PGMA invited me to become administration party's possible standard bearer – VP de Castro

August 27, 2009 11:45 am 

MANILA, August 27 — Vice President Noli de Castro admitted on Thursday that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has invited him to join the Lakas-Kampi-CMD coalition Party to be considered as its standard bearer for the 2010 presidential elections.

De Castro disclosed this on Thursday during the launching of the Philippine Urban Consortium in Mandaluyong City.

He also said he has not made any commitment to President Arroyo.

”But I have not given any final decision,” De Castro said regarding the invitation of Mrs. Arroyo for him to join the Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

According to the Vice President, President Arroyo told him that the administration coalition wanted him to be its standard bearer although he still had to go through the nomination process during its national convention.

But De Castro admitted what was keeping him from accepting the offer of Mrs. Arroyo was that he was still not sure whether to run for President.

He pointed out, however, that he would definitely need the support of President Arroyo’s political party if and when he decides to run for the country's highest post.

De Castro said it would be an honor for him to be considered as the administration coalition's standard bearer.

He noted he had been working with Mrs. Arroyo for almost six years and he has witnessed how hardworking she is as the country's leader.

”When the President is hardworking, the members of the Cabinet cannot be lazy. So when your leader is hardworking, we learn and my on-the-job training for the last six years has been great,” he also said.

De Castro also said that he was not waiting for Mrs. Arroyo’s endorsement to convince him to run as president in the 2010 elections.

”I am not asking for it, but if will be given to me, of course I will be grateful,” the Vice President added.

Likewise, he said he was not threatened nor affected by the recent surveys conducted by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Station wherein he placed third.

He said he was pleased that he still ranked third even if he had not declared any intention to run for president.

”It is just a survey. My rating is still good,” De Castro remarked. (PNA) LAP/<rudyma>

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