Press Release
January 14, 2010

Villar vows no appointment of relatives in government

Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar on Thursday vowed that he will not appoint members of his family to any position in government if he is elected president in the May 10 elections.

"Let me say that I will not be appointing any relative of mine in the government," Villar said in response to a query made by former President Fidel V. Ramos at a presidential forum held at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.

The forum, sponsored by the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation for Peace and Development in cooperation with ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) and AIM, was attended by Villar and two other presidential aspirants.

Ramos, who was among the audience in the forum, asked the participants if they will appoint relatives in government should they be elected in May.

He also asked the candidates on their thoughts about team-building, work ethics and lifestyle.

Villar said he was a multi-tasker, a trait he said is important in a president.

"I am known as 'Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga.' I realize that aside from being a multi-tasker, you have to work 24/7 that is why I am working 26/7," Villar said.

"I have been building teams all my life, in the field of business, in Congress, in the Senate. I have been doing these and I think that I am trained. I have experienced a lot in team-building and this is essential," he said.

Villar added that he and his family are living a simple life.

"Kapag tiningnan niyo po ang aking pamilya, simpleng-simple lang. Yung aking misis, isa lang. We were classmates, and we have been together for about 40 years. Simple lamang po ang aking buhay. Hindi kami extravagant. Kung magiging pangulo, napakahalaga na maging halimbawa siya sa bagay na ito," Villar stressed.

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