San Miguel Corp. (SMC) President Ramon Ang will accomplish more as a private individual than if he becomes president of the country, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Saturday, May 22.
In a Twitter post, Locsin hinted at the difficulty of doing things when one is the country’s highest elected official.
“He is not rebuilding the Philippines, there is nothing to rebuild; he is instead building it from the ground up ex nihilo as no one else has done. Period,” he said.
“Should he be president? If he is he’ll get nothing done,” the country’s top diplomat added.
Locsin was reacting to a news post about the extension of the South Luzon Expressway to Quezon province. SMC is constructing the 66.7-kilometer SLEX Tollroad-4 (SLEX-TR4) despite issues such as the “unsettled” right of way and COVID-19 restrictions.
Rumors are rife that Ang wants to run for president or at least, has plans to support Senator Manny Pacquiao who is said to be gunning for Malacañang.
Ang earlier denied the rumors though he was constantly in the news since the pandemic started because of his company’s COVID-19 response.
So far, the business tycoon amassed P13.180 billion in aid, helping disadvantaged communities, medical front liners, and government sectors.
For his work during the past year, he received the Lifetime Contributor Award at the Asia CEO Awards 2020, one of Asia’s most prestigious honors in business.