MANILA, Sept. 4. (Xinhua) -- The Philippine Senate President Manuel Villar
has confirmed that he will run for the president of the country in the upcoming
May 2010 elections, local media reported Thursday.
Attending a private party on Wednesday night, Villar told TV news network
ABS-CBN News that there is "no turning back" once he decided to run for the top
Villar, president of the country's oldest political party Nacionalista
Party, said he still has to consult his friends and allies on who will be
running in his ticket for 2010.
Born in Manila in 1949, Villar entered politics in 1992. In 2000, he became
the first House Speaker in Philippine history to impeach a president, ex-chief
executive of the state, Joseph Estrada. Villar was elected as the head of the
Nacionalista Party in 2004 and took over the post of Senate President in 2006.
He placed third in the presidential candidate popularity survey conducted
by the independent polling outfit Social Weather Stations. With the support of
around 25 percent of the survey respondents, Villar came only behind
Vice-President Noli de Castroand Senator Loren Legarda, who enjoyed 31 percent
and 26 percent supporting rates respectively.