MVP will run only ‘if it’s a marathon’

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Business tycoon Manuel Pangilinan on Thursday said he has no plans of running in 2016, putting to rest speculations that he may be Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate.

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“I respect the Vice President. He is a good friend,” Pangilinan said at the House of Representatives where he and Gilas Pilipinas were feted for a noteworthy performance in the recently concluded FIBA World Cup in Spain.

But the businessman said he has no plans of joining the political derby.

“No. I am not running. I will run if it is a [running]marathon. I have never opened my doors on it [running for public office], so there is nothing to close,” he told reporters.

“I don’t think it [being good in business]is necessary . . . or translates to being a good public servant. Being in the government is different from running businesses. It would be a leap of faith,” Pangilinan said.

He did not say which candidate he will support in 2016 but noted that  President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s reform agenda should be continued by the next President.

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