MANILA, Philippines — Veteran journalist Noli de Castro on Wednesday announced that he is withdrawing his senatorial bid for the 2022 national and local elections.
De Castro’s latest decision comes less than a week after announcing his candidacy.
“Nitong mga nakaraang araw, taimtim kong pinag-isipan ang desisyong pagbalik bilang isang mambabatas,” Kabayan Noli said in his statement.
“Ang nag-udyok sa akin ay ang hangaring muling bigyan ng boses sa Senado ang ating mga kababayan, lalung-lalo na ang mga ordinaryong Pilipino, na ang tanging hangarin ay mabuhay ng maayos, payapa, at may dignidad sa gitna ng pandemya,” he added.
De Castro said, that despite his decision to withdraw, his dream and aspiration for the country are still intact.
He said he can still be of help to the people in giving them a voice by remaining to be a broadcast practitioner.
“Binibigyang diin ko po, hindi nagbabago at magbabago ang ating layunin at hangad para sa bayan,” he said.
“Patuloy tayong magiging boses ng ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa panahong katulad nito na ang boses na iyon ay nalulunod sa ingay ng pulitika at paggamit ng kapangyarihan para sa sariling interes ng iilan.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Isko Moreno, whom De Castro thanked for his support, said he respects the former vice president’s decision.
“In truth, when my team was convincing him to run once more for the Senate, he contemplated on it for a long time. We respect his decision to forego his re-entry into national politics, and wish him well because we know that he will continue to have the best interests of our people, as the Pambansang Kabayan, in his heart,” Moreno said.
Aksyon Demokratiko chairperson, Ernest Ramel, added that De Castro will continue to be a member of Aksyon Demokratiko.
“We will continue to consult with him having vast experience in public service and his dedication to the welfare of the Filipinos. We are saddened by his decision but we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” he said. —/mbmf