Vilma: I'm not dreaming of presidency

by Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jan 08 2014 10:16 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2014 08:05 AM

MANILA -- Batangas Governor Vilma Santos said she does not dream of becoming the president of the Philippines, noting that she still has other important roles to fill besides being a public servant.

In an interview with Lynda Jumilla on ANC's "Beyond Politics," Santos said it is not easy being the governor of the province of Batangas, let alone be the chief executive of the country.

"Kasi being a public official or servant hindi po madali eh. Dito lang sa Lipa, hirap na hirap ako noon [nung mayor ako], and now my last term as the governor and we're talking about the province already. Now national, the whole of Pilipinas? Naku, I don't envy our President. Not easy. Parang lahat ng gagawin mo may mali, eh pumapatol ako eh, nakikipag-away ako," Santos said.

"So bahala na, pero hindi ko dini-dream [maging president]. Marami akong role sa buhay. I'm still a wife, I'm still a mother," she added.

She said she also wants to give herself some time too, explaining that she has been working since she was 9 years old.

So is Santos closing her doors to the highest position in government?

"It's hard kasi eh. Hindi ko po masabing sarado o bukas... I'll just cross the bridge when I reach it," she said.

She also said she and her husband, Senator Ralph Recto, have yet to talk about their political plans for 2016.

"Ang hirap magsalita ng tapos, baka bumalik sa mukha ko. Pero with all honesty, wala akong political plans. In fact to be honest, hanggang ngayon wala naman kaming pinag-uusapan ni Ralph for 2016," she said.

Offers of becoming vice president

Santos, however, admitted getting offers from some political parties to run for higher office -- the position of vice president.

But in case she decides to run for a higher post, she said she cannot just rely on her name as "Vilma Santos, the actress."

"Kapag pinasok ko ang isang bagay, dapat kahit papaano...kaya kong gawin at kaya kong mag-excel at kapaki-pakinabang ako," she said.

For now, the Star for All Seasons said her priority is to serve her constituents well especially since she is already on her third and last term as governor of Batangas.

"Pag grumaduate ako gusto ko may honor, kung pwede nga summa cum laude eh. Ibig sabihin when I say it, yung masabi nila na 'Governor Vilma Santos served us well.' Syempre hindi naman pwedeng lahat kaya ko pero 'she served us well.' Yun na yung pinaka-medal ko at yun ang focus ko," Santos said.