Vilma Santos and Ralph Recto join Noynoy-Mar tandem

Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ralph Recto and his wife Batangas Governor Vilma Santos have defected to the Liberal Party to join its standard-bearer Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, and running mate Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, reports

Santos, who came from Lakas-Kampi-CMD was reportedly being considered for vice president of the party before her former husband Edu Manzano was proclaimed to be the running mate of Presidential aspirant Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro. Recto, who came from the Nacionalista Party of Senator Manuel "Manny" Villar was said to be one of those being tapped to be a senatorial candidate.

The 56-year-old former actress said of her decision, "Our country needs to be inspired . . . If our people are inspired, they will willingly support and follow the leaders' vision," reports The Inquirer. She added, "I know that Noynoy will not do anything that would tarnish the good names of his parents, Ninoy and Cory. They are considered heroes by our people. We need a new government."

Recto told the Inquirer, "I think you have a good team in the LP under the leadership of Senator Noynoy and Senator Mar." The 45-year-old who resigned on Aug. 16 as director general of the National Economic and Development Authority said he found "many commonalities" with the Noynoy-Mar team and its "consensus formula" approach in tackling the country's problems.

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