MANILA-(3rd UPDATE)-Former Optical Media Board (OMB) chairman and TV game show host Edu Manzano is Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro’s running mate. (Read: Profile of Edu Manzano)
Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno made the surprise announcement at a press conference in Shangri-La Makati on Friday.
“The person who has accepted the challenge of standing beside Secretary Teodoro in the quest to become the next president of the Republic of the Philippines and the next vice-president of the Republic of the Philippines, no other than former OMB chairman Edu Manzano,” Puno said.
Manzano’s decision to accept the offer to be Teodoro’s running mate was a surprise since there were reports that he was supposed to join the Liberal Party’s senatorial ticket in 2010.
He was supposed to take his oath as LP member last Thursday, but this was cancelled. The LP is fielding Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for president and Senator Mar Roxas for vice-president.