Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. broke his silence on Wednesday on the mention of his name as among those being considered by the ruling Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats as a presidential contender, saying he was “flattered” but was “not rushing” into the presidency.
“I am very flattered by the trust of my peers in Lakas considering me to be its standard-bearer in the 2010 presidential elections,” Revilla said in a statement.
“It is heartwarming to note that our colleagues in the party recognize our efforts over the last 15 years – from being vice governor and governor of Cavite; our campaign against piracy at the VRB [Video Regulatory Board]; and our performance here at the Senate,” said Revilla in Filipino.
“Nonetheless, I believe that being President of a country is not an ambition but a gift from God,” the actor-turned-politician said.
Becoming President, the senator added, was one’s destiny and beyond any individual’s control.
“I am not rushing into this. It is still too early to even consider this possibility but being a party soldier, I will abide by the party’s ultimate decision. Bata pa naman tayo at eligible pa naman tayo [We are still young and still eligible] for re-election,” Revilla further said.
It was Lakas executive director Ray Roquero, who announced Tuesday that several party leaders have been pushing Revilla to become the party’s standard bearer.
Lakas is planning to convene its executive committee next month and call a convention in March to decide on the matter.
by Maila Ager, INQUIRER.net