MANILA – Actor-director Cesar Montano clarified rumors that he was offered to head either the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) or the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
According to speculations, the public positions were offered by President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to Montano who was a staunch supporter of the current administration.
“Narinig ko nga ‘yan (tsismis). Pero wala, hindi (totoo) (I heard about it. But there’s no truth to it),” the 54-year-old actor-director said in an interview at a press launch.
Montano, who actively campaigned for Duterte in the 2016 presidential elections, asserted that he never expected anything in return for his support.
“Ang sa akin lang naman ay suporta dahil naniwala ako sa kanya… Hanggang ngayon naman naniniwala pa rin ako sa kanya ke may posisyon na ialok o wala,” he added.
(I supported him because I believed in him… Until now, I still believe in him even with or without a position offered.)
Montano, however, admitted that he would not think twice on accepting a government position if any was indeed offered to him.
“Kung ano man ang dumating, kung ano ang ibibigay sa akin ng Presidente, tatanggapin ko nang maligaya. It would be an honor and joy to me kung meron man. Kung wala, okay lang din… I’m willing to help the President,” he said.
(Whatever comes, whatever will be offered to me by the President, I will gladly accept it. It would be an honor and joy to me if there was indeed a government post for me. But if there is none, it’s okay… I’m willing to help the President.)