|ACTOR Edu Manzano files his CoC for senator while ex-wife Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos Recto files her CoC a congresswoman with husband Sen. Ralph Recto running for reelection.|
By JO ERLINDA G. NEBRES
LIPA CITY (PHLTODAY) – Was the creation of the lone congressional district of Lipa City made for her?
The question is raised by political observers as outgoing Batangas Governor Vilma Santos Recto filed her certificate of candidacy for congresswoman in the newly created district.
It was learned that Governor Recto is running for the post even if the creation of the district has not been ratified by the people of Lipa City in a plebiscite, although the law creating it does not call for a plebiscite.
The Lipa congressional district was created through Republic Act No. 10673 signed into law by President Aquino only on August 19, 2015. The law actually re-apportioned the congressional districts of Batangas from four to six districts, with Lipa City as one separate district known as the sixth district and Batangas City also as one distinct district called the fifth district of Batangas.
The lady governor filed her Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for congresswoman accompanied by husband, Sen. Ralph Recto, who also filed his COC for reelection as senator, together with their children.
Governor Recto had served for three terms as mayor of Lipa City before she was elected governor of Batangas. She is now serving her third and final term as governor which ends on June 30.
If they both win, they will set a record of sort as the first husband-and-wife team in Congress.
Governor Recto’s first husband, actor Eduardo “Edu” Manzano, on the other hand filed his COC for senator at the Comelec main office in Intramuros accompanied by his son win the actress, Luis Manzano, and children Lorenzo and Andy with another wife.
During the last election, Manzano, a former American born in San Francisco, California, ran for vice president in tandem with former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro under the Lakas-CMD party. Teodoro immediately wished Manzano good luck and victory in a post on Facebook.
Manzano had served as vice mayor of Makati City and chairman of the Optical Media Board.
“I have a lot to contribute to the Senate,” he said in an interview with a television station.
“I have a lot of unfinished business. I would like to make my contribution and I would like to step forward,” he added.
Manzano said he would address the issue of “excessive taxation” and prioritize education if elected.
In an earlier interview, Edu admitted that he’s always been tempted to run for public office because of his love for public service.
Gov. Vi and son Ryan Christian accompanied Senator Ralph in filing his CoC under the Liberal Party ticket at the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros.
Later, Governor Vi herself filed her CoC for congresswoman in Lipa City.
“I will support Ralph’s candidacy. Siya ang guro ko,” the Batangas governor was quoted as saying by a columnist.
“Ako naman, sa Batangas… for Congress… lone district of Lipa. They considered me for VP… pero local ang gusto at alam kong gawin… Gusto kong magbayad ng utang na loob sa Lipa kung saan ako nag-umpisa at pinagkatiwalaan at maraming natutunan,” she added.
“Alam ko na marami pa akong magagawang mabuti para sa Lipeños. I love serving the people of Batangas. Local lang ang gusto ko, Jun, kasi doon ako naka-focus,” she said.