Vilma Santos: No more politics after 2016
Multi-awarded actress and Batangas governor Vilma Santos-Recto said on Wednesday that after 2016, she will not be running for a higher position.
“After this time, wala po akong political plan… andito ako sa Balayan regarding scholarship; this is my focus now. So hindi ko po priority yan, para pag-isipin o magplano regarding a national position,” Santos-Recto said in a Radyo Inquirer interview.
(After this time, I do not have political plans yet. I’m here in Balayan for a scholarship program; this is my focus now. So to consider or plan for a higher position is not my priority.)
She also said that she is not entertaining feelers urging her to run for vice president under the administration party.
“Puro usap-usapan, pero yung sasabihin niyo pong formal dialogue, wala naman pong ganyan… May mga nagpapasabi (urging Santos to run for higher position) pero I do not consider that formal, so I don’t entertain it,” the actress-politician said.
(They are all rumors and no formal dialogue took place. There are feelers but I don’t consider that formal, so I don’t entertain it.)
Presumptive Liberal Party bet Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said that he is open to the possibility of running with Santos-Recto.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, said that the actress-politician would be a “good choice” for vice president due to her clean track record.
Santos-Recto said that she will channel her efforts in helping her husband, Senator Ralph Recto, win a second term. She is also focused on finishing a still-untitled Star Cinema movie with Angel Locsin and Xian Lim.
The “Star for All Seasons” is now on her third and final term as governor of Batangas. She thanked Batangueños for placing their trust in her.
“Malaki ang utang na loob ko sa Batangueño na ako ay pinagkatiwalaan at nakatapos po ng siyam na taon. At ngayon po ay nasa huling termino na ako bilang Gobernador. Maraming maraming salamat po sa tiwala,” she said.
(I am thankful to all Batangueños for their trust in me for the past nine years. I am now in my last term as governor. Thank you very much for the trust.)
Before she became the governor of Batangas, she first served as the first female mayor of Lipa City, winning three consecutive terms. With Angeli Mae S. Cantillana/Inquirer.net trainee