|Batangas Governor Vilma Santos and son, actor Luis Manzano. File photo
MANILA, Philippines – Batangas governor and actress Vilma Santos said she was not surprised when her son, host-actor Luis Manzano, expressed desire to run for public office in the future.
In an interview with Push.com.ph, Santos said she saw Manzano’s decision coming, considering that she has been a public servant herself for 14 years.
“Tinanong ko siya kung someday interesado ba siya, sabi niya, ‘Yes why not?’ Imagine 14 years na ako as a public servant so yung anak kong isa 15 years old si Ryan yun na yung kinalakihan. So 14 years si Lucky yun ang nakikitang trabaho ko. So siguro kahit papano na-i-inspire siya,” she said.
Santos also said she has reminded Manzano that he should be ready to sacrifice his showbiz career if he enters politics.
“Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Anak just in case papasukin mo yan, gusto ko prepared siya and kung handa na siyang i-sakripisyo yung career niya kasi po yung trabahong ito, sakripisyo. Na-sacrifice ang movie career ko,’” she said.
Santos, however, said she does not regret anything because it is fulfilling to know that the people trust her.
“But again no regrets kasi iba rin yung fulfillment ng isang public servant na pinagkakatiwalaan ka ng tao ng wala ang camera at walang bayad at naniniwala sa iyo na may magagawa ka for them and then may nagawa ka for them, yung pasasalamat nilang yun, yun ang priceless eh. So legacy yun eh,” she said.
Last September, Manzano said the thought of running for public office has crossed his mind.
Manzano also said he is considering the idea of running for the Lipa City mayor post in the upcoming 2013 election since a big part of him is longing for public service.