Most Trusted “…In a Trust Poll conducted by Reader’s Digest Asia, Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte ranked 5th among all politicians and 47th in the list of Philippines ’ Most Trusted Individuals of 2010. Among the politicians, Senator Benigno Aquino III leads the most trusted leader followed by Lipa City Vilma Santos-Recto, No. 3 is Senator Mar Roxas, No. 4 Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Number 5 Mayor Rodrigo Duterte….” – Balita.ph (READ MORE)
Most Powerful “…Vilma Santos ranked 86th in BizNewsAsia Magazines’ 100 Most Powerful Filipinos – Education: Crash course on local governance, primary health care, human resource development and fiscal administration, UP. The Star for all season has proved cynics wrong that movie people have little between their ears, aside from a beautiful face or a handsome profile. As mayor of burgeoning Lipa, she has been chosen “most outstanding city mayor” in 2000 by the Civil Service Commission. Her popularity helped her husband Ralph Recto win a senate seat in 2001, and she can easily win a senate seat for herself if she gets tired of running Lipa city. The mayor with an ageless face received the Ten Young Achievers award in 1992…” – BizNewsAsia Magazine, June 2004 (READ MORE)
Most Influential “…Vilma “Ate Vi” Santos-Recto – The popular governor of Batangas province reportedly turned down invitations for her to run as vice-president in the 2010 election and she switched from Lakas party to P-Noy’s Liberal Party in late 2009. She is former three-term mayor of Lipa City and the street-smart political partner of husband Senator Ralph Recto. When asked if she plans to someday run for president of the Philippines, the multi-awarded film and TV actress said she never makes political plans and is “only concerned about doing a good job serving the people of Batangas as governor…” – Wilson Lee Flores (READ MORE)
Recent Survey – “…Senators Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda will emerge as the top two winners if senatorial elections were held today, a recent Pulse Asia survey showed. Escudero and Legarda ranked one and two with 65.1 percent of the respondents saying they will vote for Escudero and 63.6 percent for Legarda…Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon got 23.2 percent; Jose de Venecia III, 23.2 percent; Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, 23 percent; Mark Lapid, 22.5 percent; and Rep. Imee Marcos, 22.4 percent…Censors board chief Grace Poe-Llamanzares got 20.7 percent; Bacoor Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla, 18.2 percent; former senator Ernesto Maceda, 18 percent; former Akbayan party-list representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, 15.7 percent; and Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, 14.4 percent…The survey also showed that Santos-Recto had a 96 percent awareness rating, same as that of Honasan…” – Christina Mendez (READ MORE)
Best Role Model “…A survey was conducted last July 15 among 455 students of Humanities under Dr. Ronnie Gan at the University of Mindanao in Davao City and, you guessed it, Lipa City Mayor Vilma Santos emerged as the popular Students’ Choice as Best Role Model of the Youth. This piece of good news was relayed to Funfare by reader Willie Fernandez, who said that he’s “a solid Vilma Santos fan from General Santos City…A plaque of recognition will be given to Vilma. The other good news is that as part of the 60th founding anniversary UM, Vilma will be awarded the Gawad Suri Gintong Alamat ng Sining on Aug. 14 at the school’s main gym. She was chosen for “her phenomenal career which spans four decades…” – Ricardo F. Lo (READ MORE)
2012 Power 100: The most Powerful and Influential – “…No. 64. Vilma Santos/Ralph Recto…Vilma Santos, Governor (Batangas) – She continues to enjoy popularity because of her sincerity and charisma, helped by occasional appearances in movies. A recent awardee in local governance, she can easily win other elective posts, such as congressman or senator (except that her husband is already in the Senate), or even in vice presidency. Ralph Recto, Senator – Another ally of President PNoy in the Senate, he chair the powerful Ways & Means Committee and the Government Corporations and Public Enterprises panel. His legislative agenda and advocacy priorities are health, education, agriculture, roads, tourism and security. He watered down the sin tax bill…” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)
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