Vilma Santos-Recto says she 'may run for Senate or retire'

RG Cruz and Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 13 2021 06:51 PM | Updated as of Sep 13 2021 08:34 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - Deputy House Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto said Monday she may run for the Senate or retire from politics in 2022.

“As of now, I’m still discerning on my plans for 2022. I may run for the Senate or retire from politics," the veteran actress who is currently Batangas 6th District Rep. told ABS-CBN News.

Sen. Grace Poe earlier in the day hinted at Santos-Recto's possible Senate bid in next year's national elections.

Poe dropped the hint during the Senate session as she thanked her colleagues who voted in favor of a bill renaming Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue, an ode to her late father.

As Poe thanked Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto for his affirmative vote, she casually said: "Ang asawa ni Sen. Ralph Recto, na magiging senador natin, na si Vilma Santos."

(The wife of Sen. Ralph Recto and who will also be our senator, Vilma Santos.)

Sen. Recto, who has served two consecutive terms in the Senate, earlier said that his wife is considering a possible senatorial bid next year.

"That’s a possibility. We’ve been discussing that here in the house if she wants to run for the Senate. She might run for the Senate. I might take her place in the House as well," he told ANC's Headstart in July.

In her message Monday, Santos-Recto said she is still praying over her plans.

She is just on her 2nd term as congresswoman. She has principally authored 147 bills, co-authored 32 bills, and pushed for the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise.

Recto said that he and his wife would back the presidential candidacy of either Sen. Panfilo Lacson or Manila City Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso.

Poe is rumored to be running as Domagoso's vice president, but has yet to give a formal announcement about her political plans.

"We belong to a political party We will discuss that in the party and see where it leads us," said Recto, who, along with his wife, are members of the Nacionalista Party led by the Villar family.

Mark Villar, son of Sen. Cynthia Villar, has been named as among the senatorial candidates of the ruling party PDP-Laban next year.

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