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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 27, 2010

Edu Manzano candidate for Vice President

EDU MANZANO is glad that his son Luis has promised to help in his campaign. "Actually, when we go the vote rich area of Ilocos, Cebu and Cagayan Valley, hinahanap siya sa'kin ng mga tao," he says.

What about Luis' mom, Ate Vi? Did she promise to help him even if they belong to different camps? "When she was interviewed, she said I have what it takes to do the job and that I'm up to the task. Malaking bagay na sa'kin yun. And yes, hinahanap din siya sa'kin ng mga tao."

Doesn't he miss hosting "Game KNB?" "I do. The reach of that show is unbelievable. Hanggang sa kasuluk-sulukan ng bansa, when they see me, ang bati sa'kin: game ka na ba?"

He has a back breaking sked in his Edu Express Caravan campaign. "5 AM pa lang, gising na ko. We travel to various places in one day by car, by commercial airline, by helicopter or private plane. Dahil dun, pumayat ako. The campaign took me away from my two younger kids, Addy and Enzo."

Both kids are being offered to join showbiz? "Addy is 16 and Enzo, 15. I told them gayahin nila Kuya Luis nila, nagtapos muna ng college before he joined showbiz."
As ex-chairman of the Optical Media Board, he once had a tiff with Sen. Bong Revilla. How are they now? "Magkumpare kami kasi inaanak ko ang anak niya. We're okay now. I'll campaign for him and he, for me."

What does he think are his chances to be vice president? "My record as a public servant speaks for itself. As vice mayor of Makati, I became president of the country's vice mayors leagues and most of the members then are mayors now who pledge to help me. As OMB chair, my accomplisments are also all on record."