By Ben Rosario
LUBAO, Pampanga – Notwithstanding President Rodrigo Duterte’s pledge of support, former Senate President Manuel Villar will not be swayed into another attempt for the presidency which will come in 2022.
Sen. Cynthia Villar, wife of the former senator, thanked Duterte for the vow of support to her husband but stressed that another presidential bid is not being planned by him.
“Alam ninyo, ang presidency ay destiny. Kung sa iyo, sa iyo iyan,” she said. (You know the presidency is destiny. If it’s yours it would be yours to take.”
The lady solon who is seeking a fresh mandate for senator said there are no plans for her husband to run.
“Mahirap na pinaplano mo ang buhay na maging presidente tapos hindi mo naman pala destiny maging president,” she stressed. (It is difficult to plan a life of becoming a president only to find out that you are not destined to become one.”)
She added, “Let us just do what we like to do.”
At the launch of the campaign for his bets for senator on Thursday in Bulacan, Duterte announced that he will support the former Senate president should he choose to run again for president.
He recalled that it was the Villar couple who convinced him to seek the 2016 presidency which he won.
Villar, on the other hand, placed third in the 2010 presidential race. Benigno Aquino III won and former President Joseph Estrada placed second.
Duterte said the couple made the proposal when he was still a congressman representing Davao City and Villar was then speaker.
Duterte, together with daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, strongly endorsed the re-election bid of Senator Villar.
Father and daughter endorsed two separate slates of senatorial bets.
The president named 11 candidates to his list of senatorial bets. The younger Duterte and her party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago, endorsed 13.
Senator Villar acknowledged the president’s pledge of support for her husband, saying that the two were close allies during his speakership from 1998-2000.
“They used to travel together and we invested heavily in Davao City where we developed four subdivisions and two malls. President Duterte became progressive during his time as mayor,” said the lady solon. #MatalinongBoto2019