MANILA – Luis Manzano said he believes his mother, Batangas Governor Vilma Santos, when she said that she is not interested in running for a higher office.
This after Santos’ name floated as one of the possible running mates of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas in the 2016 elections. Roxas is the administration's standard bearer for the upcoming presidential polls.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News and other reporters on Wednesday, Manzano said his mother did not run for governor in Batangas only to make it a stepping stone for a future higher position in politics.
“Mas gusto ni mommy mas hands-on. Kaya siya minahal ng mga Batagueño kasi hands-on siya. Hindi siya yung tumakbong mayor para tumakbong senator para tumakbong president. Hindi yun ang diskarte niya. Tumakbo siyang mayor because gusto niyang manilbihan bilang mayor and after that as a governor dahil gusto niya manilbihan bilang governor. Kumbaga si mommy, ayaw niyang gawing stepping stone lang yan,” he said.
Manzano said his mother’s decision to enter politics is not for any political ambition.
“Nung tumakbo si mommy as governor, ayaw pa nga niya nung una. It was supposed to be tito Ricky Recto na tatakbo dapat nung time na yun kasi he was the vice governor. Sabi ni mommy, ‘Sige kung tatakbo si Ricky, family first. Hindi ako tatakbo.’ Ibig sabihin, yung mommy ko, talagang it’s not about running for higher office. It’s about being able to serve,” he said.
Nonetheless, Manzano said he is flattered that some people are considering her mother as a possible running mate in 2016.
“The fact na pinag-aagawan siya, it shows public trust, it shows faith. It shows my mom is doing an excellent job so I’m very thankful for that. Yung mga sinasabing manggagamit, alam ko naman na ang iba diyan, iba ang motibo. It’s a given, it’s politics. Pero the fact na gusto nila gamitin ang mommy ko or at least merong may tiwala, it shows na ang ganda ng track record niya sa pulitika,” he said.
Earlier this month, Santos said there is nothing that can change her mind on not running for vice president along with Roxas.
Santos thanked her colleagues in the Liberal Party (LP) for believing that she would be a good vice president.
However, she maintained that in case she decides to run for public office again next year, she would rather run as congresswoman in the province of Batangas.