Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos announces re-election plan
“I will continue to be the mother of Batangas, I will continue to be your Governor,” she said emphatically, prompting a standing ovation in the partisan crowd. The Salvador H. Laurel Session Hall in the provincial capitol was filled with Batangas’ high officials, including its Vice Governor, Jose Antonio “Marc” Leviste, the Sanguniang Panlalawigan, City Mayors and prominent political figures from neighboring provinces.
Senator Ralph Recto, Governor Vi’s husband, was her guest of honor, giving her nods of approval and frequent applause. He casually told GMA News Online that “she (Governor Vilma) really finds joy in public service.”
The announcement was unexpected even for guests and employees of the capitol who heard the hearsay about the Governor’s early retirement. “Mabuti at nag anunsyo na si ma’am gawa ng napakaraming kurokuro,” said one worker.
Vice Governor Jose Antonio Leviste expressed his support for the incumbent, saying “She is my Governor.” – HS, GMA News