Like Pinky Webb, Luis surprised by Edu’s VP bid

Posted at 11/17/09 6:53 PM

MANILA – The celebrity son of actor-host Edu Manzano was also “caught by surprise” after his father announced his vice presidential bid in 2010 elections.

In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN North America News Bureau, Luis Manzano admitted that he only learned about his father’s VP bid through friends. Edu, who is the running mate of Lakas-Kampi standard bearer Gilbert Teodoro, never confided his political plans to him, the young actor added.

Luis also disclosed that initially he thought his father was only eyeing a seat in the Senate.

Nonetheless, the “In My Life” actor assured that his father has his support.

"I know how much of a good man my dad is and I know his intentions. So, I will definitely support him the whole time," Luis said.

Luis was in Las Vegas, Nevada to watch the “Firepower” bout between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto at MGM Grand Garden Arena last Sunday (Manila time).

Even Edu’s girlfriend, news anchor Pinky Webb, was caught off guard by his decision.

During a one-on-one interview on ANC's Talkback with Tina Monzon-Palma on Monday, Edu was asked how Webb reacted to his candidacy.

"I think it came as a shock to her, too," Edu said.

He, however, said she supports his decision.

Before Edu teamed up with Teodoro, several names had been floated as Teodoro's running mate, including Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and Sen. Loren Legarda.

The former chairman of the Optical Media Board (OMB) said he had been meeting with various political parties and personalities before he accepted Teodoro's offer.

These included the Liberal Party, the Nacionalista Party, former president Joseph Estrada, and representatives of Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero.

Edu said his stints as vice mayor of Makati City and OMB chairman have given him experience in politics and law enforcement. Reports from Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau, and ANC