| Edu Manzano continues his scheduled campaign sorties despite the death of his brother. Photo by Kristine Servando, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak
PAMPANGA, Philippines – Despite the recent death of his brother, Lakas-Kampi-CMD vice presidential bet Edu Manzano still decided to continue his scheduled campaign sorties in Bataan and Pampanga on Wednesday.
Though he seemed all smiles and in a joking mood as he addressed a crowd of Lakas local officials in San Fernando, Manzano turned emotional when he talked about the death in the United States of his 64-year-old brother, Adrian “Dicky” Manzano.
Manzano, 10 years younger than Adrian, said he was campaigning in Davao on Tuesday afternoon when he received the sad news of his elder brother’s death last Monday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time.
“Mula po sa pag-antay na magsimula ang [Sukatan 2010 vice presidential] forum, hanggang sa 3 oras pong ako’y nakaupo, hindi ko pa mai-alis sa aking isipan ang aking kapatid, si Dick Manzano… at hindi po kailangang sabihin na mahal na mahal ko ang aking kapatid,” he said.
[From the time I waited for the forum to start, to the 3 hours that I was sitting, I couldn’t push away thoughts of my brother Dick Manzano… and it goes without saying that I love my brother.]
Adrian, an accountant, reportedly died of aortic aneurysm, a heart disorder.
He had been confined at a hospital in Torrance City for 2 weeks prior to his death, according to a statement released by Manzano's camp.
He is survived by his wife, Gina Magsaysay del Rosario, their daughter Rosemarie and 2 grandchildren.
He said Dick was an avid supporter of Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilberto Teodoro Jr. and served as Edu Manzano’s campaign manager in California.
Manzano told abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak in an interview that he will take a break from campaigning after plans for his brother’s interment are finalized in Los Angeles.
“It depends on the plans or decisions of [Dick’s] immediate family and his children. So we will be guided accordingly,” he said.
In a press statement, Manzano's only sister Gigi said Adrian's remains will be cremated.
|Edu Manzano continues his scheduled campaign sorties despite the death of his brother. Photo by Kristine Servando, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak
Lakas slate to take up cudgels
Teodoro told reporters later on that the slate would “carry the cudgels” for Manzano in his absence.
“Nagpapaalam nga sa akin eh. Eh siyempre namatay ang kapatid niya alangan naman hindi mo payagang puntahan,” the Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential bet said.
(He was asking me for permission. Of course, his brother died, why wouldn’t I allow him?)
Manzano assured, however, that he will be there for the home stretch of the 2010 elections, with less than a month to go before May 10.
Jokes about Luis, Vilma
Earlier in his speech, Manzano had seemed in a lighter mood as he cracked jokes about how his son, actor Luis Manzano, was lucky enough to inherit good qualities.
“He is talented, mabait, magalang, graduate, magandang lalaki. Lahat niyan ay namana sa akin... Walang namana sa nanay (Vilma Santos). I’m just joking,” he said, prompting laughs from the audience.
At the San Fernando sortie, he reiterated his support for Teodoro, the 6 Lakas-Kampi-CMD senatorial candidates, and other local bets under the ruling administration party.
Teodoro and Manzano flew in to Pampanga from Bataan by two separate choppers and were met by a small crowd of Kapampangan supporters and around 500 mayors and barangay officials allegedly loyal to Lakas-Kampi-CMD. (abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak)