MANILA – Senatorial race frontrunner Cynthia Villar on Thursday said she will reject possible nominations to be the next Senate president as she believed it was not her calling.
Villar said she was not interested to replace Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and instead wanted to join Senate committee on agriculture, food, environment and natural resources.
“Perhaps it is not my calling. I’ll go back to the Senate committee,” Villar said. “‘Pag ikaw ang nasa committee matutulungan mo iyung mga stakeholder.”
“It’s a matter of priority. Nagustuhan nila ako because of my work in agriculture and environment so I’ll go back to that,” she added.
Villar was ahead in the partial and unofficial senatorial race with 24,913,442 votes and nearly 98 percent of results counted, while fellow reelectionist Sen. Grace Poe was in second place with 21,122,345 votes.
Villar said she was leaving her political future to “destiny” when asked if she was interested to run for President in the 2022 national elections.
Villar’s husband Manuel Villar lost in the 2010 presidential elections to former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
“‘Pag first time, destiny na iyun, hindi na iyun pinagbabalakan. ‘Pag sayo, sa iyo ‘yun, hindi na dapat pagbalakan,” she said.
“The manner I did the campaign siguro led me to become number one. Of course, sinuportahan tayo ng administration, siguro additional help iyun,” added Cynthia. /PN