Luis Manzano speaks up on political plans

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Luis Manzano

MANILA --- Actor Luis Manzano believes he has "enough" qualifications to be a public servant like his mother Batangas governor Vilma Santos.

"Me? I am worth enough," Manzano said, adding that he is open to the possibility of entering politics in the future.

"If politics truly opens its door para sa akin then that's when I will start thinking. It shouldn't be anytime I want it, he said, stressing that politics is a "calling" and a "vocation."

Manzano said he believes politics shouldn't be a mere "escape" plan from show business.

"That's very unfair sa mga magiging constituents," he explained.

In a previous interview, Santos said she will support his son if ever he decides to do public service.

Asked if he will support his mom if ever she decides to run for a higher position, Manzano said: "Oo naman. Alam niyo even sa last elections, ang daming nagsasabi kay mommy na tumakbo ka for this, for a higher seat. Pero ako alam ko she wants to focus sa Batangas."

Manzano explained that Santos didn't enter politics with the end-goal of holding a national position.

"Hindi siya 'yung para maging senador o presidente. Ang ibang politiko, pagtakbo iniisip agad nila 'yung mas mataas (na posisyon). My mom wants to focus specifically on Lipa. Napakaganda ng iginanda ng Lipa," he said.

"Pero she never said yes to politics to get to the highest positions. She's perfectly happy sa local. Kung aabot ba siya sa isang national post, I have no idea. But kung sakali man, I will be behind her," he added.

In the interview, Manzano also lauded Santos's first independent movie, "Ekstra," which will be part of this year's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

In the film directed by Jeffrey Jeturian, Santos plays Loida, who makes a living from playing bit roles.

"Kakakita ko nga lang ng trailer ng 'Ekstra,' na-excite ako. Sobrang ganda ng trailer ng 'Ekstra' for Cinemalaya," he said.