Vilma Santos shrugs off vice presidency talk

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2013 11:33 AM | Updated as of May 17 2013 06:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto said she's not yet thinking on running for higher office in the upcoming elections in 2016.

"Three years pa akong magta-trabaho as governor. I am not even dreaming to become the vice president," Santos-Recto said in an interview on ANC's "Headstart" hosted by Karen Davila on Thursday.

"Ang third term ko maguumpisa pa lang sa July 1st at bago ko isipin 'yan ay iisipin ko muna kung paano ako ga-graduate ng maganda itong last term ko sa Batangas," Santos-Recto said, adding that her target is to make Batangas one of the top three provinces, "if not number one."

The award-winning-actress-turned-politician has been proclaimed Batangas for a third and final term after a landslide victory over her opponent Marcos Mandanas.

Santos-Recto said her latest victory could mean Batangas voters see that she is doing "something good."

"Baka 'yung klase ng serbisyo na binibigay ko sa kanila ay 'yung serbisyong nararamdaman. Although I'm not promising heaven and earth, the important thing is we work together. Hindi pwede puro gobyerno," she explained.

"Maybe isang plus factor ng pagiging effective ko as public servant ay I have good people around me. I have a team partner, ang Sangguniang Panlalawigan. So with the team work that we have and the relationship that we have, anytime na may request ako regarding my priority program, ilalapit ko sa kanila. Iisa ang vision namin. Hindi nila ako pinahihirapan right away kaya ang bilis ng implementasyon ng aksyon sa pangangailangan ng Batangueño," Santos-Recto added.

Defending Ralph

In the interview, Santos-Recto also defended her husband, Senator Ralph Recto, on accusations that he is one of the jueteng protectors in the province.

"Diyos ko naman. Mas kilala ko naman po ang asawa ko. Siguro hindi kami tatagal ng 27 years kung may ganyang ugali ang asawa ko. Modesty aside, wala pong record ang pamilya naming sugarol," she said.

As governor, she stressed that she doesn't tolerate any form of gambling in Batangas.

"Alam po 'yan ng mga mayors namin. Any form of gambling, including jueteng -- at alam po yan ng PNP -- I always tell them -- kahit kilala ko at lalapit sa akin -- I assure you hindi ko kakampihan yan. Even sa mayors ko sinasabi ko I'm not encouraging jueteng, I'm not tolerating any form of gambling. Ngayon kapag ginagawa niyo 'yan sa mga lugar niyo dont dare lalapit kayo sa akin because I won't lift a finger," she said.