Vilma Santos-Recto Says She Has No Plans Of Pursuing A Higher Political OfficeNow that Batangas Governor and Star For All Seasons Vilma Santos-Recto is serving her third and last term in the position, many are asking if she will seek a higher post in the 2016 elections.
The award-winning actress said she has no plans yet for the future, and that she is focused on doing her best for the Batanguenos. A lot of people have been pushing her to run for congress, senate, vice president and even president.
But Santos-Recto said she doesn't want to become a president since she might not be mature enough to handle the criticisms that will be thrown her way.
“Sa totoo lang, hindi ako naiinggit sa trabaho ng isang President—damn if you do, damn if you don’t. Yung mga batikos, nakakapikon, baka pumatol ako, e!” natatawang pagbibiro niya."
“Baka may maganda akong intensiyon at aangal kayo nang aangal, baka patulan ko kayo ko. Angal kayo nang angal, o di kayo ang gumawa!"
Asked what will convince her to seek a higher position, Santos-Recto said none as of the moment.
The focus of her administration in Batangas today is to provide for her constituents and not to focus on her political ambitions, the actress said.
“I’m sorry, pero ang gusto ko lang ngayon ay do my best and excel."
Santos-Recto is definitely well-loved in the province where her husband, Senator Ralph Recto, grew up and once served as well.
She had landslide victories from the time she run as governor in 2007.
She said that her second term was the hardest for her because three political parties went against her. Luckily, she was able to win that term.
Although she knows being an award-winning actress with millions in fanbase catapulted her to politics, Santos-Recto maintained how she did the best she can for Batangas.
“Pero kung parang magre-rely ka ‘coz you are Vilma Santos, no, hindi. Ayaw ko kasi, at the end of the day, ako ang magmumukhang nganga. Ayaw ko naman ng ganun.”
Her priorities for the moment, she said, are her family and her career as a public servant. Beyond that, the actress said she tries to learn as much as she can, so she won't disappoint those she is serving.
"Public service is no joke. Lalo na ang mga artista ay spoiled, malaki ang suweldo. Dito, kung gusto nila ng serbisyo at makakuha talaga ng tiwala, trabaho talaga ito. Sakripisyo."
As for the legacy she will leave in Batangas once she finishes her term, Santos-Recto said it was the trust given to her by the Batanguenos.
"Yung tiwala mismo ng mga taga-Batangas—first woman mayor ng Lipa and now first woman na governor ng Batangas—so yun ang legacy na maiiwan sa puso ko."
“Kahit na matapos na ang termino ko, sila yung nagbigay ng meaning sa buhay ko—kahit hindi bilang isang artista kundi bilang isang ordinaryong tao.”