Cynthia Villar not eyeing presidency

Senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar, who currently leads the Magic 12 in latest election data, said Tuesday she is not eyeing to be President.

“I want to go back to agriculture,” Villar told CNN Philippines. “I’m not thinking of anything except that.”

She attributed her lead in the polls to her advocacies — livelihood, agriculture and food security.

Villar bagged more than 24 million votes in latest poll results, a three-million difference from Grace Poe who is seeking Senate re-election. Poe, who topped the Senate race in the 2013 elections, had a bid to be the country’s leader in the 2016 polls but lost to then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

“Beyond the senatorial race, which you can do through sipag and tiyaga [hard work], maybe good advocacies, the Presidency is a gift from God. It cannot be something that you will work for,” she said.

Villar’s husband, former Senator and Senate President Manny Villar, also ran for President in 2010 but lost to then Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

The top Senate bet said upon resumption of Congress she will do oversight functions for the rice tarriffication law, which grants ₱10 billion in appropriations as a means to protect the rice industry from price fluctuations. She said she will also re-file the measures on the disposition of the coco levy fund and the creation of the coconut industry development fund, which were vetoed by President Duterte.

“Forty-five percent of our farmers in the Philippines are rice farmers, and another 45 percent are coconut farmers,” Villar said. “If we are able to help them, be competitive, be profitable, and lift them out of poverty, then I would say I have done my job well.”

CNN Philippines
Cynthia Villar not eyeing presidency