Fil-Brit former teacher seeks Laoac mayoralty

September 25, 2009 at 1:40 am Leave a comment


PhotobucketBy Yolanda Z. Sotelo

LAOAC – A public school teacher from this town who made it big as a businessman in the United Kingdom, returned here to run for mayor in 2010 so he can help his town mates.

Benjamin Manluctao, 60, said he decided to consider entering public service to help his town.

“It seems progress is elusive to the town. There is widespread suffering among the people because of poverty. Even in some villages, there is no source of potable water,” he said.

In his desire to become mayor, Manluctao gave up his British nationality (he was a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the Philippines) and has been staying in the country for several months.

He has been going around the villages of Laoac to introduce himself.

“I have been to all 22 barangays four or five times,” he said.
Manluctao, married with three children who are all professionals, said his family was at first against his running for mayor.

“They said for years I sacrificed a lot (in business) and that it was time for me to take it easy. My children even offered me a round-the-world tour, with all expenses paid. But I was determined to go back to my hometown to help my townmates,” he said.

He added that while he wanted to be always with his own children, they have “lives of their own now” and that it was his turn to look for his own happiness.

Manluctao made good in United Kingdom where he migrated in 1975. He worked in a catering service company and later established his own catering service. He now owns several restaurants and is leasing out several properties.

But he is looking for happiness and “I think I will find happiness if I am able to help others,” he said.

He admitted that he had no experience in politics, but said his qualification is because he is someone who considers the interest of others first, and self interest last.

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