Santiago endorses businessman Manny V. Pangilinan for president
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago endorsed businessman Manny V. Pangilinan for president in 2016 in a speech in Quezon City on Wednesday.
“I want you to think about Mr. Manny Pangilinan for president of the Republic of the Philippines,” Santiago said when she spoke during the Maynilad Leadership Talk held at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
Asked later during a press conference if her remark was an endorsement of Pangilinan for President, the senator said: “Yes, it is.”
“It is people like him, who should be elected to positions of leadership. It should not be people from highly publicized career because their careers where they are the leading celebrities might blind them to the fact that their qualifications are sufficient for the job. I’m particularly talking about people from mass media, film and television.
“My qualifications are, number one, the president should be honest but that’s the most difficult qualification to determine because there’s no guaranteed test for honesty in public service. Second is professional excellence and the third is academic excellence,” the senator said.
Santiago, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, has also expressed her desire to run for president if her condition improves.
Asked then about her plan of running for president, the senator said: “Well, just because it is an option for me doesn’t mean I have to close all options. I’m just saying, thinking aloud to the young people what type of candidate I have in mind.”
“Maybe we (can) run a survey in internet and find out what the educated young think about all these circus in politics. Kaya nagiging corrupt kasi wala silang morale character, mahina ang morale character nila dahilan sa kulang ang edukasyon so this all starts with voter education,” she further said.
Maynilad is under the MVP group of companies. Among the other companies that Pangilinan chairs include PLDT, Meralco, Smart, Metro Pacific and TV 5. ID
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