A ‘demotion’, Ramon Ang shoots down offer to run for president

Published March 22, 2021, 10:18 PM

by Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Business tycoon Ramon Ang will not be seeking presidency in the 2022 elections, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said on Monday, March 22.

Ramon S. Ang, president and CEO of the Petron Corporation

Sotto bared to reporters in an online interview that some members of the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC), including him, considered the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and chief operating officer to be their bet for next year’s presidential race.

“Sabi ko, maraming nag-iisip, ibang klase ng thinking mo, klase ng background mo, klase ng management mo, ikaw ang magaling na pwedeng tumakbo na presidente (I told him, you have a unique way of thinking, with your background, and style of management, you are competent to run for president,” said the NPC acting chairman.

“Ang sabi sa akin (He told me), it is a demotion,” he recalled.

While Ang was not explicit in his refusal, Sotto believed that the business tycoon’s decision was “final”. The NPC, Sotto said, has since “abandoned that idea”.

Sotto said he spoke to Ang about the potential bid for presidency after Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco assumed as the speaker of the House of Representatives last year. Members of the NPC in the lower chamber supported Velasco in his controversial power struggle against Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.

Despite this, Sotto said the NPC has yet start formal talks about their line-up for the 2022 polls.

“Right now, the situation of the NPC is the House of Representative members of the NPC are in alliance with the PDP-Laban leadership, headed by Speaker Velasco. Sa Senate meron kaming majority, kasama namin ang PDP-Laban (In the Senate, we have a majority and PDP-Laban is part of it). That’s about it.”

“Formally, wala pa (no talks yet). Personal level, mga kwentu-kwentuhan, meron (On a personal level, informal talks, we have). Pero officially ‘yong aming mga incumbent, siguradong magre-reelection (But officially, incumbent officials in our party will seek reelection),” Sotto said.