You see, San Miguel’s original brewery used to be located in the same Manila district where Malacañang is located and some political pundits are eyeing Ang as a potential candidate in the next presidential elections.
But the 66-year old bilyonaryo is quick to deny speculation on his political ambitions.
“Baka isipin niyo ang dami kong sinasabi at may balak akong tumakbo ha, kahit barangay captain po ay wala,” said Ang during the inauguration of San Miguel’s 4,000-a-day (expandable to 12,000) COVID testing facility which he called a game changer due to its low cost (P2,500) and quick results (from three to 24 hours).
Other bilyonaryos who have thrown their hats into the presidential race are the late San Miguel chairman and CEO Danding Cojuangco (1992) and Many Villar (2010).
Rumors of a possible run in 2022 have gained traction after Ang and San Miguel emerged as the most generous and aggressive donors since President Rodrigo Duterte declared a lockdown in mid-March to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
San Miguel’s COVID efforts have exceeded P13 billion as of July (including P100 million personal donation from Ang) with Ang addressing all the major concerns of the public from expanding COVID testing capacity and making them affordable to providing alcohol and protective gear to ensuring food stability and income of farmers.