinong tao na mag-appear doon sa music video."

[Translation: "We did not pay any celebrity or star or person to appear in that music video."]

The presidential candidate said all of the celebrities who participated in the video believe in the "Daang Matuwid" [Straight Path].

"Eto yung mga naniniwala na dapat magpatuloy yung 'Daang Matuwid,'" continued Roxas. "Nakikita nila na malayo na ang narating natin, marami na ang napagtagumpayan natin at nais nila na magpatuloy ang kaunlaran sa ating bansa."

[Translation: "These are the people who believe that the 'Daang Matuwid' should continue. They see that our country has come a long way, that we have succeeded in may areas and they want to see our country to continue progressing."]

The initial telecast of CNN Philippines' Town Hall with Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo airs on December 12 at 8 p.m. on CNN Philippines.