Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia watched Sunday’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup title match next to businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan on Sunday night.
Her presence at the basketball game spurred speculations about whether the tycoon would support Garcia’s senatorial bid.
“Actually, I had a previous meeting with Manny Pangilinan and since he’s the owner of the Smart Araneta Colliseum and then there was a finals game between Talk N’ Text and B-Meg he asked if I would wish to watch the game so I said, yes why not,” she said.
Garcia said she went to the game with some Capitol staff.
She said Pangilinan, who leads the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), Smart Communications, looks up to Cebu province’s firm leadership.
‘Let’s just leave it at that. There’s really strong interest to invest in Cebu from Mr. MVP himself and that should be very, very good for Cebu.” she said.
“Maynilad has been part of the proposal of the Manila Water Consortium and he saw, his people saw, how we conducted the bidding process in the most fair and transparent manner. According to him, they really saw this brand of firm leadership and political will thatr we exhibited in the entire process because it was a difficult process. It was the first of its kind.”
“We are very elated with MVP’s proposal and this development for Cebu.
Garcia’s presence in game seven of the Finals series was acknowledged on air by PBA commentators. Correspondent Peter L. Romanillos.
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