MANILA – Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto stayed firm on her earlier claim that she will not run for vice president in next year’s national elections.
Several members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) tagged Santos if she wanted to be Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II’s running mate in the coming elections but the governor only politely thanked their offers.
Santos maintained that should she seek higher office in 2016, she preferred running as Batangas congresswoman instead. But then again, she had no official political plans yet.
“If you are asking me for any political plans, talagang wala po. I may run, or may not run anymore. Pero ang focus ko po ngayon, sa totoo lang, ay Batangas. Last term ko na po so gusto ko pong grumadweyt with honors,” she said in an interview with DZMM.
(If you are asking me for any political plans, there is really none. I may run, or may not run anymore. But my focus right now, with all honesty, is Batangas. It’s my last term so I want to graduate with honors.)
“But again, I thank them for considering me… Kapag alam ko po na hindi ko kakayanin, and as of now if you will ask me, I am not mentally, physically and emotionally prepared for that. So, ‘yun po ang sitwasyon ko ngayon,” she added.
(But again, I thank them for considering me… When I know that I won’t endure it, and as of now if you will ask me, I am not mentally, physically and emotionally prepared for that. So, that’s my situation right now.)
When asked if she would consider running for senator instead, Santos said that even that post required thorough preparation.
“Ang problema ko po diyan, nasanay po ako ng executive. Mula nang nagsimula ako, nasanay po ako ng administratibo. ‘Pag pinag-usapan na po natin ‘yan, mag-aaral po ulit ‘yan. Legislative na po ‘yan. Paggawa na po ‘yan ng batas. Unlike ‘yung local, administratibo po ito,” she said.
(My problem with that is I’ve been honed in the executive [department]. Since I started, I’ve practiced in the administration. When we talk about that, there is a need to study. That’s legislative. That’s making laws. Unlike the local, this is administrative.)
As the wife of Senator Ralph Recto, Santos shared how blessed she was to have him as her guide as he also respected her decisions.
“Guided niya ako pero ang last say niya ay nasa akin at ‘yun naman ay nirerespeto niya. I respect him too kasi hindi ho niya inooverboard ang decisions ko lalo na personally,” she said.
(He guides me but I have the last say and that’s what he respects. I respect him too because he does not overboard my decisions, especially the personal ones.)