Vilma speaks up on son Luis's political plans

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2013 01:17 PM | Updated as of May 16 2013 09:17 PM

Luis Manzano and Vilma Santos. File photo

MANILA, Philippines -- Re-elected Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto said she is neither encouraging nor discouraging her son Luis Manzano about joining politics in the future.

"I am not encouraging him because I know it's not easy. But look nasaan ba ako ngayon?," Santos-Recto said in an interview on ANC's "Headstart" hosted by Karen Davila on Thursday.

But the award-winning actress admitted that she and her son have talked about his plans for the future, including possibly going into public service.

"I asked Lucky, 'Someday are you interested in public service?' ...Sabi nya, 'Yes, mom. Lumaki ako na nakikita trabaho mo." Sabi ko again, 'Just in case na gugustuhuin mong pumasok sa politika sa public service, anak, it is no joke. Mayroon kang isasakripisyo,'" Santos-Recto told Davila.

"So just in case na pipilin ni Lucky na magsilbi din, hindi ko i-encourage at hindi ko din idi-discourgage dahil may fulfillment din naman sa totoong buhay ang pagsisilbi," she said.

Manzano, now 32, is Santos-Recto's son with former husband Edu Manzano.

The younger Manzano is currently the host of the game shows "Minute to Win It" and "Kapamilya Deal or No Deal" on ABS-CBN. He also appeared in the last year's box office hit, "This Guy's in Love With You Mare" with Vice Ganda and Toni Gonzaga.

Last year, Manzano admitted that he wants to “explore” the world of politics but said he still has to weigh the demands of being a public servant while having a thriving career in show business.

Manzano believes that because of his mother's many years in public service, he has, by association, also earned a degree of public trust.

On political dynasties

Asked by Davila on her stand on the issue of political dynasties, Santos-Recto said: "Diskriminasyon naman 'yan, huwag naman. Kasi what if kung from lolo, anak, apo, apo sa tuhod and they want to serve and they are serving well at ibinioboto ng tao, what can you do? Ano ang magagawa mo doon?" she said.

"Kung sasabihin 'yung mga walang pera at hindi makakalaban sa may pera I think 'yan ang responbilid ng political parties. It's about time na maghanap tayo ng new breed na may talent, kakayanan at can be a good leader. Bigyan natin sila ng pagkakataong maipakilala sa tao. That's the only way na magbigay tayo ng pagkakataon sa lahat.

"We can't control yung dynasty kasi ibinobioto ng tao. But if you can hone new people, new leaders na may kakayanan, ito ang kunin niyo at i-train at ipakilala sa tao. That I think responsiblidad 'yan ng political parties," she explained.

Santos-Recto has been proclaimed Batangas for a third and final term after a landslide victory over her opponent Marcos Mandanas.