(MAY 15, 2019) – Reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar made it known on Wednesday that she was not eyeing the presidency despite leading the “Magic 12” based on the latest election count.
“Hindi ko… Wala sa aking horizon ‘yun. I have to look at that seriously. Hindi ko iniisip ‘yun. I want to go back to my committee,” she said in a phone interview with News5.
Villar said placing first in the Senate race does not necessarily mean vying for presidency is the next step.
“Ang dami namang nag-number one sa Senado hindi naman naging pangulo,” she said.
“If you look [at] people who became number one in the Senate from 1990’s to now, wala namang naging Pangulo eh. ‘Yung mga hindi number one, ‘yun ang naging pangulo eh.”
Villar was early to gain momentum in the midterm polls as she consistently topped preelection surveys.
Apart from performance, the Senate agriculture committee chair attributed her lead to her abundance of campaign ads.
“It’s peformance I think and of course you have to be able to relay to them. [K]asi minsan marami kang nagawa pero hindi nasasabi sa mga tao so importante rin ‘yung ads,” Villar said.
Upon the resumption of Congress, she said she would continue to push for bills for the benefit of the agriculture sector.
“Masaya naman ako sa committee ko na agriculture and food, environment and natural resources. Those are my advocacies also and I am happy there,” she said.
Her husband, former Senate president Manny Villar lost his presidential bid to then Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in 2016.
Asked if her husband was planning a comeback in 2022, Villar said he was not one to decide.
The midterm polls are likewise going well with Villar’s daughter Camille, who clinched a Congressional seat for the lone district of Las Piñas City.
The position has been passed around the members of the Villar political clan. It was first held by Manny before Cynthia took over. Prior to his stint at the Department of Public Works and Highways, Mark Villar likewise held the post.