Manny Villar won't run in 2016, son says

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 09 2015 08:43 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2015 04:43 AM

MANILA - Las Pinas Rep. Mark Villar on Friday ended speculations that his father, former Senator Manny Villar, will be seeking either the House speakership or a Senate seat in the 2016 elections.

"No. No, definitely not. My father's definitely not running next election," he said. "Magnenegosyo, nag-eenjoy naman sa negosyo. I think he will be staying in the business for a while."

Congressman Villar himself opted to seek a 3rd term as congressman instead of running for the Senate, where his mother already has a seat.

Villar said his family supports his decision. His wife, DIWA Rep. Emmeline Aglipay Villar, just gave birth to their first child.

He believes it is not yet his time to run for the Senate.

Villar also expressed belief their Nacionalista Party (NP) will stay intact despite having 3 members--Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV, Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr.--running for the vice-presidency.

"Yes, it's a very unique circumstance ngayon kaya nagco-consult kami sa lahat ng members," he said. "Wala pang party stand."

Villar also said the NP may declare a "free zone" in the presidential race.

He said he is trying to convince Taguig Rep. Lino Cayetano to run for the Senate.

The NP currently has 5 senators and around 200 local officials nationwide, including 25 congressmen.