SMB president and CEO Ramon S. Ang
By Junex Doronio
MANILA — First force, not third force, was how billionaire-philantrophist Ramon S. Ang (RSA) is being described by his supporters who are now vigorously pushing for his presidential candidacy in 2022 even if he had denied but his actions would say otherwise.
“What other goal is more worthwhile than helping our country and … making it better? What kind of Filipinos would we be if we do not show malasakit towards each other in this time of great need?” the Philippines Tatler quoted RSA as saying after he was chosen by the Asia CEO Awards to be the recipient of the Lifetime Contributor Award for his visionary leadership and magnanimity in his response to the pandemic.
The Asia CEO Awards gives credit to all the movers and shakers of the Philippine and Southeast Asian economies.
RSA, who is the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and chief operating officer (COO) has been at the helm of a massive outreach program that has amassed over P13.180 billion in assistance.
The Philippines Tatler further said that with the help of employees, volunteers, and partner non-profits, SMC under Ang’s leadership has initiated numerous projects to help disadvantaged communities, medical front liners, and even government sectors.
Some political observers said Ang seemed to be carefully weighing his possible presidential bid because he does not want to antagonize President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who may field his own daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as standard-bearer of the administration under Inday’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago.
Ang supported Duterte’s presidential bid in 2016.
On the other hand, there is also the “99 percent” possibility that Senator Manny Pacquiao will be the presidential bet of the PDP-Laban in 2022.
It is then not far-fetched that the “king-maker” RSA, being the chairman of the influential Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) which counts Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III as one of its ranking members, may ultimately decide to be “king” himself, the same political observers said. (AI/MTVN)