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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Luis Manzano says Vilma Santos not ready for higher government post

LUIS Manzano agreed that his mother, Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, is not yet ready to run for higher government position.

Santos is one of the three personalities reportedly being considered by the ruling Liberal Party to be the vice presidential bet of Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

Santos said in one interview that she is not interested in the vice presidency.

"Mas gusto ni Mommy (na) mas hands-on. Hindi siya yung tumakbong mayor para tumakbong senador, para tumakbong presidente. Hindi iyon ang diskarte niya," Manzano said at "The Voice Kids" press conference.

The television host added: "Tumakbo siyang mayor because gusto niyang manilbihan bilang mayor. After that, tumakbo siyang governor dahil gusto niyang manilbihan bilang governor. Kumbaga, si Mommy ayaw niyang gawin stepping stone lang yun."

Manzano recalled his mother was hesitant to run for governor in 2007 because Ricky Recto, brother of her husband, Senator Ralph Recto, was the incumbent vice governor.

Ricky was also eyeing the gubernatorial post at the time.

Manzano said Santos only wants to serve the people, adding her track record speaks for itself.

"Ang mommy ko talaga, it's not about running for higher office. It's about being able to serve. The fact na pinag-aagawan siya shows public trust. It shows faith. It shows that my mom is doing an excellent job. So, I'm very thankful for that," he said.

Manzano, meanwhile, is still undecided on whether he will run in Lipa City, where his mother was mayor from 1998 to 2007.

"Kapag gumising ako na naramdaman ko na it's about time to serve, yes! Kaya kong sabihing handa na ako. Which is why it's taking me a bit too long (to decide)," he said.

Asked if he's willing to shell out money for his campaign, he jokingly replied: "Oo, pero ang problema baka isang barangay lang ang makakampanyahan ko kapag ganun." (Sunnex)

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