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Luis Manzano admits that he's considering running for Mayor of Lipa in 2013

Luis Manzano is confident that he has the full support of his mom Vilma Santos should he choose to enter politics.

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

FRESH SCOOPS

9/17/2011 9:32 PM
Luis Manzano admits that he's considering running for Mayor of Lipa in 2013


091811-luis-main.jpgAs early as now, there has been a clamor for Luis Manzano to run as Mayor of Lipa, Batangas in the upcoming 2013 election. When asked how it feels to be considered for such a big position in public governance, the actor-host said that it’s truly a privilege on his part. “Honestly, yung ibang tao ang nagde-decide para sa akin. It’s overwhelming para [gustuhing] ipagkatiwala sa ’yo ang isang bayan at ang mga buhay nila. Nakakatuwa na may tiwala sila sa akin bilang Luis. Second, it goes to show kung anong klaseng pamamalakad meron ang mommy ko (Batangas Governor Vilma Santos). Kung ano ang nasimulan niya para sa bayan ng Lipa, alam nilang itutuloy ko bilang anak,” said Luis in an interview with Push.com.ph.

Given a chance though, Luis shared that he’s willing to give up his acting career for the sake of public service. “Kung tatakbo man ako, I would want to give my 100 percent. Napaka-unfair naman kung tatakbo ako tapos ang ibibigay ko lang 30 percent. Kung ipagkakatiwala sa akin ang isang bayan, pero still preoccupied ako with other things, napaka-unfair yun sa mga botante. Kung tatakbo man ako, ibibigay ko ang 110 percent ko. Ang naiisip ko lang siguro paminsan-minsan may iho-host ako na show on TV. Pero ang priority ko talaga ay ang mga Lipaeno.”

Politics run in his family. “Parehong naging inspirasyon sa akin ang mommy at daddy ko (Edu Manzano) kasi may public office sila, pati na rin si tito Ralph (Recto). Lahat sila ay may nagawa na para sa ating bayan through politics. Sinabi ko naman na never ko isasara ang sarili ko in terms of public service. Iba ang pakiramdam kapag nagpapasaya ka ng tao sa pagarte at pag-host sa TV; at iba rin naman kapag may nagagawa ka para sa kabuhayan ng tao.”

Once he has decided which path to take, Luis revealed that he has his mom’s full support should he choose to venture into politics. “My dad, hindi ko pa siya nakakausap about it. On the other hand, it’s very nice to know my mom has faith in me. Nagkakaroon na rin kami ng konting conversations about it. We’re playing everything by ear. At sabi nga ni mommy, once I decide na seryoso na ako at kaya ko ibigay sarili ko sa mga Lipaeno, I’m sure tutulungan niya ako.”