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Filipino business tycoon and one of the most popular name in the business industry, Manny V. Pangilinan was endorsed by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago as President of the Republic of the Philippines, during an occasion on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The endorsement of Pangilinan as President was announced by Sen. Santiago in a speech on leadership before employees of Maynilad.


During the speech at Maynilad, which was also headed by Manny Pangilinan, the Senator mentioned the 2016 national elections, noting that it is an occasion where people should know what they want.

Here’s Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s Speech: What do you want for the Philippines in 2016? Bakit ba tayo maghahalalan kung wala namang improvement sa mga nahalal noon? (Why should we have elections if there would be no improvement from the ones elected before?)” Santiago said.

“I want you to think about those. I want you think about Mr. Manny Pangilinan for president of the Republic of the Philippines,” she added, eliciting applause from the audience.

When the Senator was asked after her speech if her remarks were an endorsement for Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP), Sen. Santiago told journalists, “Yes it is.” she said. Sen. Santiago also added that “It is people like him who should be elected to positions of leadership,” she said.

Senator Santiago was also asked about her own plan to seek the presidency and she just answered that it remains an option for her. She was quoted as saying “Just because it is option for me does not mean you have to close your options,” she said. “I’m just thinking aloud to young people what type of candidate I have in mind.” she said.

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