By Junex Doronio
WHEN RAMON S. ANG was asked if he wants to run for president in 2022 it took him a few seconds to answer.
But watch the body language of the president and chief operating officer of the very successful diversified food conglomerate San Miguel Corporation.
“I prefer serving the public in the best way I can, which is to channel my resources and help the poor,” Ang said.
He could not help but express his frustration on how slow the private sector was in reaching out to alleviate poverty.
Through his SMC, Ang has been giving free “nutribuns” and other products since the pandemic began to help poor communities during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
SMC made these vitamin-fortified, energy-packed bread to be given for free daily to the urban poor, through its network of Petron gas stations.
Ang said nutribun was the base bread of the original food aid program developed by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
The tycoon-philantrophist said he prefers to offer public service for free in his own terms.
“It is not in my best interest to run for office,” Ang quipped.
His apprehension? “Why expose myself and my loved ones?”
But that few seconds of deep thought may mean something for those who are egging RSA to run for president 19 months from now.
After all, they say, only a fool doesn’t change his mind.
Political strategist Vic Endriga said that Ang will definitely be a “dark horse” in the 2022 presidential elections.
“RSA will attract many voters who are neither DDS nor Yellowtards,” Endriga said.
Philippines’ leading Social Media Strategist and Political Operator, Franco Mabanta noticed “Ramon Ang’s PR has shifted from first to third gear in the last calendar year. If he shifts to fifth in 2021 and gets favorable feedback, don’t be surprised if you hear his name being floated for President…” (ia)