Villar: Next president must be an experienced leader
By Christina Mendez
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) presidential bet Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. yesterday emphasized the need for the next president to have experience and leadership qualities to steer the country out of its problems.
Taking a cue from the recent resignation of administration bet Gilbert Teodoro as party chairman of Lakas-Kampi-CMD and the reported power struggle in the Liberal Party (LP), Villar emphasized the need for an efficient leader to prevent these incidents from occurring.
“This is what I am saying about leadership, and how important it is in running the country,” Villar said in an interview with Radio Mindanao Network.
Villar has been brandishing his leadership experience having served as speaker of the House of Representatives, Senate president and chief executive officer of his various real estate firms as his main qualities that would make him a good president.
Villar also pointed out the different personalities running under the NP senatorial slate show how people from various ideologies and backgrounds can work together, rise above their differences and work for the common good.
He said there had been a few times that he had to mediate between Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Bayan Muna’s Satur Ocampo and Gabriela’s Liza Maza.
Ocampo has been batting on distribution of the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses and alleged human rights abuses during the Marcos regime.
Yet, according to Villar, the two NP candidates managed to be civil to each other during the campaign.
Villar also noted Maza has expressed some concern on the use of sexy dancers during the NP’s Rockatropa/Wowowee provincial tours.
At one point during a sortie in Ilocos Norte, Villar came to the rescue of Bongbong and his sister, Imee, when asked if their decision to run for elective posts as well as that of their mother, the former first lady Imelda Marcos, was another attempt to institute political dynasty in the province.
Villar explained it is the people who will vote for the “relatives” in elective positions, and in a number of cases, the political situation is the same in other provinces, not only in Ilocos, a known Marcos bailiwick.
Imee is seeking another try at the gubernatorial post while the Marcos matriarch is running to represent the province.
In the same radio interview, Villar warned the LP on its negative campaigning.
Villar said the NP has equal potential exposés against the LP candidates, including Aquino.
“We have many things which we can throw back versus Liberal Party as well as its standard-bearer but we are not doing it. We want to bring the debates to a higher level,” he said.