MVP as possible Veep
Sen. Richard Gordon plans to get businessman Manuel Pangilinan as his running mate when he runs for the presidency next year.
Speaking to reporters at the Tatakbo Ka Ba? event of GMA 7 television at the Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig yesterday, Gordon, who is also Red Cross chairman, said he wants Pangilinan as his running mate because the country needs continuity to move forward.
“We need continuity and Manny Pangilinan is a good businessman, he can provide that,” he said.
“He just needs someone with an extensive experience in politics so he doesn’t get eaten up by the system.”
Gordon said if he wins, his six-year term would not be enough to move the nation forward because the country needs at least 20 years to recover from its economic woes.
“I have already talked to him and he is thinking about it… it would be a fantastic ticket,” he said.
Gordon said his credentials as local executive and lawmaker and Pangilinan’s experience in business, could help the country be at par with the rest of Southeast Asia, Japan and China.
He did not say whether he would run under the administration party or as an independent candidate.
Gordon said he had not campaigned early because his resources are limited.
“My resources come primarily from the common voters so I’m conserving my resources,” he said.
“And besides, candidates are only given 90 days to campaign so I will announce my presidential bid soon.”
Gordon and Pangilinan were classmates in college at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Gordon set to declare presidential bid, eyes MVP as veep
By James Mananghaya (The Philippine Star)
Updated August 31, 2009 12:00 AM