By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Cynthia Villar is denying for the nth time that her husband, former Senate President Manuel Villar, is planning to run as Manila mayor in the 2019 elections.
She made the clarification Wednesday as rumors, that the former lawmaker is eyeing the top post in the country’s capital city, floated anew.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, who has confirmed his bid for a third term, was reported saying last month that Villar, along with former Mayor Alfredo Lim and former Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, might compete against him in the race to mayoralty.
But his wife, Sen. Cynthia, said “Hindi. Hindi totoo iyon (No, that’s not true).”
The senator said Estrada may have misinterpreted her efforts in cleaning up Manila Bay as tantamount to his husband’s interest in local office.
“Eh kasi may program ako sa Baseco diba, paglilinis ng Baseco. Dahil oversight ko yung continuing mandamus by the Supreme Court to clean the Manila Bay, akala niya siguro tatakbo kami (Because I have a program in Baseco right. Since I have the oversight function, in the continuing mandate of the Supreme Court, to clean the Manila Bay, maybe he thought that we will run),” Villar, who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said in an interview.
“Nanahimik si Manny, ginugulo nila (They are disrupting Manny who is living a private life now),” she added.
Villar said that while her husband is not yet shelving plans to return to public office, the former Senate chief, who currently manages their family business, has no plans to run in the May, 2019 local polls.
“Never say never, pero ngayon, wala siyang balak (But for now, he has no plans). Marami siyang ginagawa (He has many other things to do),” Villar said.