Former vice president Noli de Castro on Wednesday said he has withdrawn his candidacy for senator in the 2022 elections, citing “change of plans.”
“Isinumite ko ang aking kandidatura sa Comelec noong Biyernes. Ngunit nagkaroon ng pagbabago ang aking plano,” De Castro said in a statement.
“Nais kong iparating sa lahat ng aking mga kaibigan at supporters na naghahanda na sanang tumulong sa akin, na nagpasiya akong hindi na ituloy ang aking kandidatura.”
(I submitted my candidacy to the Comelec last Friday. But there has been a change of plan. I wish to inform my friends and supporters who were preparing to help me that I have decided not to push through with my candidacy.)
Also a veteran broadcaster and a former senator, De Castro said he realized he would be of great help to the public by continuing his profession in journalism.
“Gayunpaman, hindi po nagbago ang aking layunin at hangad para sa bayan. Kasabay ng pagdarasal sa Poong Nazareno, napag-isip-isip kong mas makakatulong ako sa pagbibigay ng boses sa ating mga kababayan sa pamamagitan ng pamamahayag,” he said.
(However, this does not change my goal for the country. While praying to the Nazarene, I realized I would be of greater help to the public if I stay in the field of broadcasting.) —KBK/RSJ, GMA News
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