Ramon Ang not endorsing probable candidates for 2022 elections

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San Miguel Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 10) — San Miguel Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang on Saturday clarified reports he was endorsing Senator Manny Pacquiao's possible presidential run in 2022.

CNN Philippines reached out to Mr. Ang to seek his clarification.

Ang said the comments attributed to him were taken out of context from a broad discussion he was having with journalists about the upcoming election.

Ang revealed that a follow-up question was made about who he thinks would win if elections were held today. While Ang said he did not want to make any statement or forecast about politics, the topic of "fearless forecasts" in hypothetical scenarios persisted.

One of the journalists present mentioned Sen. Pacquiao's name, to which Ang said he agreed the senator would have a good chance — the same way other strong contenders with their own following and track records would also have a good chance.

Ang said he was even asked whether or not he would consider running for president and he categorically answered "no."

Ang expounded that "in all my public life, I have never been involved with nor publicly endorsed any political candidate, even those I consider personal friends."

"We will always be supportive of government and will continue to do our part in helping our nation rebound from this crisis and building a better world for the Filipino people," Ang stressed.